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Alex Ross' original intent was for Gog to be an alien, twice the size of a human, from the planet Urgrund that split into two and created Apokolips and New Genesis , and that Magog would be the grown son of Superman and Wonder Woman, who would be mentored by Gog. Waid and Ross disagreed on several concepts and Ross decided to leave the project. The Kingdom miniseries soon followed, featuring a two-part series and several one-shots focusing on specific characters. The series was used to present Grant Morrison 's Hypertime concept. Thy Kingdom Come[ edit ] The final issue of 52 reveals that Earth is the designation of the Kingdom Come alternate universe. In Justice Society of America vol.
I've now read 2 horrid books in This is just about as bad a book as DK2. I've now read 2 horrid books in a row Sam hit all the nails on his review. Mark Waid, what the fuck?
You have obviously grown. Thank god. Just move to Marvel This just feels like every other stupid dark reactionary DC book of the last 30 years Alex Ross art just seems like an excuse for the writer to just take a turd on the pages, and hope no one reads it. Honestly, Ross' art isn't amazing anymore. It's the same every time, and just seems tired. It also seems like this is Justice all over again. I'm sure Alan Moore and Frank Miller would love it.
Please, do NOT read this. You'd be better served poking yourself in the brain with a rusty spoon. The cover was green.. View all 5 comments. Mar 03, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Excellent graphic novel with incredible art by Alex Ross and a compelling storyline set in the near future of the DC universe in which the "old guard" super heroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern retired from service and were replaced by a much more brash, violent and careless group of meta-humans who are not so easily distinguished from the bad guys they fight.
The story involves Superman being lured out of retirement in order to help get the world back on the 4. The story involves Superman being lured out of retirement in order to help get the world back on the right track. I liked it a lot and certainly recommend it for fans of the genre. Jun 12, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it really liked it Shelves: Alex Ross may use models and photographs and Photoshop intensively in order to obtain this photorealistic effect, but I don't really care as long as the final product is something like this.
He's abusing a little the trick of illuminating a face from bellow to increase dramatism, but I love the color palette and the dynamism of his scenes.
However, I feel I lost a lot of the salient points, because I'm quite unfamiliar with the Superman and Batman canon and couldn't recognize even a fraction of the numerous supporting cast of superheroes. And, for all the magnificent artwork, this is still a story about men wearing spandex and what looks suspiciously like oversized pampers and women with prominent chests wearing very skimpy costumes.
View all 3 comments. Dec 05, Nick rated it it was amazing. Possibly the best comic ever written. The artwork alone makes this a joy to look at but the story goes into just what really makes a hero. Kingdom Come takes place in an alternate future. Superman, and most of the Golden Age heroes, have retired or gone underground.
Other heroes, new heroes, who were willing to seek street justice were chosen by the masses. Why keep locking up criminals who later escape when a metahuman person with super powers could kill the bad guy and solve the problem perma Possibly the best comic ever written.
Why keep locking up criminals who later escape when a metahuman person with super powers could kill the bad guy and solve the problem permanently. It all comes to a head when a meta named Agog kills the Joker, who gassed the Daily Planet and thusly killed Lois Lane and the rest of the Planet staff. The people of Metropolis see Agog as the new and necessary hero for modern times. As such, these wreckless new metas wreak havoc upon the land. By some standards, they're just kids with guns running amok and causing more harm than good.
And then the unthinkable happens. Agog and a few other metas chase after The Parasite, an old enemy of Superman's. They chase him to Kansas and one of the heroes, Captain Atom, gets his containment suit damaged which essentially nukes Kansas and a good portion of America's heartland. At this point, Superman and the rest had been out of sight for fifteen years. Upon hearing the news, Wonder Woman seeks out Superman at his Fotress of Solitude and begs him to return and make the world right again.
Sure, other heroes exist, but none carry the sway that Superman does. And so, like angels do the old heroes descend from the heavens to right wrongs and bring the new breed of heroes to heel.
