For its short running length, Leviathan remains an extremly well remembered story, even though its been almost ten years since it first ran in the prog. As you might imagine the reason for this is that its a very well crafted and readable tale, which was one of the early stories to be set in Ian Edginton’s universe.

In the year 1928 the city sized ocean liner, the Leviathan, vanished on its maiden voyage along with the thousands of souls on board. After two decades adrift on an alien sea, hope for the return of the ship and its passengers is virtually nil. During their time adrift the people on board have formed their own society, with the upper class living in first class, and the poorer passengers being confined to the den of iniquity that is steerage. Its against this backdrop that the Captain of the ship calls in DS Lament to investigate a series of grizzly murders. Murders in which the victims are found to have had their skin stripped off them. Its an intriguing premise to say the least, and to say any more about what happens over the strips 55 pages would be to ruin it for anyone who has yet to read it. Suffice to say that Edginton turns in one of the finest strips he has ever written for 2000AD, populated with believable characters and glorious art by D’Israeli. D’Israeli’s art is always superb, but it seems to fit the 1920’s art deco stylings of the ship particularly well. I don’t know how he does it, but Ian Edginton somehow always manages to get the perfect artist to draw any of his strips.

As well as the main Leviathan strip, the trade paperback comes complete with three short prequel’s set aboard the Leviathan, as well as six pages of the Captain’s Diary from various points in their twenty year nightmare. These are a nice little addition as they help to flesh out the backstory of Leviathan, breathing more life into the characters and their predicament. If theres one problem with Leviathan it is its length. While the prequels do help, it still feels like its all over far too quickly, and that we don’t get quite the amount of time the strip perhaps needed in order for Edginton to build up the world he had created.

In spite of its length Leviathan remains an excellent strip, and one which would prove to be an integral part of the Edginton universe, as we have since seen references to Leviathan and the events of the story cropping up in Ian Edginton’s other 2000AD strips. If you live in the USA then you should be able to get hold of a copy of Leviathan very soon, as I believe its due for a US release at some point in April. Wherever you live though, I can recommend you give Leviathan a read, especially if you’ve enjoyed any of the other strips by Ian Edginton.

7/10

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