Superman: Leviathan Rising #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Rucka, Matt Fraction and Marc Andreyko
Art by Yanick Paquette, Mike Perkins, Steve Lieber, Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn, Paul Mounts and FCO Plascencia
Letters by Dave Sharpe, Simon Bowland, Clayton Cowles, Tom Napolitano and Troy Peteri
The Rundown: The most successful villain in Superman’s life is someone he doesn’t even know exists. Leone anonymity has caught the attention of Leviathan himself and he has some questions to ask of the crime boss, specifically what she would do to get rid of Superman for good. What he finds surprising is that the answer involves taking someone close to the man of steel. Someone no one would suspect.
Clark goes to visit his wife in Chicago and tells her that there are people at their apartment waiting to kidnap him. When he allows himself to be taken, he is introduced to Talia Al Ghul and fitted with a Kryptonite vest to hurt Superman when he comes to rescue him. As the time for Clark to return with the story comes and goes, Lois actually begins to worry. Lois calls in everyone she can to help find her husband as Kara investigates the disappearance of her adopted parents and their link to Leviathan.
At the same time, Leviathan reveals that his goals are at odds with Talia’s by throwing her out of his escape ship.
The Story: The writers have done a really good job of keeping this story interesting to the reader. The overall story is very entertaining and intriguing. Leviathan seems like an interesting character and I wish there were more of him in the story. The interludes are entertaining and add humor to the narrative, but they go on a little too long and don’t particularly enhance the story itself. As much as I enjoy the writers, there is a disjointed element to this story and I really want to see where it’s going once it picks a direction.
The Art: The art is great and all of the artists do a great job of matching the tone of the story and filling the panels with great details.