The Justice League reforms and Superman's crew goes out trying to turn the new breed into joining the league or being detained. A jail of sorts is built in the ruins of Kansas to house those metas who will not change. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor and co. It is apparent that humans no longer control their own destiny as metas do what they wish. But even with all their weapons and trickery, how can they defeat Superman? It all comes down to a huge battle in Kansas as the fate of mankind is decided in bloody combat.
Nov 12, Sud rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every once in a while you run across a truly spectacular comic book. This is certainly the case with Kingdom Come. Wonderful story, great artwork, and a thought-provoking premise. This may strike many as the same basic idea behind Injustice. I'd say Injustice borrowed the concept from this far better work. It takes place in the rather nebulous "Elseworlds" universe of DC.
But do not hold that against it. In this dystopian branch of the timeline, society has become progressively morally decayed. T Every once in a while you run across a truly spectacular comic book.
The traditional values of the Superheros such as Superman and Wonder Woman were seen as outmoded and behind the times. A new breed of villain required a new breed of super-hero. Enter Magog. Magog kills where Superman does not. In light of the fickle public's reaction the old-breed retire. This is the setting for the main story which takes place decades later- the time of the super-hero is now. The grand-children of the old heroes and villains have now spread out amongst humanity and are rather common a strange jab at the sheer number of different comic heroes of today's comic market?
Violence is rampant and these beings fight for the sake of fighting without a care for the "lesser" humans around them. A dying man makes an apocalyptic prophecy and it ushers in the return of the old heroes.
But power does corrupt no matter who wields it and for what purpose. Even the good and the brave are not immune.
That's all I shall say. If you've not read this truly great comic- do so. Waid deserves credit for a thought-provoking tale. From start to finish this is a serious look at the powers of these beings and the potential consequences of such power regardless of the morality underpinning it. Few comics manage this. The artwork?
Beautifully painted scenes really capture the grandeur of this story. Highly recommended. I just had to throw this picture in here because wow. This was awesome and I could stare at this image for hours. It took a little while to get started and it was difficult to get used to how many characters there are in this. There's a key in the back to identify almost all the characters, but it's almost no use because of just how many there are and how small many of their roles are. But still, I'm glad they threw that in.
The plot was also a little tricky at first but turned out to be very comp I just had to throw this picture in here because wow. The plot was also a little tricky at first but turned out to be very compelling, so I'm glad I stuck it through to the end.
Basically Superman retired and that resulted in many other heroes retiring or working underground, giving rise to a younger generation of heroes with less regard for human life. In response to Magog destroying the entire state of Kansas, Superman allows himself to be talking into returning to the mantle of Superman by Wonder Woman.
With his reappearance, other heroes anxiously rejoin his Justice League while many others are not so anxious and continue to fight on their own or join ranks with Batman's crew.
Long story short, the U. Superman reacts angrily but the surviving heroes calm him down and resolve their differences. Superman and Wonder Woman get together and get pregnant and live happily ever after.
Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. I love seeing that they have to compromise their perspectives because of how different they are. Perhaps the most interesting part of this is that it's kind of narrated by some random pastor who has been enlisted by the Spectre to reveal to him how Armageddon the giant hero war at the gulag will happen. This man who has lost faith in everything that he has seen in the world is now seeing possibly it's final events play out.
The emphasis that this comic places on humanity and mortality is intriguing, and it really made this comic stand out more than your average insanely-well-illustrated superhero comic. Sep 26, David Schaafsma rated it it was ok Shelves: It was maybe the only one in the top fifty I had never read, so when a student who loves it brought it to me to read, well. High expectations. But consider this context: I glanced at the high GR average rating, which at 4.
A Grand Statement for All Time, in case they get hit by lightning and never get to create again, or something. And I appreciate the impulse, I'm a professor, hey, and I think ambition is a good thing, of course.
I just think sometimes you reach, and you mostly fail to grasp with that kind of ambition, and this one just fails for me. And there's another thing that occurred to me in the process: Ross didn't just do the art work; he co-wrote the script with Waid, and he models, both visually and ethically, the narrator, a minister, Norman McKay, the non-superhero character, the one we humans are all able to relate to or look up to, on his father.
