Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Rucka, Matt Fraction, Marc Andreyko
Artists: Yanick Paquette, Mike Perkins, Steve Lieber, Eduardo Pansica & Julio Ferreira
Colors: Nathan Fairbairn, Paul Mounts, FCO Plascencia
Letters: Dave Shape, Simon Bowland, Clayton Cowles, Tom Napolitano, ALW’s Troy Peteri
Superman: Leviathan Rising Special plays two roles. The first is to further the mystery of Event Leviathan that Brian Michael Bendis has been teasing since his run started on Action Comics. The second is to give us a taste of what is to come in the new Jimmy Olsen solo series and Lois Lane solo series written by Matt Fraction and Greg Rucka respectively. Overall, I believe that this 80-page special succeeds at both.
With this Leviathan Rising special my intrigue for the mystery of Leviathan has elevated. Apparently not just mine, as the comic book legion group chat has been lit up with theories as to who or what might be the cause of this global “Royal Flush.” The special does a good job at giving us a sense of what the titular villain motivations and tactics are as we see a conversation between, he and Ms. Leone. However, one problem I had with this issue is that it didn’t really appear to me that the detective duo of Clark and Lois found out any new information on Leviathan. I would have liked if Superman and Lois delved deeper into some of the clues, they have been coming across in Action Comics; like the fact that the explosions are coming from a non-destructive force or investigating the Spyral information they got during their time undercover.
I did enjoy the look we got at the new creative teams for the two new solo series coming. I’m especially excited for Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins Lois Lane’s solo series. This special does a good job at establishing the fact that Lois, without Superman, is a powerful person in her own right. We also get a peek at what the Jimmy Olsen solo series will be like. With Matt Fraction heading the series one has to go in expecting pure, crazy fun.The artists all come together to give the different scenes each it’s own feel as Lois’s meeting with 2/3 of the trinity feels vastly different than Jimmy Olsen’s crazy escapades.
Overall, the special was a solid book that sets the stage for what is to come that I think fans will enjoy. Leviathan is gathering intel on The Man of Tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what happens next.