Leviathan #1

Writer: John Layman Artist: Nick Pittara, Michael Garland Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 1, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 11
8.4Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! Poor Ryan DeLuca didn't buy enough beer for his party, and while he was out on a beer run his idiot buddies busted out some mystical arcana and performed a summoning ceremony-a ceremony that summoned a giant monster from hell!
Join multiple Eisner-winning writer JOHN LAYMAN (CHEW) and Eisner-nominated artist NICK PITARRA (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), along with soon-to-be-nominated-for-best-colorist MICHAEL GARLAND (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) for an eye-popping, face-melting, reality-defying, nonstop rush of pure adrenaline.

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Aaron Kessel Aug 1, 2018

    Leviathan is the combination of love story and monster attacks that's missing from comic book shelves. Leviathan is the newest title from John Layman (Chew) and Nick Pitarra (Manhattan Projects). It's clearly the beginning of something huge. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Aug 1, 2018

    Godzilla meets Final Destination in "LEVIATHAN," a movie that crosses the Monster Attacks formula with "Ouija." No, Godzilla doesn't appear in person, but the comic's monster looks like a close relative on the evolutionary tree, especially in one closeup. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 11, 2018

    Leviathan is a super fun, like a humorous take on Godzilla, but still driven by the human characters. Sure, we get tons of kaiju carnage as this thing rampaging through a city, but that's just part of it. The real fun comes in the human element as Ray comes to grips with how this giant monster just changed his life forever. Plus, how hard is he going to go after Goth Jimmy for ruining everything? He's seriously the worst. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Jul 30, 2018

    I'm already wishing that this was going to be longer than the five-issue run it's slated for, but this is a damned good first issue and I'm already tapping my fingers impatiently for the next instalment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jul 31, 2018

    If humongous fire breathing lizard-like creatures toppling buildings and taking a bite out of everybody is your idea of a good time (I know it is mine), then Leviathan is just what you are looking for. Fast paced story, great art, but funny and thrilling, all at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Aug 1, 2018

    As far as the story goes, Layman establishes a thin and efficient plot to get the action going so character development isn't a priority but Ryan certainly loves Vivian and it shows. It comes across as an exciting schlocky monster movie you'd watch over and over at midnight showings. As a comic, 'Leviathan' is one you dive into and savor each panel for its intricacy and sheer lunacy. There's even a cameo by a public figure that is so wild it could actually be a true depiction. 'Leviathan' is a freaking blast.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Matt Johnson Aug 2, 2018

    Look, as far as first issues go, if you want to have a good time and check out a fun new series, you can't go wrong with Leviathan. You'll smile and appreciate the art from the get-go and if you're a fan of monster movies in any capacity this will appeal to you. My only concern is how long can the fun last? Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Molly Barnewitz Aug 1, 2018

    LEVIATHAN #1 wastes no time in bringing the monster to life. John Layman's humor shines as Nick Pitarra and Michael Garland bring forth a vibrant comic filled with grotesque and politically pointed details! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 31, 2018

    In the end notes, the creative makes readers a promise...we guarantee every issue we're gonna grab you by the throat and throttle you with insane nonstop action until your brains dribble out your ears. ...I'm not really up for all of that (ewwww), but I definitely liked this comic enough to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Aug 2, 2018

    "Leviathan" #1 offers its audience a fresh new world, fully detailed and populated with compelling individuals, challenges and mysteries. The creator's passion for the project is just as obvious as it is contagious. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 31, 2018

    This book isn't one that's for everyone, but for those looking for beautifully realized spectacle, Leviathan might be a big new book for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jul 31, 2018

    It won't please everyone, but kaiju junkies will find a lot to love in Leviathan #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Jun 25, 2018

    Leviathan is action packed, silly, fun, and touching. Relatable for anyone who has ever thrown a party and ran out of beer or had to protect the person they love from Hellspawn. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 1, 2018

    A fun first issue that's a little short on character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Aug 1, 2018

    All in all, this debut issue from Layman and Pitarra was good, but not great. My chief concern after reading it was whether or not they will be able to distinguish themselves from other monster/kaiju fare. The lack of a distinct hook in the story and a pretty bland main character didn’t help much either. I’m fully in “wait and see” mode for the second issue to see if it changes my mind since Chew was one of my favorite non-capes comic of the past ten years. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Aug 1, 2018

    A giant monster attacking a big city is hardly an original idea, but Leviathan approaches it with an almost gleeful level of derangement, which makes sense given the comic's creative team of John Layman and Nick Pitarra. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Corps - Shani Gohar Aug 3, 2018

    I'm curious to see if the next issue chooses to delve more into the personalities of the hobo, the goth, the general and the priest. Or if the sole focus of the story is the battle between the army and the Leviathan. Overall, I enjoyed the beginning of this story enough to give the next issue a chance. Read Full Review

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