So this is ethically and in terms of hope for the world a tribute to his good father, and I like that. But the effect of the script is a sermon, it's didactic! It's a tribute to Ross's father's hortatory approach! And the Bible is quoted throughout, it has the aspirations of Biblical proportions, and is in fact ambitious in this way, but no: I would say it is an Epic Fail for comics to preach, by and large. Do Moore and Gaiman also do this sometimes, pontificate?
Yeah, and I don't like it when they do it, either, but by and large they write and conceptualize much better than these boys Waid and Ross do. And tell me if I am wrong: Just talk, pontificating. We know Superman for some reason stopped being a superhero, and then the rest of the JLA stopped, and we are debating about what to do about ala Miller, I guess a World Gone Wrong, with a whole host of new superheroes that, compared to the JLA, I guess, just suck on the ethical level.
We need to get back to the Garden, we need to take control of our lives and Do the Right Thing is the point of the Sermon Waid and Ross deliver. And all of their stories are better stories with more real characters and action than this one. The story in Kingdom Come is really, really flat, it is mostly talk, and narrated action, it is mostly a lot of telling and reflecting and not much showing, not much story at all, in fact, and while the art is often beautiful and realistically rendered and colored impressively, the effect is very flat, there's no movement, it feels like all the scenes are posed, it feels like they are all tableaux.
So it looks pretty and is ambitious and I like the Dad Tribute aspect of it, but I think it is not a great story. Really, it is not engaging on the story or character level, which is basically where comics live. View all 4 comments.
Nov 28, Bonnie rated it liked it Shelves: I know that this was one of those epic comic storylines of the 90s. And on its face, it's a good story - war is about to break out between the generations of superhumans and everyone, super and regular, will suffer for it. Will the older generation of heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman abandon their morals to stop their children and grandchildren, who have little regard for human life?
And on the other side, we have mortals like Batman who is not aging well - but who ever expects Batman to a I know that this was one of those epic comic storylines of the 90s.
And on the other side, we have mortals like Batman who is not aging well - but who ever expects Batman to age well? Anyways, these men seek to protect humanity, though for very different reasons. So yes, it's a good end-of-the-world story. But it just didn't appeal to me.
The artwork is incredible. That's probably the biggest selling point for this story. But I felt like I was reading a "Who's Who" of DC heroes and villains, which became so dizzying that I couldn't keep characters straight and I really didn't care.
Despite the plethora of characters, the focus is mainly on Superman, with supporting roles from Wonder Woman and Batman. Several of the heroes I recognized which didn't feel like many He is both mortal and superhuman.
His mental state is less than whole, and he's the only person capable of matching Superman's powers. But he gets so little attention for such a pivotal character! Plus, I have a little trouble getting invested in a scene where the key word is Shazam. I guess it's just a sign of the times.
One of the best trades I've ever read. I didn't look at every piece of bonus material since I have the 20th anniversary version , but there's enough in it from what I've seen to be worthy of an upgrade if you have a different edition.
I will say, one complaint I have is that, because of the binding of this book, it made the genealogy chart hard to read because of the gutter loss, however the contents aren't large enough to really warrant any different kind of binding, so I'm not too upset. Ju One of the best trades I've ever read.
Just something to take note of. I will say, I don't think that this book is as However, this could be do to the fact that I've been exposed to a lot of the animated DC material, and they may have used the same themes that are present in this book, thus my reading of this could have been biased. Still, I would definitely recommend this to anybody who likes comics, even if you aren't a fan of DC or have knowledge of any of their characters. Jan 05, Sr3yas rated it liked it Shelves: But as you will see, they are no longer the solution.
They are in many ways But apart from that, I found the story flawed at many parts and especially towards the end. The aftermath of the whole event didn't made much sense to me. Apr 06, Chris Van Dyke rated it liked it Shelves: A previous review summed up my feelings on this - Alex Ross does kick-ass covers, but once you get over the fact that his panels look "really life like!
