Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: Leviathan

Leviathan is the new jewel of the seas. A behemoth of a ship that has more resemblances with a floating city than a oceanic cruiser.

On its maiden voyage it disappeared into a limbo like dimension before it could reach its destination. The year was 1928. Jump 20 years in the future and the Leviathan is still lost in limbo and a strange murder of a first class passenger triggers an investigation that will take the reader to the deepest secrets of the Leviathan.

This 2000AD book also prints the Tales of the Leviathan short-stories that take place before the main story, with are:

  • Chosen One
  • McLean's Last Case
  • Beyond the Blue Horizon

How good is it?

Leviathan is a horror story about the fate of the Leviathan ocean liner and its crew and passengers.

The story starts 20 years after the sudden, and as of yet unexplained, exile of the Leviathan in some sort of limbo. Right from the start its clear that something is wrong with the ship itself and not only the current situation.

After a mysterious murder of a first class passenger an old Interpol detective is brought into the case to find out what is going on. The investigation will unveil more than expected and the real secret of the Leviathan will be revealed.

The story, while somewhat short, is very compelling and immersive. As soon as the reader turns to page 3 and the mystery is presented is very hard to put the book down.

Tales of the Leviathan helps to flesh out the Leviathan Universe. In the three short stories we will learn how a certain something came to be for the first time, what happens when someone dies in the limbo like dimension and the story of Captain Mclean. This last one is the least consequential, but probably the most fun.

Leviathan is a Black and White book.  D'Israeli art takes a few pages to get used to, but after that is a joy to look at. D'Israeli uses the B&W contrast masterfully, constantly changing from one type of contrast to another so it never feels stale.

The Leviathan as a giant ship is made all the more believable by the detailed drawings of the ship from the inside to the outside.

This collected edition also prints a sketch book where D'Israeli detail, among other thing, the making of the Leviathan ship itself. Its great to see how it was flesh out.

A floating city
That must have hurt

Would I recommend it?

Simply put its the best horror comic I've read in a while. So yes, if you like horror comics you should find the time and place for this one.

If you don't, this might make you like the genre.

Publisher: 2000AD
Year: 2012
Pages: 112
Authors: Ian Edginton, D'Israeli


  1. It's good to know that 2000AD still has such good stories as Leviathan. I must confess, though, that I've never read anything by Edginton (but I've seen D'Israeli's art in other 2000AD stories).

    1. Hi Arion,

      I'm still getting familiar with 2000AD books, but after the great experience with Mazeworld I have to read more.
      Leviathan came up in my searches and I had to read it. I'm glad I did.

  2. This was one of my favourites last year too! Looking forward to a re-read, even.

    1. This was a surprise for me. Bought it on a whim and it made for a great read.