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While Superman responds to the global chaos caused by Leviathan, Metropolis faces a local menace: the invisible mafia and its metahuman enforcer, the Red Cloud. Plus, Lex Luthor returns to Metropolis offering villains greater power. With enemies on all sides, Superman needs the help of new superhero Naomi! Event Leviathan meets “Year of the Villain” in these stories from Ac While Superman responds to the global chaos caused by Leviathan, Metropolis faces a local menace: the invisible mafia and its metahuman enforcer, the Red Cloud. Plus, Lex Luthor returns to Metropolis offering villains greater power. With enemies on all sides, Superman needs the help of new superhero Naomi! Event Leviathan meets “Year of the Villain” in these stories from Action Comics #1012-1016.


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While Superman responds to the global chaos caused by Leviathan, Metropolis faces a local menace: the invisible mafia and its metahuman enforcer, the Red Cloud. Plus, Lex Luthor returns to Metropolis offering villains greater power. With enemies on all sides, Superman needs the help of new superhero Naomi! Event Leviathan meets “Year of the Villain” in these stories from Ac While Superman responds to the global chaos caused by Leviathan, Metropolis faces a local menace: the invisible mafia and its metahuman enforcer, the Red Cloud. Plus, Lex Luthor returns to Metropolis offering villains greater power. With enemies on all sides, Superman needs the help of new superhero Naomi! Event Leviathan meets “Year of the Villain” in these stories from Action Comics #1012-1016.

30 review for Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Just like Bendis used to do over at Marvel, his main books take a bit of a back seat during his big events, becoming companion pieces. So I suggest reading Event: Leviathan before tackling this. I like the renewed focus on the Invisible Mafia. I think they are Bendis's best addition to the Superman books. This book is a bit herky-jerky with Event: Leviathan, Year of the Villain and Naomi: Season One all taking bites of the Superman apple. But Bendis's attention to snappy dialog keeps this train Just like Bendis used to do over at Marvel, his main books take a bit of a back seat during his big events, becoming companion pieces. So I suggest reading Event: Leviathan before tackling this. I like the renewed focus on the Invisible Mafia. I think they are Bendis's best addition to the Superman books. This book is a bit herky-jerky with Event: Leviathan, Year of the Villain and Naomi: Season One all taking bites of the Superman apple. But Bendis's attention to snappy dialog keeps this train moving and keeps it interesting. Szymon Kudranski illustrates this whole arc. While I give kudos to DC for keeping one artist on the book, I'm not a fan. Kudranski's art is always sludgy and dark. Someone needs to teach him how lighting works unless he lives in a hole or something.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Creator Brian Michael Bendis is far from done infusing his own surge of creativity into the DC universe. Ever since his debut with DC after jumping ships and letting go of Marvel, he has now implemented key characters, worlds, and stories, that all allow the DC universe to embark on a revitalizing new adventure filled with possibilities but also to escape inevitable status quo that is often noted by readers. With his Event Leviathan now unveiled You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Creator Brian Michael Bendis is far from done infusing his own surge of creativity into the DC universe. Ever since his debut with DC after jumping ships and letting go of Marvel, he has now implemented key characters, worlds, and stories, that all allow the DC universe to embark on a revitalizing new adventure filled with possibilities but also to escape inevitable status quo that is often noted by readers. With his Event Leviathan now unveiled, he can proceed to further explore various sub-plots that have been planted left and right into a fertile land of story-telling ever since the beginning of his DC career. The real question now is to see if he'll be able to give all these stories the proper resolution to make them all worthwhile in the end. What is Superman: Action Comics: Leviathan Hunt about? With Leviathan setting off a chain of events across the world by taking down secret intelligence agencies, Superman finds himself quite busy with the Invisible Mafia now resurfacing amidst all the chaos. It doesn't help when their intangible enforcer known as Red Cloud is back at it again and ready more than ever to tussle with the Man of Steel once again. But Metropolis couldn't be any more of a danger zone without the interference of Lex Luthor himself. Collecting Superman: Action Comics issues #1012-1016, this story arc returns back the spotlight onto the Invisible Mafia and the mysterious Red Cloud villain while additional threats enter the scene. With the issues composing this story arc released during the "Year of the Villain" DC Comics event, it isn't hard to realize a couple of flaws that transpired from this timing. The most notable problem that comes with this story arc is its structure. It's simply all over the place. One second the story brings back Robinson Goode's trials as a rookie journalist at the Daily Planet and Marisol Leone as the Queenpin of Metropolis through her dominion over the Invisible Mafia, and the next second the story teases the arrival of a brand-new devastating designer drug known as Apocalypse, the sudden implication of the split-personality vigilante Rose/Thorn who is somehow connected to the whole Leviathan event, the mysterious resurgence of Lex Luthor and his enigmatic plans, and, of course, the deus ex machina that is Naomi McDuffie. Let's just say that Action Comics is now ACTION Comics. While the story might be floating around a bit too much in this latest arc, struggling to really get some kind of footing, and making the main plot move forward much more efficiently, writer Brian Michael Bendis continues to display his marvelous grasp on Superman's lore and the characters of his universe. From Lois Lane to Perry White, he delivers some of the most hilarious banters yet, especially when the volume in itself is almost exempt from Superman's omnipresence and looks to focus on the supporting cast a lot more. It is also interesting to see writer Brian Michael Bendis continue to incorporate his Wonder Comics characters into the DC universe, especially with Naomi this time around, although her role here, as previously mentioned, is a bit out of the blue. While it does wrap things up for what takes place after Naomi: Season One, her arrival really tossed things into the air, allowing no resolution for all the other sub-plots introduced, including the one where the Red Cloud's origin story was supposed to be revealed. For this story arc, artist Szymon Kudranski was kept from cover to cover, allowing the story to possess a darker, grittier, but much more intimate tone. Although Clark Kent, Superman, and Lois Lane's facial design was disconcerting and not at all to my liking, the overall artistic vision that was prioritized was surprisingly stunning. From blur effects to colour contrasts that allow a certain focus on key characters, the artwork remained authentic and original. Colourist Brad Anderson also continues his phenomenal work as always as well and helps bring to life this story in ways that only images can. It was also refreshing to indulge certain sequences where the panel structure was unconventional, allowing multiple narratives to take place at the same time (e.g. interviews with random citizens while Superman is in the middle of a devastating battle). Speaking of originality, writer Brian Michael Bendis brings another of his quirky touches to each individual issue by including a full-page pseudo-Twitter feed for the Daily Planet that offers insight on events inside the DC universe (e.g. events taking place in other heroes' worlds) but also outside of it (e.g. brand-new stories released by fellow creative teams). Superman: Action Comics: Leviathan Hunt is an entertaining yet cursory story-arc zipping through a myriad of sub-plots centered around villains in the heart of Metropolis. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I felt this volume was a bit weaker than the past two. I loved the stuff with Niomi and Batman/Superman and so on. All fun. I also enjoy all the cute moments with Lois and Superman. The Levithan storyline bleeds into here and it's presented a bit confusing and that's coming from someone who read the event. I also think the main threat isn't all that scary or interesting. Saying that the art is still fantastic and I enjoy the voice Bendis has for Superman. A 3.5 out of 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    A Superman comic without Superman? That's sort of the premise of Bendis' Action Comics and he really does marvelous things with it, not only giving lots of attention to the normally supporting cast but also taking a really human look at Superman. The Invisible Mafia are the star of this volume, and Bendis nicely advances their storyline, moving the major characters around and having them increasingly interacting with our stars. One of the missteps, however, is to tantalize us with the origin of t A Superman comic without Superman? That's sort of the premise of Bendis' Action Comics and he really does marvelous things with it, not only giving lots of attention to the normally supporting cast but also taking a really human look at Superman. The Invisible Mafia are the star of this volume, and Bendis nicely advances their storyline, moving the major characters around and having them increasingly interacting with our stars. One of the missteps, however, is to tantalize us with the origin of the Red Mist and then drop it entirely. (I don't even know what's up with that, if I missed a side-story or what.) The last two issues are a somewhat unfortunate clean-up of the Naomi: Season One storyline. I mean, it's not bad, but it definitely does feel like an interruption (and that Naomi doesn't really belong in the gritty storyline of the Invisible Mafia). Still, a nice volume: I hope they have some good collections of Bendis' Action Comics when he's all done.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    Have you heard about fill-in issues? Well, this was a fill-in set. 5 issues of nothing, and then Naomi. We’re in some serious trouble when the funniest part of the story is that Batman shows up. Really. Other than that, Metropolis is now Gotham City, and the tone of the book is that of Detective Comics. How Bendis got green-lighted on this is anyone’s guess. Highly not recommended. Read in single issues.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The story really gets hijacked by DC trying to introduce this "Naomi" character and make her out to be stronger than Superman. This was also the absolute worst drawing of Lois Lane that I have ever seen. Lois has never been Wonder Woman, but the artist made her look like Etta Candy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tarara Jay