Do you want Norman Rockwell drawing Bat-Man? Not really. The story is okay, a decent bit of alternative-future, everyonne-dies-but-it-doesn't-matter-as-its-not-cannon fluff. Jun 01, James DeSantis rated it liked it. This wasn't easy to judge. I know it's Legendary status, I know people swear by it, and I know it's super respected. Saying that I didn't love it, just enjoyed it.
The idea of having all the old heroes "retire" or "retreat" and having the world overrun by new heroes who are violent.
I believe when written in the 90's it was talking about the state of all heroes becoming gritty in the 90's, which is nice to talk about it, but not all that important in this day and age.
Anyway, I was let down by t This wasn't easy to judge. Anyway, I was let down by the big reveal or twist towards the ending and felt very cliche. I also didn't love the art. It's nice to read at the start, very different, but then it becomes meh as it goes on.
However, I did really love some of the dialog. Mostly anything with Superman and Batman was handled very well. The ending was sweet, and really made my score jump almost a whole star. I liked the bond you get from all these old heroes, and the fights are entertaining, but overall was kind of disappointed with this one.
It's solid but I couldn't help but think certain aspects could have had more impact. More dialog with the original heroes, instead of just really having Superman and Wonder Women being the only two talkers. Starman sends Superman back to Earth in time to see the carnage caused by Captain Marvel detonating the bomb.
The events of Kingdom Come continue from there and conclude in its entirety, with additional scenes depicting Superman's life and legacy for the next 1, years.
Alex Ross states that this story is not intended as a sequel to Kingdom Come, as that would negate the purpose of the original story. The story sees Maxwell Lord being tasked by the Entity with killing Magog before he can inadvertently trigger an apocalyptic war between Earth's superhumans, which ultimately brings Magog and Lord into conflict with Justice League International.
To drive the point home, the Entity shows Lord a series of visions taken directly from Kingdom Come, including Magog and the Justice Battalion attacking Parasite. Lord eventually succeeds in arranging Magog's demise, and his life is returned by the Entity.
Kingdom Come Superman suddenly vanishes while being distracted by his past self calling him "Clark". It is eventually revealed that this Superman came from a future in which a kryptonite meteorite crashed to the Earth.
Later, due to a burst of quantum energy, Captain Atom arrives in this future. He appears in a devastated Kansas an homage to the Kingdom Come series although Superman states the entire planet is in the same condition.
With advice from this future Superman, Captain Atom returns to the present and uses a robot made by Toyman to destroy the giant meteorite of kryptonite, preventing this future from coming true.
In a follow-up to this story, Captain Atom: Armageddon, the titular Captain Atom finds himself in the WildStorm universe and in another homage to Kingdom Come, his appearance mysteriously changes to that of his Earth counterpart. Collected editions[ edit ] A boxed-set of the four individual issues was packaged in a die-cut cardboard sleeve with a Skybox trading card, part of a short-lived experimental program to package comics for resale at Toys R Us and other mass market retailers.
The original trade paperback from collected the entire series along with twelve additional pages by Ross, including the epilogue. Promotional artwork and sketches of the major characters were also included. The trade was also printed as a hardback without dustjacket by Graphitti Designs. Superman knows that Batman will act, because his entire crimefighting life is based upon the desire to prevent the loss of human life.
Superman races to the Gulag, but upon arrival is struck down by Captain Marvel. The Gulag is breached, freeing the population, and inciting war between Wonder Woman's Justice League and the metahuman prisoners.
Batman's army arrives on site as an intervening third party. Although Batman's forces aid the Justice League in quelling the riot, they also work to stop the League from killing any metahumans. Batman is unable to stop Wonder Woman from killing the supervillain Von Bach, which increases the fury of the riot. As conditions worsen, United Nations Secretary General Wyrmwood authorizes the deployment of three tactical nuclear warheads , hardened against metahuman powers.
