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Leviathan Dawn #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 26, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 20
7.1Critic Rating
4.8User Rating

Exploding out of the pages of the Event Leviathan miniseries, this all-new special blasts the DC Universe into a dangerous and brave new future! With Leviathan arrived, its leader's identity revealed, and its plans known, what happens next? Now the heroes fight back! Leviathan changed the rules of the game, so now's the time for the biggest players to get together and figure out a new strategy in this brave new world. It's an extra-sized super-spy yarn from the Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev!

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 26, 2020

    Alex Maleev delivers some impressive art throughout. There are some great panels throughout that showcase both the beauty and scale of the environments and every panel has a beautiful sense of artistry to it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 2, 2020

    The rest of the issue checks in with Leviathan itself as Shaw continues his plan including buying Markovia and becoming legitimate in the eyes of the world. The battle, it seems, has just begun. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Feb 26, 2020

    Overall, Leviathan Dawn has sustained a powerful level of intrigue and mystique that continues the need for more exploration into the depth of these characters and this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Feb 26, 2020

    Like any Bendis and Maleev book, Leviathan Dawn is an enjoyable book with great dialogue and stunning visuals. Though you can probably wait until Event Leviathan: Checkmate in April, Leviathan Dawn sets the scene and lets you meet the team before the action starts. Make this your weekend reading, and pick up a copy at your local comic book shop or wherever you get your comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Feb 28, 2020

    As for my Leviathan Theory? Perhaps that mask the Question obtained is some sort of new technological Medusa Mask. Maybe he has embedded mind control tech into his suit and this was a new addition. And maybe, when that tech gets undone, the hive mind of Leviathan will unravel leaving him a solo villain without an army. Let's see if I'm right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Feb 27, 2020

    Leviathan Dawn #1 is the sequel (epilogue?) that I didn't think I wanted. It improves upon Event Leviathan in nearly every way with a heavier emphasis on character progression. Maleev's art is breathtaking and the script is incredibly tight. At the end of the day, this story exists to remind the reader that the Leviathan plot isn't done for, but more importantly, it makes you okay with that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Feb 26, 2020

    This is still a great read, and I'm genuinely looking forward to the next installment of this spy tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 25, 2020

    As a whole, the story itself has potential. The big question the reception of Checkmate. There are some names readers care about, and there are some readers know well but may have a hard time investing in " then there are some that are complete wild cards. Obviously, the story is centered around Checkmate v. Shaw, so it's pretty important that some of these characters resonate if this story has any chance of succeeding. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 26, 2020

    The first miniseries felt like a slow-burn detective story that didn't quite click given the stakes. This one feels like a high-octane spy thriller, and it's off to a strong start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Feb 26, 2020

    Leviathan Dawn does its job of setting up the next miniseries to come with great art and a solid, well paced script. While I think Bendis has a tendency to get lost whenever he has a group of characters talking over each other, there's enough truly spot on character moments within the issue to show he has a grasp on them. Leviathan has the makings of being a memorable villain, but it's time for his speeches to stop and for his organization to truly put his make the world a better place plan into motion. Bendis has used more than enough arcs over several different series to set the stage for Leviathan's big play. Only time will tell if issues like Leviathan Dawn will be paid off in full, but for now, I'm game to stay aboard. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Feb 26, 2020

    Truth is, Bendis has found the closest thing to success he has in a while by being back with Maleev. His art style consistently accents what Bendis tries to communicate, and the art is always stellar with this duo. Now if only Bendis could help make it more dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 26, 2020

    Alex Maleev continues providing the art for the Leviathan series. At times its hard to determine the identities of some characters as Maleev isnt consistent with their portrayals even from Event Leviathan. Green Arrows facial hair for example fades in and out depending on the panel. Due to the mysterious nature of the story, Maleevs art works, but his character models definitely need more consistency. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 3, 2020

    While I appreciate the need to prune back various spy agencies and I like the cast of characters herein assembled, the plot is very sparse with details and several shocking reveals fall flat because of it. I'm still interested, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Mar 3, 2020

    Bring a pillow " this one is a snooze fest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Feb 27, 2020

    "Leviathan Dawn" #1 teases the next steps of Leviathan's mission with an emotionally cold script. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Rogues Portal - Jonathan Boes Feb 26, 2020

    If youre a DC fan, this is a great mystery/thriller starring some fan-favorite anti-heroes. Bendis knows how to weave a compelling detective tale, and Maldeevs art grounds the larger-than-life heroes in that aesthetic. But if youre just a casual DC fan, this might be one to sit out on. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Feb 26, 2020

    Leviathan Dawn continues the slow-burn style of story without the intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 28, 2020

    We also barely get any action in this issue. At least the art by Maleev is nice to look at. Still, it cannot conceal that there isn't much happening that is very involving, nor is it very exciting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 26, 2020

    After how lackluster the conclusion to Event Leviathan felt I was hoping that this one-shot would at least get me excited for what's to come in Leviathan Checkmate, but it felt exactly like it did before and left me bored throughout, to the point where I was simply page counting to know when it was going to be over because besides for putting a team together that felt out of nowhere, we're only given one big move by Leviathan here and like the reveal of who Leviathan was at the end of the previous event, this did nothing to "wow" me. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Feb 27, 2020

    I didn't like this issue. The main concept of this team is cool; it's a great selection of characters. And the art is great. But Leviathan is a boring villain and concept. I do not care about what's happening here at all. It has potential but this issue is mostly boring. Read Full Review

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