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Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, Marc Andreyko Artist: Yanick Paquette Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 29, 2019 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 36
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An all-star roster of writers and artists highlight the new threat of Leviathan, but also tees up new ongoing series for Jimmy Olsen by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber, and Lois Lane by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, coming in June! As Leviathan enacts a plan to take down Superman, it's up to Lois, Jimmy and the heroes of the DC Universe to rescue the Man of Steel.

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum May 29, 2019

    Even if you haven't been carefully following along with Superman or even Supergirl and other titles up to this point, Superman: Leviathan Rising #1 is an excellent way to get set for the DC event of the summer"and if "Event Leviathan" is even a fraction as enjoyable of a read as this book, we are in for a serious treat. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm May 29, 2019

    There aren't any low-points in issue #1 of the Leviathan series. Bendis pulls no punches introducing readers to a list of old-school DC criminals mixed with a new face or two. The mystery surrounding Leviathan grows, the peril increases as Superman is over-matched by this group of criminals who are really good at being criminal. I highly recommend this story for readers who are looking for a fresh Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 29, 2019

    Leviathan Rising seems poised to be an event title that lives up to the hype and buzz. This is already shaping up to be the best Bendis contribution to Superman by far. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw May 30, 2019

    Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 is pretty close to perfect. Under Brian Bendis,Action Comics has become one of DC's finest books, and this one-shot is the culmination of its first year of story. Bendis and a large team of collaborators maintain a high level of quality throughout, and I can't wait to see what's coming up inEvent Leviathan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Ritesh Babu May 30, 2019

    A deliciously exciting taste of what's on the horizon for Big Blue and his entire world, from hysterical & strange Olsen adventures to grounded thrillers with Lois Lane and so much more Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 29, 2019

    With Event Leviathan launching next month and taking over the DCU as the shadowy spy agency makes their move against the world's heroes, Superman: Leviathan Rising #1, a mega-sized one-shot that has stories from the main Super-books " plus the upcoming solo series for Lois and Jimmy " coming together into a compelling and tense spy thriller that delivers in excitement but has some odd tone issues throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence May 29, 2019

    This book was beautiful, funny, and thoughtful. Even the Supergirl portion, who I am all but completely ignorant about was personally compelling. But Lois Lane was the MVP in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece May 29, 2019

    Superman: Leviathan Rising #1 is an expensive comic, coming in at $9.99 for approximately 70 pages, but three out of the four stories included are really top-notch, making it worth the high cover price. The issue serves as a very exciting appetizer for the upcoming Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane maxi-series, debuting next month. If a good comic feels like a meal, then this issue is an excellent buffet, one where you might find yourself leaving a little overstuffed. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 29, 2019

    Superman: Leviathan Rising is off to a great start, and I'm cautiously optimistic that it will maintain its present course. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux May 29, 2019

    Superman Leviathan Rising #1 is both a great set-up for future stories and a stellar one on its own. Your mileage may vary on certain stories, but as an overall package, it's very well crafted. It hits you right where all good Superman stories should, and in a few places, you may not expect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips May 29, 2019

    In relation to the main story however, the mystery that surrounds Leviathan as a villain has made this a captivating storyline that has been teased and threaded throughout many of the DC properties. This 73-page issue is certainly one you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard May 31, 2019

    Superman: Leviathan Rising is a brilliant issue from a a large creative team that's sure to keep you waiting in anticipation forEvent Leviathan later this summer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Legion - Chris May 29, 2019

    Leviathan is gathering intel on the Man of Tomorrow and I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi May 29, 2019

    Definitely leaving me wanting more, Superman: Leviathan Rising Special lays the groundwork for what will surely be an exciting and memorable event. Leviathan is the most interesting villain introduced in a while, but will the mystery surrounding him have a satisfying pay-off? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Jun 3, 2019

    Not much is really revealed in terms of what to expect for the event itself, but with the mysterious tone throughout this comic and the choice to place such an emphasis on the investigative journalism of Clark and Lois, there's some early signs that the event will be unique. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 29, 2019

    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. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo May 29, 2019

    With a $9.99 price tag, it is hard to tell you to put SUPERMAN: LEVIATHAN RISING SPECIAL #1 on your must-read list. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 3, 2019

    "Superman: Leviathan Rising" #1 is a fascinating prelude to what is coming next for "Event Leviathan" and the "Superman" line of comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller May 31, 2019

    Five months of work by Brian Bendis and an army of artist pay off in this enormous, action and character packed 80-Page Giant. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 29, 2019

    I enjoyed what we got out of our "Super" characters in this issue, but a lot of this didn't seem needed by the end and some of it just came off as nonsense that didn't care if it tied into the rest of the DCU or not.  The art was great throughout, but overall, this story just seemed bloated to get it to its price tag.  There's some important stuff to the Leviathan story here that got me excited, but it didn't get me excited for the Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen books. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier May 29, 2019

    Imoptimistic the next issue (and those that follow) will build upon theestablished foundation. Answers will be forthcoming, if we are patient. But ifnot, well, I doubt Ill be surprised. Many of DCs recent events have failedto live up to the hype, but this is the first one to feature Bendis. I am toomuch of a DC fan to be anything but optimistic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison May 29, 2019

    It's telling that the best parts of theSuperman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 are those that have nothing to do do with the Leviathan storyline. It is to be hoped that the new Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen series might get a sizable sales boost from the preview here. As for the rest of the book, the Leviathan organization may be rising, but this(anything but) special crashes and burns exiting the gate before it can get onto the runway. Read Full Review

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