    I added a whole star for the last issue; I really loved seeing that "mentor" side of Superman. I enjoyed the last issue quite a bit. As a whole, this volume was just "fine". Bendis' writing, esp the dialogue, continues to be hit or miss for me and I just can't seem to really get into this Leviathan arc. I do plan to read the next volume.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Bendis’ writing is still solid, but with Red Cloud, the Invisible Mafia, Leviathan and whatever is going on at STAR Labs, there’s a lot of build-up waiting for a payoff. Nothing gets resolved here. Very much the middle of a story. The guest appearance by Naomi and side trip to the Hall of Justice was fun.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Sort of a pivot point between the main Action series and the events of Naomi, Legion of Superheroes and Event Leviathan, all three of which I like. But this does feel more like appendices than a single complete story or chapter. Very cool to see Szymon Kudranski take on Superman after becoming familiar with his work on the decidedly different Punisher.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John

    Who's hunting whom?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Story's disjointed, but Bendis never fails to showcase everything I love about Superman, so I'm still on board.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    This could very well be worst art I've ever seen on a Bendis book. And the story isn't much better, to be honest. I'm giving this series another chance with the next storyarc and then I'm off.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rod

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cookie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abheshek

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steve Long

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dev

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kade-Mica Battles

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

  21. 5 out of 5

    M

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Spears

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Reeve

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joey Segura

  27. 5 out of 5

    Acton Northrop

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vangelis Kritikos

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elessar

  30. 4 out of 5

    Romain

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