Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come❰Epub❯ ➝ Kingdom Come Author Mark Waid – Writer Mark Waid coming from his popular work on Flash and Impulse and artist Alex Ross who broke new ground with the beautifully painted Marvels join together for this explosive book that takes place Writer Mark Waid coming from his popular work on Flash and Impulse and artist Alex Ross who broke new ground with the beautifully painted Marvels join together for this explosive book that takes place in a dark alternate future of the DC Superhero Universe Batman Superman Wonder Woman and almost every other character from DC Comics must choose sides in what could be the final battle of them all. One of the DC’s crown jewels This TPB edition collects “Kingdom Come” #1 4 plus an epilogue exclusive of the collected TPB edition an introduction by Elliot S Maggin who did the prose novelization and a Sketch gallery including a guide of the characters portraited on each individual cover of the original comic book issuesCreative TeamWriters Mark Waid Alex RossIllustrator Alex RossLetterer Todd Klein ROAD TO KINGDOM COME This epic tale showing the last days of the DC Super heroes risen from two separate ideasFirst an unpublished proposal by Alan Moore titled “Twilight of the Super Heroes” when naing something with the word “twilight” didn’t left you with a bitter taste of shinin’ vampires where precisely was about a grim future where the main powerhouses of DC have formed clans and they were in war with each other you can watch in the direct to video animated film Justice League Crisis in Two Earths some of this developed there and which that said animated movie was originally a “bridge” between the animated TV series Justice League and its following seasons renamed Justice League UnlimitedSecond Alex Ross had done Marvels for Marvel Comics and he wanted to make a similar project for DC Comics but where Marvels is a portrait of the first days of Marvel Universe here it’s a study of how the last days of DC Universe may look Later Alex Ross would define the parameters for Earth X a project to show the last days of Marvel Universe WHEN BEING GOOD GOT OUTDATED Superman was the first super hero and he “wrote” the book for all the super heroes not matter the publishing house that follow him creating a new literary genre on its own rightWhile Batman has been adapted uite successfully for each era grim campy dark friendly dark again etcit seems that the core elements of what makes Superman tick where so tight attached to his 1938’s roots that while his super power levels had been changed from time to time his very never ending image of truth justice and freedom inspiring hope to all mankind it was something that without a doubt if you take out that he isn’t Superman anybut the future OUR future as society will have space for something so good hearted as Superman?Alex Ross and Mark Waid show us the grim scenario uite ready witted where new generations of super heroes take in their own hands what they see as justice without remorse of the loss of livesMagog the new prototype of super hero makes what Superman couldn’t do and what’s worse there isn’t any reprimand or conseuence for Magog’s actions by the law of men which a broken hearted Superman broken hearted that you can imagine left society in a self imposed retirement leaving behind any trace of humanity and embracing his original Kryptonian heritageIf hope left usis there any reason to live in the future? BLOOD AND THUNDER Ten years later without hope among humankind a new generation of super heroes without morals without any code without rules without responsability for their actions without any role model to follow is becoming so threatening that The Spectre is ready to impart judgement over Earth sinceKingdom Come the armageddon is upon usHowever The Spectre was Jim Corrigan so many time ago that he “forgets” how to be human so he choses a guideEnter Norman McCayNorman is a preacher a man of God which it seems like the best option to guide the incoming judgment for the “gods” among men with powers and abilitities far beyond of mortalsWonder Woman forces Superman to return to a world that desperately needs hope again soon enough a new Justice League risen recruting as many power houses as possibleHowever not everybody especially those without special powers will take kindly the intervention of this new Justice League where two men will be particularly worried about this new development in an already volatile world situationBruce Wayne aka Batman and Lex LuthorEach of those two human beings each representing the ultimate potential for a human being without super powers can be forming their own armies to take on their own angles against the new Justice LeagueIt's men versus godsHowever Lex Luthor possess the wild card in this apocalypsing crisisCaptain Marvel the Earth’s Mightiest Mortal This is a warand in a war ALWAYS there are deathslots of themKingdom Come is upon uslet’s prayfor everybody Kingdom