"Leviathan #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written & lettered by John Layman
Illustrated by Nick Pitarra
Colored by Michael Garland
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 5th, 2018
Ryan Deluca is trying to put the pieces of his life back together. A giant fire-breathing monster destroyed his home and crushed his girlfriend. Things have been better. To make matters worse, the government has forced a bunch of dinosaurs out of the Earth's core and they're hunting the beasts in the streets. Ryan's life was far less complicated a week ago.
Leviathan is proving to be a very unpredictable and delightful comic. The dinosaur angle is as insane as it is hilarious. Basically, as a result of the aforementioned kaiju's appearance, the military thinks the dinosaurs that they've known about for some time is making a move. This time they're going to make sure the extinction sticks.
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So, in addition to the delight of a confused young man and a bigass monster, we've got army men in sci-fi robot suits fighting dinosaurs in the streets of the city. This is amazing. Artist Nick Pitarra absolutely kills it throughout this entire issue. One of the standout panels is a spoof / homage to The Land Before Time as two brontosauruses reach out with a “tree star” and...well...they don't quite make it to the Great Valley.
Pitarra puts an impressive amount of detail in every panel. This is a good and bad thing. It's awesome for some of the action scenes where you see everything specific element of the battle. It's more than a little unsettling when you get a close-up of the kooky old scientist and all his many wrinkles and skin problems. This man's face is like the surface of Mars, covered in craggy hills and valleys. You can get lost in his skin folds. In a comic with dinosaurs and other beasts, this just might be the scariest panel.
Michael Garland's colors are the perfect complement to Pitarra's artwork. I didn't know what the insides of a dinosaur looked like before reading Leviathan #2. Now I know what color their entrails are. It's a learning experience really. Although we're dealing with a potential apocalyptic event, the colors are bright and energetic. This isn't a dark and shadowy comic. It's one you can enter into wide-eyed and ready for more.
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As with the previous issue, there are tons of great sight gags packed into Leviathan. This is a comic you can spend so much time with by dissecting the art and looking at all the little details. A favorite is the diagram of the military's plan to eliminate the dinosaurs. It's a cartoon of a green dinosaur face with x's for eyes. There are also some fun nods to writer John Layman's earlier work, Chew.
Leviathan is an absolute blast. It is non-stop fun that will bring a smile to your face, especially if you enjoy dark humor. The action is over-the-top and completely bonkers. I have no idea where it's going to go next but I can't wait to find out.