Every day this week will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I'll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened in the last couple of years (basically since I last did the Year of Cool Comic Moments). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I've featured so far.
Today we finish the week off with a look at the reveal of Batman's latest nemesis, the head of the evil organization known as Leviathan, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham...
As we entered Batman: Leviathan Strikes, Batman had had quite an eventful year or so. First he meets his son, Damian Wayne, who has been trained by his mother, Talia (daughter of Ra's Al Ghul), to follow in her footsteps but he instead decided to be a hero like his father. Bruce Wayne had a girlfriend named Jezebel Jet who was part of an evil organization that tried to not only kill Bruce, but destroy his family's reputation in the process. Finally, Batman was sent on a bizarre journey through time at the hands (or should I say the eyes) of Darkseid. Upon his return, Batman decided he needed to step things up in the face of a new, frightening threat called Leviathan, whose spread of evil across the globe helped lead to Batman forming Batman, Incorporated, which involves Batman putting together an army, of sorts, to stop the hordes of Leviathan.
But who IS the head of Leviathan? As we entered the main story in Batman: Leviathan Strikes, the most popular guess as to who the head of the group was Jezebel Jet herself, who everyone THINKS was killed by a group of Man-Bats in an earlier issue but Batman and his allies have their doubts. Is she really dead? Or is she the head of Leviathan? We discover the truth after we see Batman fight against one of of Leviathan's agents, Doctor Dedalus as he is set to start a plan for epic world destruction from the belly of a sinking underwater lair (one of the members of Batman, Inc. who Dedalus thought was secretly working for him, El Gaucho, tries to stop Dedalus after first incapacitating Batman under Dedalus's orders, but gets stabbed by Dedalus and he just can't find the strength to use his weapon against Dedalus before Dedadlus effectively blows up the world)
Now it is up to Batman and his closest allies (Red Robin, Robin and Nightwing - then the alternate Batman) to learn the true mastermind behind all of this. IS it really Jezebel Jet?
Yep, Talia has moved up in the world of villainy.
Such a great ending to the first volume of Batman, Incorporated and it sure set things up well for the current volume. Talia's hatred over the loss of her son has been remarkable to see and I'll probably eventually get to her spotlight issue in Batman Incorporated volume 2 (where we see the background behind her rise to power in Leviathan) in this column, as well.