In the middle of their fight, Batman and Wonder Woman see the incoming stealth bombers piloted by the Blackhawk Squadron. They break off fighting and manage to stop two bombs, but miss the third. Captain Marvel uses his magic lightning bolt as a weapon against Superman repeatedly. Superman manages to grab Marvel and allow the bolt to transform him into Billy. Holding Batson's mouth shut, Superman tells him he is going to stop the remaining bomb, and Batson must make a choice: Superman tells Batson he must be the one to make this decision, as he is the only one who lives in both worlds: Batson, his mind now clear of Luthor's influence, turns back into Captain Marvel.
He grabs Superman, flinging him back to the ground, and flies after the missile. Marvel intercepts the missile and shouts "Shazam! Despite Marvel's sacrifice, most of the metahumans are obliterated in the explosion.
Superman is unharmed, but does not realize that there are any other survivors. Enraged at the tremendous loss of life, Superman flies to the U.
Building and threatens to bring it down atop the delegates as punishment for the massacre. The surviving metahumans arrive, but Norman McCay is the one who talks him down, pointing out how his appearance and behavior are exactly the sort of reasons that normal humans fear the superpowered. Superman immediately ceases his rampage. He is handed Captain Marvel's cape, and tells the U. Superman ties Captain Marvel's cape to a flagpole and raises it among the flags of the member nations of the U.
In the epilogue, the heroes strive to become fully integrated members of the communities. Wonder Woman's exile from Paradise Island ends, and she becomes an ambassador for super-humanity, taking the survivors of the Gulag to Paradise Island for rehabilitation. Batman abandons his crusade and becomes a healer, rebuilding his mansion as a hospital to care for those wounded by the destruction of the Gulag.
Superman begins the task of restoring the Midwestern farmlands devastated in Magog's attempt to capture the Parasite. He comes to terms with his past as Clark Kent by accepting a pair of glasses from Wonder Woman, and shares a kiss with her before she returns to Paradise Island.
Norman McCay resumes pastorship of his congregation, preaching a message of hope for humanity. Among the congregation is Jim Corrigan, the Spectre's human host. The first additional scene four pages takes place near the end of the second part of the series.
Superman visits Orion on Apokolips , which has changed very little despite Darkseid no longer being in power. Superman asks Orion for his advice on what to do with the captive rogue metahumans.
Orion, who has grown to resemble his father and has adopted a rather jaded view on life, initially offers to accept Superman's charges as exiles to Apokolips. The second additional scene is an eight-page-epilogue. They are planning to tell Bruce they are expecting a child, but he deduces the news first.
Diana asks Bruce to serve as godfather. He accepts after Clark tells Bruce he will provide a balancing influence to the child, adding that in spite of their differences over the years, he has always trusted Batman. As they leave the restaurant, Bruce notices Norman and Jim Corrigan discussing the restaurant's "Spectre Platter" a mild concoction of spinach and cottage cheese , much to Corrigan's irritation that this is how he is being remembered.
Alex Ross' original intent was for Gog to be an alien, twice the size of a human, from the planet Urgrund that split into two and created Apokolips and New Genesis , and that Magog would be the grown son of Superman and Wonder Woman, who would be mentored by Gog.
Waid and Ross disagreed on several concepts and Ross decided to leave the project. Gog one-shot. The Kingdom miniseries soon followed, featuring a two-part series and several one-shots focusing on specific characters. The series was used to present Grant Morrison 's Hypertime concept.
The final issue of 52 reveals that Earth is the designation of the Kingdom Come alternate universe. In Justice Society of America vol. It is soon revealed that this individual is indeed the Starman from Kingdom Come , and that he is also Thom Kallor , a native of the planet Xanthu and member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th and 31st centuries.
Due to a time-travel error, Starman traveled to Earth before arriving in 21st century New Earth. Seeing the connection between Gog of New Earth and Magog of Earth, Superman and the JSA seek to prevent New Earth from going the way of his own world by stopping Gog in his crusade to rid the world of false gods, and before he can choose a successor one day in Magog. The JSA is split in their opinions on Gog; some believe he is truly benevolent, while others are suspicious of his true intentions.