Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: John Layman
Artwork: Nick Pitarra
Colours: Michael Garland
Lettering: John Layman
Release Date: 5th September 2018
If you read my review of issue one of Leviathan you may just have picked up the fact that I was massively impressed and enthusiastic about it. I have to say that with this second issue Layman, Pitarra & Garland are just going from strength to strength. So, before I get into this issue in a bit more detail I’d just like to reiterate that you need to BUY THIS COMIC! If you buy nothing else for the rest of the year make sure this title is on your shelf! Seriously, trust me, I wouldn’t give you a bum steer. Buy it! You won’t be disappointed!
So, Ryan Deluca’s house party was a bit of a disaster, what with running out of beer, the Goth gatecrashers unleashing a giant monster which devastated the city and his prospective fiancé getting crushed by a couple of tons of masonry. Trust me though, things are going to get a whole lot worse. The shadowy military group (remember the ones with the suspiciously well prepared-giant robots?) have found something to blame for the disaster… dinosaurs… yes, you heard me, dinosaurs. An entire ecosystem in the bowels of the Earth has been under their surveillance and they’re positive that this is where the giant creature came from.
Their plan is pure genius; release all the dinosaurs on the surface and publicly mow them down for everyone to see. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? Against all probability, having the entire façade of a building drop on her has not killed Vee but she is in a coma, so, having nothing else to do, Ryan sets off to find out what really happened and between dodging dinosaurs, battle crazy soldiers and finding a full on diabolic shrine in his living room he finally finds his way to the only person that can help, Father Gabriel Baron.
As a team Layman, Pitarra & Garland are so blatantly and obviously enthusiastic about this project that it’s incredibly contagious. I’ve read dozens of reviews and Tweets and Facebook posts by people just like me that are pretty much hailing these guys as the second coming. It takes something very special to get a cynical middle-aged Northerner to gush like a teenage girl at a Taylor Swift concert but I have been doing so unapologetically since I picked up the first issue and long may it continue..
Layman continues to write a fantastic story that has you turning page after page and cursing when you get to the last one. Thankfully, Pitarra and Garland have produced such incredibly detailed and vivid artwork that you’re going to keep turning those pages back to get a second look. I don’t give a perfect score lightly and this one is slightly influenced by the first issue but I have to take my hat off to these guy, top marks!
If you want to find out more about LEVIATHAN, make sure to check our our interview with John Layman and Nick Pitarra by CLICKING HERE.
The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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