Action Comics #1011

by Batmanaruto on May 22, 2019

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Steve Epting
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Publisher: DC Comics

Bendis’ run on Action Comics and Superman, Bendis has been able to show that Bendis really gets and understands the character of Superman. Whilst some of his choices have been controversial, there are definitely more positives than negatives overall in both runs. With this particular issue, it ends the leviathan rising story arc and acts as a prelude to the Leviathan summer event. The issue just wraps up what happens in previous issues so not a lot goes on, which is why this review will be covering my thoughts on the leviathan rising story arc in general.

If you have read any of Bendis’ previous works you would know that even as a writer he is pretty controversial. There are some runs of his that people absolutely love and some that people absolutely hate. It is no secret that Bendis has a reputation of playing very fast and loose with continuity, and makes decisions that often only benefit his own stories. Having said all that the area where most people feel Bendis shines is when he is writing street level characters such as Spider-man and Daredevil. With the leviathan rising story arc Bendis has really taken Superman to a street-level as there isn’t really a big bad guy for Superman to punch, and Bendis is choosing to focus more on the detective and investigative side of Superman’s history.

The dynamic that Bendis has between Superman and Lois in this arc, relaxes those that were initially worried about their relationship. Bendis also pulls from many corners of the DC Universe and even in this issue returns Kate Spencer to the position of Manhunter. He also has respect for continuity in that he acknowledges characters such as Tiger and Huntress who have had past interactions and positions in Spyral and the wider DC Universe intelligence community.

The main plot of the arc focuses on who and what is Leviathan. The mystery that Bendis crafts in this arc is so engaging and intriguing that it acts as a great prelude for those that were unsure about the quality of the Leviathan event. The idea to have Superman and Lois go undercover as Spyral agents was brilliant.

Although I said not much happenend in the final issue of the arc, I did still really enjoy it and I am personally really excited for what Bendis plans for Superman in the future.


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