Kingdom Come (DC Comics) Paperback – 1 Oct 1997
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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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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.
THIS IS MY DESERT ISLAND GRAPHIC NOVEL
I was utterly amazed by the gorgeous art and almost mythical story.
I could go on, but I think this sums up my review. If one person reads this based on my praise, then I'm happy.
The story on the other hand? Oh dear. I'm relatively new to the comics scene and ever since I started buying all of these old issues on Amazon EVERY review site on the internet has advised me to buy Kingdom Come. It is by all accounts the zenith of the art.
This, and I say this without exaggeration, is the most overrated comic book I have ever read in my life. The story is boring and the characterization is all over the place. From what I have seen of the mainstream canon books, there is no way in Hell that Superman retiring would cause seemingly 90% of every other hero to retire. For god sake...they have Green Lantern brooding like a teenager in an orbital palace! The book assigns an importance to Superman that simply does not exist outside of the minds of fanboys and third rate fanfiction.
And really, at the end of the day, that's what this comic is: Fanfiction. Superman is God in all but name; the controller of all destinies past, present and future.
The story itself is pretty good, well written. But like with so many Alex Ross works, it's just too difficult to focus on everything in the pages.
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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Epic story dc beats marvel every time with their heroes and villains great read. Alex ross artwork wow still the best.
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