Come should be in the holy canon of graphic novels It is easily among the top 25 10? greatest stories ever written for super hero comics The story takes place in the future Most of the DC roster of heroes have grown old Superman don’t call him Clark has retired It seems that the public can only stand so much of villains like the Joker who because of the thou shalt not kill villains hero code just escape from jail and repeatedly wreak havocSome heroes break the code start killing villains and public sentiment forces the old guard to bow out It leaves a situation where you have a group of meta humans with varying degrees of good intentions taking justice into their own hands When most of the bad guys are wiped out they begin to turn on each other It takes a catastrophic incident involving a group of heroes; the villain Parasite; and much loss of life to bring the clash between the old and new ways to a headAlex Ross’s artwork adds majesty and gravitas to Mark Waid’s now classic storyline Waid raises lots of issues about the nature of superheroes and their role in society that became seeds for other storylines see Marvel’s Civil WarThe denouement where three heroes are eating at a super hero themed restaurant is both touching and hilarious This one is a classic If you haven't read it? You should However that doesn't mean it's perfect or even that it's one of my personal favoritesSomething happened that made Superman give up And in this Elseworlds story that caused a chain reaction in other superheroes that eventually meant the old guard mostly retired into oblivion Now the world is left with the next generation of heroes who don't have the same respect for human life that their parents and grandparents had and there's no one strong enough to shut them down when their fighting gets messyAfter a particularly awful thing happens an old pastor named Norman McCay is visited by the Spectre and told to stand witness and decide who is going to be the recipient of his particular brand of judgmentThat's just part of the storyI really enjoyed that Captain Marvel played such a big part in this one and I loved that Waid gave us a hopeful ending But for some reason this story just didn't turn my crank uite as hard as I had hoped it would the 2nd time around It's still for me a 4 star read and it didn't uite make it into the Wow territory I thought it might after I revisited itRecommended This is such a layered story that it almost makes no sense to write a review after only one reading On the other hand despite being very good and make no mistake it’s very good this is probably one I won’t be re reading soon It’s a demanding story and occasionally unsettling much like Watchmen There’s even a novelization Kingdom Come which I may even seek out at some stage to fill in the gapsThe story deals with the premise of a world filled with superhumans who have no regard for human life Even though they’re self appointed protectors of the people they often do harm than good and get involved in suabbles that tend to lead to lots of collateral damage and loss of life But what would happen if the original champions should return from retirement to restore order? It’s not as simple as it may sound The story is told from the perspective of pastor Norman McCay and The Spectre and is driven by apocalyptic inevitability as events hurtle toward judgment day There are a number of religious parallels drawn here often to great effect It’s a moody but uite brilliant story that in essence asks the uestion where do you draw the line? As far as continuity is concerned there are some interesting contradictions Waid has confirmed that the Flash featuring here is in fact Wally West However he is dressed in the costume worn by the original “golden age” Flash Jay Garrick By the same token the Green Lantern featuring here is Alan Scott even though there are numerous references to “New” Oa and one panel depicts a Guardian This is interesting because Alan Scott’s ring was powered by magic and he doesn’t have anything to do with Oa or the Guardians as far as I know Well it is an Elseworlds tale so it technically shouldn’t affect or be affected by DC continuity; I’m certain if you look at the story closely enough you’re going to find all sorts of interesting odditiesThe driving force behind Kingdom Come is Alex Ross who also did the interior artwork The idea as far as I can discern was to create a work that focuses on a realistic extrapolation of the Golden Silver age of DC comics and how ordinary people would be affected by a world full of meta beings similar to Marvels but taken to a whole new level I’ve been reading comics since I was a kid and we do tend to take this kind of thing for granted but what would it really be like to live in a world where some people can fly and others can’t? Kingdom Come is enormously popular and it’s easy to see why it’s truly good and the art is well it’s Alex Ross The series also won a number of awards If you’re a fan of graphic novels don’t delay