"Leviathan #1" 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 August 1st, 2018
All Ryan wanted to do was have a few people over for a nice little party, but someone had to invite Goth Jimmy and a few others. Now he's out of beer and has to run out and get some, leaving his idiot friends alone in his place. Normal people would probably rifle through his stuff or just make conversation with one another. Not these folks. Instead, they perform a summoning ceremony and call forth a huge fire-breathing monster that destroys Ryan's apartment building. Thanks a lot, Goth Jimmy.
As fun as Leviathan's story is, Nick Pitarra's artwork absolutely steals the show. It's full of so many details and sight gags, you'll spend a lot of time searching through each nook and cranny to find every reference and joke. I've gone through this issue twice and I'm sure I haven't found all of them yet.
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These details extend to more than just the humor of Leviathan. Every image is jam-packed with an incredible amount of line work. The monster itself is impressive enough on its own, as you can see each individual scale on its skin. The fire it breathes is not just a generic flame. It's a swirling vortex of energy. A really cool touch is the smoke we see when it first appears which spirals out to form “666” in the air, just in case you weren't clear that this thing is bad news.
Goth Jimmy might just be my new favorite comic character, and before you ask, no, that was not my nickname in high school. He's introduced in such an ominous way and you can tell right off the bat that this guy is a total jerk. Pitarra shows him as this total sleazeball with beady little eyes and hair in all the wrong places. He's like a real-life version of Beavis and Butt-Head.
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Writer John Layman keeps you on your toes throughout Leviathan. The story follows a few tropes, especially with the relationship between Ray and his girlfriend Vivian and then he throws them all out the window. This move is full of dark humor, which works so well with the overall vibe of the book.
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.
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