- Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 29 October 2008
- Graphic Novels
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I like it so much that I bought one for my own personal collection after reading it from a friend.
Kingdom Come is kind of like Watchmen, only with real DC superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and all the rest. It was published in 1997, is less than half the size of Watchmen, and is absolutely fantastic.The story takes place some time after the classic "metahumans" have retired, and the world is now being overrun by a new breed of superhero. The kind that America asked for, the kind that doesn't have any rules about not killing its enemies. Unfortunately, they also don't care about human collateral damage. The old superheroes come out of retirement to try to set things to right. The story is told in the form of a Christmas Carol-esque journey taken by a pastor and a cloaked spirit who demands that he judge the superheroes and say who will be punished in the end.The characterization is very good. My favorite character is Batman, which comes as no surprise to me. The art is very good too, not drawing attention to itself while being colorful and descriptive. There are a lot of large panels that I really loved looking at.The plot is amazing, really grabs you by the throat and makes you listen to what it's saying... It asks questions like "Why do we fight?" "Why should we?" "Who is a part of the human race, and what does that mean?" I was on the edge of my seat the entire book, desperate to know how it ended, and it certainly delivered on its promise of a grand finale.Reread: It's just as good the second time through, if not better, especially now that I'm more familiar with the minor DC characters that make appearances. One of my favorite graphic novels of all time.
The king of DC's Elseworlds series. The story starts about 10 years after the (then-current) mid-1990s DC landscape, with Superman in self-imposed exile/retirement. Without a leader, the rest of the world's superheroes have mostly dispersed as well, leaving only a new generation of super-powered beings influenced by nothing beyond self interest. But soon Superman is coaxed out of retirement to face a fast-brewing war amongst various human and superhero factions.It's a killer story, both a ripping good “what if” story and an insightful commentary on the state of superhero stories in general. The writing is tight, the art beautiful. I've always loved AU stories for their ability to place characters in unfamiliar territory (be it in time or circumstances) and still make them an perceptive commentary of the one we're used to.Brilliant.
In Kingdom Come, the elderly super-heroes confront the new breed of super-heroes that have gone havoc. A great battle ensues.The story is nothing special, although it has some nice takes on the morality of the older heroes. But the art by Alex Ross is stunning! All art is painted, the panels are divided ingeniously and all the characters are remarkably life-like.I have previously read The Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Ross. Now I think I will have to look for all of Ross's other work as well.
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