The right side of a page in the preview for Action Comics #1003 contains a piece of highlighted paper referencing a “DC Comics Mystery Event” by Bendis and a redacted artist. According to the Easter egg, the event’s title is “Leviathan,” which may indicate an event focusing on the criminal organization first introduced in Grant Morrison and David Finch’s 2011 Batman: The Return #1. Although details about the potential event’s plot are unclear, the paper, which a highlighter and mouse obscure, seems to make reference to Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen.
As Bendis’ first event for DC hasn’t been confirmed, there’s a chance that this may be a joke, not a hint at a massive project for the writer. However, the Easter egg is sure to stoke speculation until Bendis’ first event is announced.
Bendis signed an exclusive deal with DC in November, which marked an end to his partnership with Marvel. Bendis made his DC debut with a story in Action Comics #1000. The writer currently works on Superman and Action Comics.
ACTION COMICS #1003
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by YANICK PAQUETTE
cover by PATRICK GLEASON
variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
variant cover by DAVID MACK
How well does Clark Kent know his own city? Are the threats targeting Metropolis new or something older and more dangerous than they seem? With mobsters being killed off and the Daily Planet staff hunting for answers, it’s up to Superman to discover what lurks in the underside of the city he thought he knew so well. Who is the Red Mist, and why has Superman never heard of someone so powerful and dangerous? And what is Lois Lane doing with Lex Luthor?
Action Comics #1003 goes on sale this Wednesday.
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