Current Superman writer Brian Michael Bendis has shared new details about DC’s upcoming Event Leviathan story, including which characters appear in the first issue and the overall scope.
Leviathan has already started to trickle into Action Comics ahead of a proper beginning this May with the Superman Levithan Rising special. Yesterday, Bendis made one of his regular long appearances on John Siuntres Word Balloon Podcast. The conversation was, as usual, wide-ranging, but it did include some tantalizing new info about Leviathan. It’s going to be an event that sort of runs counter to expectations, eschewing the usual world-threatening event for a quieter, more contained thriller motif.
“Most events are big and loud and crashing, you know?” Bendis said on the podcast. “This one is sinister. This one is about the shadows.”
We already know the plot involves someone taking out the major spy agencies and many of the villainous organizations in the DCU. What was also telling on the podcast, perhaps, was the list of detective characters to be featured right from the story’s start (a list that Bendis noted would continue to expand as the plot developed). It was Lois Lane, Batman, The Question, Steve Trevor, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Manhunter Kate Spencer, and a few Bendis declined to unveil just yet. Lois Lane, he noted, would be in nearly every panel of the story, which is to be drawn by long-time Bendis collaborator Alex Maleev. Lois, whom Bendis called “the most dangerous woman in the DC Universe” is going to be determined to solve the mystery at the story’s core.
Bendis also said there’s a “bubbling STAR Labs conspiracy” happening throughout all his books, one that maybe factors into Leviathan. STAR Labs, readers may recall, seems to have inadvertently sent the entire Earth into the Phantom Zone during the opening arc of Bendis’ run on the Superman title.
Other tidbits of note in the conversation (which, really, you should all listen to if interested because Word Balloon is a great podcast) include the following…
- Matt Fraction’s forthcoming Jimmy Olsen comic with Steve Lieber will be similar to the former’s classic run on Hawkeye. “”For those who have missed Hawkeye desperately and would like to see Matt hawk-eye Jimmy Olsen…he goddamn did it.”
- Aging up Jon Kent is the thing in his run “that pissed everybody off.” And he understands those feelings, but assures readers they did it for a reason. “We believe we have amazing stories to tell behind the scenes, like really great ones, including the reunion of Jon and Damian.”
- Artist Kris Anka (Captain Marvel, Runaways) will make a DC debut in Young Justice, in a forthcoming issue that features Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown, connecting back to James Tynion’s Detective Comics run.
- When the Young Justice team leaves Gemworld, “they may not make it back to the earth they were trying to get to…” Expect this in Young Justice #6 and #7.