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Kingdom Come (New Edition) Kindle Edition

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As comic books gained in respectability, the superhero comic has remained a much-maligned medium. Oh sure, Batman was given new levels of sophistication by the likes of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, and Watchmen added a dose of reality to the concept of superheroes, but the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman have for years watched their lesser-powered colleagues gain critical acceptance while they were left behind to keep the kids happy. Until, that is, Kingdom Come accorded DC's premier superheroes the respect they have long deserved.

In the near future, Superman has retired, plagued by an inability to accept a world where his generation's super-powered descendants run roughshod over the values he fought for. When tragic events force his return, he gathers his former team-mates and colleagues to once again lead the fight for justice and order. However, their return sparks a chain of events that could lead the world to Armageddon.

With its intelligent storyline and superb painted artwork, writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross have created a thoroughly believable world where superheroes could exist, paying particular attention to the social and political implications of such a world. Why bother with the Olympics when there are beings who can bench-press buildings and run faster than light? What's the point of normal humans making laws when they are powerless to enforce them against superhumans? Above all, where Kingdom Come succeeds is by adding new depths of humanity to some of DC's timeless characters--including icons like Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman--as well as offering interesting future glimpses of the lesser known (but no less interesting) likes of Orion, Blue Beetle and Aquaman. --Robert Burrow

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 104731 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; New edition edition (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064W64XU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Simply put, this is by far and away the best graphic novel you will ever read!

And it earns the full five stars for the following reasons;

1/The plot is superb and is genuinely original.It is fast paced and has really good ideas that constantly challenge you.There is a real sense of the authors 'loving' the characters and knowing their inner-most thoughts, strengths and weaknesses and this really shines through.

2/ The artwork is the best you will ever see!When you see Alex Ross on form like this you are just blown away.It is fair to say that nearly all of the artwork could be on posters and t-shirts ; it is THAT good.

3/ It has all the best DC universe characters in it.Your favourites and some that you will maybe not have met before.The standouts are Superman,Batman and Wonderwoman.

This graphic novel stands head and shoulders above every other.It is superior in every way imaginable.My copy is bent and battered by the number of times i have read this !!I ended up buying the Absolute Edition (also available from Amazon) as a 'best' copy.

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Ok where to I begin?
I began reading comics when I was 14 and can safely say I have a reasonable colection of greats (Watchmen, The Killing Joke, The long halloween) however Kingdom Come to me is one which I find suprisingly underrated as it is to me the best.
What is good about it? Well it shows a very relatable side to all the characters involved, for example Superman is more powerfull than ever, but Kingdom shows him desperatly trying to hold together a world which is suffering from the presence of metahumans. As the comic points out, he is afraid of what the real 'Man of tomorrow represents' Wonderwoman as well, is shown unusually to be angry and bitter at how events have turned out for the heroes. yet strangely they are all still the same at the core, which gives credit to the writing.
A lot of people criticise it for having a preachy religious plot, but this is not an issue for me, it simply adds depth to the enevitable outcome of the story. Also the fight at the end is no mere brawl found in most DC comics because it isnt trying to wow you, and it seems more a confused scramble for survival than the usual 'bad guys and good guys'.
Overall it is a suprisingly believable, emotional and charactord driven story with artwork that only really belongs with this kind of story, and one I can read several times and not get bored.
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So, the title says it all, if any one doubts that comics can't tell a good, classic story, I tell them about Kingdom Come, about how it is the best story that DC has ever written, and is the best story that has come out of the comic book industry in general. It is well paced, leaving the reader guessing what on earth is going on, and giving the reader just enough information about what is happening for them to feel smart and figure it out, then telling the reader that there is a lot more to this that meets the eye. Although that might sound boring, it never is, there is always something that twists the readers head about what is going on, like when Flash pulls Norman out through the dimensions, it is amazing, and gives us backstory without being generic and boring.

Mark Waid feels like he is a preacher, not just reading out something like the bible, but reading out his own creation, reading out loud his genius. At times the wording does seem pretentious, but you then read on in the scene, and you realize that it has the right to be pretentious, everything hat happens, the way it's done, the way that its drawn, you can't help but marvel at it.

Maybe compare Marvel's Civil War to this book, saying that it is Marvel's Kingdom Come, and matches up to this book. They are wrong, in no way can they be right, Kingdom Come works, in every way, every little part of the story works. In Civil War, there is talk of the great battle on the Horizon, it lasts for a couple of pages, and ends with an anti-climatic moment. Kingdom Come's end battle is talked about, and even foreshadowed in such beauty, shrouded in mystery until it finally unfolds, then everything leading up to that point makes sense. Superman and Captain Marvel and Shaz'am battle whilst great, biblical worthy dialogue is spoken from everyone, then ending in the deaths of 99.5% of the DC universe.
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Format: Paperback
Cast aside all your pre-conceptions of comic art , and comic scripting , come to think of it -- if you've never seen Alex Ross' work , you've missed the biggest treat ever ; luxurious and almost photo-quality , this volume represents the DC pantheon as never before , and updates each character for the present day , without detracting from their established backgrounds ; a truly political storyline , exploring the proper effect of the existence of superheroes , especially the presence of Superman ; this book cannot be RECOMMENDED highly enough -- an essential to any graphic art bookshelf ....
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This is one of the best comic books I have ever read. I could just leave the review at that but I won't.
If you know someone that doesn't like superman as a character then this is a great book to show them. Simply put Kingdom Come explores why we need what some may call the traditional super hero in our lives. It was written in 1996 when IMAGE was the "cool" thing to read and comic book characters were no longer fighting crime but just killing tons of people and trying to make it look cool.

Kingdom Come explains why a super hero needs to be a symbol for good and justice as well as why us, as readers and as a culture need them.
The book takes place in the far future where the justice league has been disbanded as the public support a new hero called Magog who kills criminals in cold blood. After this Superman left into hiding and a new generation of super-powered people called metahumans have taken to fighting each other on the street.
The story is told from the perspective of Norman McCay as the Spectre shows him what is happening and tells him that soon he must help pass judgement on the superheros.
Wonder Woman finds Superman and convinces him that he must reform the Justice League and stop the metahumans after a battle between some of them ends in a explosion killing millions.

The first thing you notice as you open the book is just how stunning the art is. Alex Ross has a distinct style which makes the characters appear real, the paintings looks more like photos than painted artwork. Ross actual takes pictures of himself, friends and family members dressed up and in poses which he uses later as references while painting.
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