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Return to the Shadowy World of Espionage with Bendis and Maleev in Event Leviathan: Checkmate

The results of the Event Leviathan miniseries established a new world order among the espionage agencies of the DC Universe, now united under the single banner of the mysterious Leviathan!

Leviathan has agents and acolytes all over the world, but what exactly are they following? What’s the secret behind Leviathan’s power? The planet’s last, best hope against this rampant threat is an unlikely collection of allies that will form the new Checkmate! The most dangerous spies in all of DC must team up to take the world back from Leviathan before all is lost.

Green Arrow, The Question, Lois Lane and Talia Al Ghul are the last line of defense against Leviathan, but there’s a secret hero working from the shadows that could mean the difference between victory or defeat for this new version of Checkmate. Who is it? Find out when the debut issue of Event Leviathan: Checkmate hits comic book retailers and participating digital stores on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Event Leviathan: Checkmate is a six-issue miniseries written by Brian Michael Bendis and art by Alex Maleev.

Event Leviathan: Checkmate #1

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Preview: Event Leviathan #6 (of 6)

Event Leviathan #6 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

From the Eisner Award-winning team of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and groundbreaking artist Alex Maleev, the shocking conclusion to the biggest DC mystery of the year! Who is Leviathan? What do they want? How have they dismantled the most powerful secret agencies in the world? And what’s their next deadly move? The greatest detectives of the DC Universe descend on Leviathan, and all the answers are revealed! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of this storyline!

Event Leviathan #6 (of 6)

Preview: Event Leviathan #5 (of 6)

Event Leviathan #5 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

From the Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it’s the reveal of the biggest mystery of the summer. Who is Leviathan? And what is their true goal? You’re going to find out here! Plus, Lois Lane had a whole other team working this story the entire time, and-oh man!-someone found something!

Event Leviathan #5 (of 6)

Preview: Event Leviathan #4 (of 6)

Event Leviathan #4 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Batman versus Superman! Witness the interrogation of the decade as Bruce Wayne tears into Superman to find the missing piece of the Leviathan puzzle they both need. It’s a battle of wits and wills as the greatest detectives in the universe get together to figure out the why and how of Leviathan before it’s too late. And when that doesn’t work…in comes Lois Lane! From the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, it’s another fully painted noir thriller that will tear a bloody trail through the DC Universe.

Event Leviathan #4 (of 6)

Preview: Event Leviathan #3 (of 6)

Event Leviathan #3 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Aug 14, 2019
SRP: $3.99

From the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it’s DC’s biggest whodunit in years! The world’s greatest detectives-Batman, Green Arrow, Lois Lane, Plastic Man, the Question and Martian Manhunter-have gathered to solve the mystery behind the true identity of Leviathan’s leaders and the destruction of the world’s top intelligence agencies! Red Hood is their leading suspect-and he is on the loose! Plus, the Silencer takes her shot! This mystery will unleash a new evil on the DC Universe!

Event Leviathan #3 (of 6)

Preview: Event Leviathan #2 (of 6)

Event Leviathan #2 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“The Detectives”! EVENT LEVIATHAN, the new miniseries by the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, continues! As the mystery of Leviathan continues to rock the very foundations of the DC Universe, the world’s greatest detectives gather for the first time anywhere to solve the mystery before it’s too late! Lois Lane leads Batman, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Manhunter, the Question and a couple of genuine guest sleuths in the search for who Leviathan is and how their plans have already unfolded. This issue also guest-stars Red Hood, Batgirl and more!

Event Leviathan #2

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Event Leviathan #1
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Review: Event Leviathan #1

Event Leviathan #1

There’s gorgeous, atmospheric art and colors from Alex Maleev, but also tiresome, repetitive arguments about Talia al Ghul from Brian Michael Bendis even after the previous Leviathan Special basically proved that the destruction of all the DC Universe’s secret organizations isn’t her doing. This sentence shows that Event Leviathan #1 is the ultimate mixed bag. However, it does a nice job setting the mood for the ultimate DC Universe closed door mystery unless it veers off and does a Heroes in Crisis, which I don’t expect from the writer of Powers and two of Marvel’ greatest crime sagas (Alias, Daredevil).

In true decompressive fashion, Event Leviathan #1 is all set up, and it doesn’t really introduce any new information that previous issues of Action Comics, the Leviathan Special, and marketing material haven’t covered. However, Bendis and Maleev give readers Batman, Lois Lane, Steve Trevor, and a couple surprise guests in the ruins of ARGUS asking questions, bickering, and generally acting very paranoid. Except for a couple glorious flashbacks showing the destruction of ARGUS and the other organizations, Maleev predominantly uses small box panels or quite thin vertical panels to show how characters have been stretched to their breaking point as they figure out the identity and mission of Leviathan.

In particular, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Steve Trevor is a revelation as he somehow survived the destruction of ARGUS’ Odyssey, a building that was the brainchild of the mysterious Dr. Strand and was supposed to bridge superheroes and ordinary humans. The fact that he survived such a colorful and complete explosion has basically given Trevor PTSD, and he is worlds away from the competent agent and occasional Wonder Woman squeeze.

Bendis gives his dialogue almost a babbling pattern with a veneer of self-awareness that clashes with the sharp deductions of Lois Lane, brooding presence of Batman, and the quips of Green Arrow. He’s paranoid as hell and starts pointing and firing guns when Batman is just a little soft on Talia’s connection to Leviathan, probably, because she is Damian’s mother. (Lois Lane and Steve Trevor don’t know this.) But Trevor has a badass side too like when he lands a solid jab at Batman by saying ARGUS always comes up with a countermeasure when he comes up with a new gadget.

That line is the perfect setup for the flashback to the ARGUS explosion, which allows Maleev to work in a more widescreen mode with a sunnier color palette. (Even if that sun is more of a sunset.) It represents Dr. Strand’s optimism in her project contrasted with Trevor’s stubble sporting realism as he knows what happens to the DEO and other organizations, just wants to get the hell out of there, and doesn’t care about optics or lofty ideals.

Then, there’s a symphony of colors like blues, reds, oranges, and yellows with just a touch of Kirby krackle that builds to a full page crescendo that almost looks like Maleev’s painted work. Yeah, it’s just a big explosion like readers have seen in almost every summer event comic/blockbuster movie. But Maleev’s choice of palette and staging make it stick in the brain for an extra half second and ponder why Steve Trevor was caught in a kind of blue force field while the rest of his team perished. It’s the raw material that the team of detectives will sift through in future issues.

Maybe, I’m getting blinded by cool Alex Maleev visuals and storytelling techniques, and Event Leviathan will be five issues of circular banter and quickly resolve the plot in issue six. However, the Batman/Lois Lane dialogue will at least crackle as two of the most competent individuals on the planet try to find a needle in the DC Universe haystack. And did I mention that they have a complex relationship with the most powerful person on the planet too? Plus it’s fun to see the crack team of Bendis and Maleev get down and noir-y in a new universe. Maleev’s use of shadows that imply Batman is hiding something are a thing of beauty, and as long as you’re okay with a little bit of decompression with your espionage noir, Event Leviathan #1 is worth checking out and is more Agatha Christie than Michael Bay.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Alex Maleev Letters: Joshua Reed
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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