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The masked supervillian known as Leviathan, in Event Leviathan #1, DC Comics (2019).

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DC finally revealed Leviathan, Superman’s apocalyptic villain

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

After months of teasing, misdirection, and red herrings, the finale of DC Comics’ Event Leviathan finally told us who the heck Leviathan is.

As the head of the spy organization of the same name that, Leviathan destroyed all the covert super-spy organizations and evil secret societies in the DC Universe in one fell swoop. The six-issue miniseries, from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, followed a group of the DC Universe’s greatest detectives, as they tried to figure out who Leviathan was in a single night, before the rest of their plan could be put into effect.

Bendis maintained that Leviathan wasn’t a new character, but someone who existed in DC Comics canon. And as revealed by Event Leviathan #6, that someone was a relatively unknown superhero with a long origin in DC Comics history: Manhunter.

Like 1940s comics characters who never reached the popularity of a Justice League member, Manhunter has been through waves of reinvention. He began as a non-costumed crime fighter, but was revived several times as a red-clad and masked vigilante detective — and as an army of robots called the Manhunters who preceded the Green Lantern Corps. as a failed attempt to police the galaxy.

Now, he’s one of Superman’s canniest foes. We’ll just have to wait and see how long this incarnation sticks!

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? I’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor, me, enjoyed over the past seven days. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” Let’s get started!

Event Leviathan #6

Leviathan unmasked on the cover of The Daily Planet in Leviathan #6, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev/DC Comics

Mark Shaw, the 1980s incarnation Manhunter, turned out to be Leviathan. He was a human man empowered for costumed crime-fighting by the remnants of the ancient robot Manhunter army. Now he’s gone all mastermind-y trying to remake the world in a better image, etc. etc.. You know how this villain stuff goes.

Far Sector #1

Green Lantern Sojourner Mullein begins to investigate the first murder on the City Enduring in 500 years, in Far Sector #1, DC Comics (2019). N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell/DC Comics

N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell’s Far Sector finally kicked off this week and it’s got a great hook, great worldbuilding, and absolutely gorgeous art. If you like science-fiction mysteries, you should get in on the ground floor with this one.

The Batman’s Grave #2

Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth grump into the kitchen and then share a wry smile as they deal with their separate “hangovers” in The Batman’s Grave #2, DC Comics (2019). Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch/DC Comics

I’m still waiting for the real plot of The Batman’s Grave to show itself, but also loving how Ellis writes Bruce and Alfred.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #3

Poison Ivy destroys some plant soldiers in an outift made of ivy leaves and plated wood armor, in Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #3, DC Comics (2019). Jody Houser, Adriana Melo/DC Comics

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy is a comic about women defending their girlfriends (and I don’t mean friends who are girls), and I’m really into this Ivy-makes-armor-out-of-bark look.

Superman #17

Superman asks Lois if she’ll come fly with him. She refuses initially, but then he gives her sad puppy dog eyes and she relents, in Superman #17, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Maguire/DC Comics

I’d fall for those big blue puppy dog eyes, too, Lois.

Wonder Woman #82

Wonder Woman visits Peng Deilan, the Wonder-Woman of China, in Wonder Woman #82, DC Comics (2019). Steve Orlando, Kieran McKeown/DC Comics

Hey! It’s the Wonder-Woman of China! I’m so glad someone out there is remembering that the Justice League of China exists and is great.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #58

Galactus explains that change and the value of story to Squirrel Girl, and by proxy, the reader, in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #58, Marvel Comics (2019). Ryan North, Derek Charm/Marvel Comics

If you read one comic this week, make it the finale of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, if only for the scene with Galactus. It’s a beautiful metaphor about dealing with loss and necessary change, for how to navigate the ever shifting status quo of Marvel and DC comics characters, and also is the book’s creators speaking directly to its many kid-aged fans who have to say goodbye. It almost made me cry.

X-Men #2

The sentient islands of Krakoa and Arakko meet and knit themselves together with lots of suggestive vines and flowers, as Cyclops, Cable, and Rachel Summers watch in X-Men #2, Marvel Comics (2019). Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu/Marvel Comics

Meanwhile, in X-Men #2, two sentient islands did some very personal business and now the mutants’ utopia is, uh, bigger.

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #3

Mid-fight, Mockingbird explains to Okoye that she makes jokes during combat to keep from endlessly swearing, as John Jameson, swears repeatedly behind them, in Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #3, Marvel Comics (2019). Jim Zub, Lan Medina/Marvel Comics

I’m a simple woman: A comic makes me laugh out loud, I put it in the roundup.

Runaways #27

Niko awkwardly tries on a very skimpy costume, to the variously embarrassed, interested, furious, and amused expressions of her teammates, in Runaways #27, Marvel Comics (2019). Ranbow Rowell, Kris Anka/Marvel Comics

Runaways gets a runner-up prize for Best Scene This Week, in a bit where all the characters try on new costumes from a giant closet. Kris Anka nails these faces, especially Nico’s girlfriend, Karolina (top right).

ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt #1

The elf Skywise zooms through his lush forest home in ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt #1, Dark Horse Comics (2019). Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, Sonny Strait/Dark Horse Comics

I thought that some of you might like to know that ElfQuest is back with a new story and it’s about Skywise being very gay.

Reaver #5

The protagonist of Reaver realizes that the old sorcerer and his mute bodyguard were actually a mute sorcerer and the old man’s dead body she’d ensorcelled to pose as her master, in Reaver #5, Image Comics (2019). Justin Jordan, Rebekah Isaacs/Image Comics

Reaver #5 has my favorite kind of reveal: The powerful old sorcerer jerk with a mute female slave turned out to actually be a corpse being puppeted by a mute female sorcerer. If I had a dime for every time that happened to me...


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