the inevitable read this Kingdom Come is one of the most boring overrated and simply bad event books from DC I've read It lacks a coherent narrative competent writing strong characterisation and maybe most basic of all an interesting story Mark Waid's writing on this book is truly abysmal The saving grace of this book is Alex Ross' artwork which may be the reason so many people think it's a classic of the superhero genre But even Ross' photo realistic art can't save it from the literary uagmire it drives itself into and fails to leave for the entirety of this bookThe story setup is most baffling of all Superman has retired for 10 years because he lost his parents and Lois He just felt he couldn't be Superman any Uh ok But then everyone else in the Justice League except Batman decide to call it a day too Green Lantern builds himself a giant green space station and sits on his throne Hawkman flies about the Pacific North West Wonder Woman disappears back to her island Flash runs endlessly in circles Why? Just because Superman hung up his blue and red costume? It doesn't make sense and it's never explained So in the vacuum the JLA left a new younger generation of superhero arrives These guys aren't really superheroes they don't care about honour or protecting the innocent they just fly about the place smashing things up firing off lasers doing all kindsa nutty things for no reason It's never explained just why these new superheroes have no conscience except that that's what Mark Waid wrote in his script so that's it Great Arbitrary nonsenseSo after Magog who is now the superhero the world deserves I suppose? makes a mess by accidentally killing the Atom thus triggering an atomic explosion that destroys Kansas Superman finally returns Why? Because it's his home state? There have been other terrible incidents in the 10 years he's been away but this causes him to return which conseuently brings the rest of the JLA back at the same time They basically do whatever Superman tells them to do I suppose they're not individuals at least not in the hands of Mark WaidNow it's Superman and the JLA the classic superheroes who stand for truth honour justice etc against the arbitrarily stupid evil ignorant and conscience free new superheroes For some reason their fighting will bring about Armageddon But not really because it's humanity who will do this because they don't much like superheroes any The humans led by Lex Luthor have had enough of superheroes or meta humans and have decided to build an army to fight them so that humanity will be left alone to make their own decisions and mistakes An old and battered Bruce Wayne held together by an exo skeleton joins Luthor and promises to build an army of Bat robots like the kind he uses to police Gotham But it doesn't matter because the United Nations decide to fire a nuke into the heart of America at the superheroes who are gathered at the site of Superman's gulag to fight thus bringing about Armageddon So it's the humans' fault not the superheroes'But before going into how utterly stupid this scenario is let's talk about the unnerving undercurrent of right wing politics appearing in this book Superman and co are old therefore good while everything new is instantly portrayed as bad Superman reiterates that all life is sacred he destroys a bar's alcohol because it doesn't help and he builds a gulag yes it's called a gulag in the book to house the rebels Their stance on crime is extreme There's a scene where some kids mug a man and run off only to be cornered by not one not two but four giant Bat robots Police state good And throughout the book are uotes from the Bible So in this book at least we have pro life prohibitionist security obsessed Christians as the heroes Sounds pretty conservative and damned repulsive to me I don't know Waid's political views but judging from this book I'd say he's an ardent RepublicanIf Superman's characterisation is disturbing it's nothing compared to Wonder Woman who pushes for military action right from the start urging Superman to build a prison as an answer to any kind of theological opposition Democracy's bad I guess Stalin had the right idea Two of DC's flagship characters behaving like fascists is very disturbing to read but at least they got to speak Green Lantern Flash Hawkman? They never say a word They silently stand about helping Superman like colourful goons and then disappear when he doesn't need them They are simply ciphers And the book is filled with weird character moments that were so out of place they took me out of the story like why does Superman need an oxygen mask to breathe in space or why is Red Robin piloting the UN's nuke?Batman is maybe the one character I thought Waid did justice to Despite being some kind of Transformers obsessed creator his personality was right even if his Batman outfit was basically a robot suit and besides one scene he's never in costume but he's still called Batman not Bruce Wayne which is kinda weirdThere's also the framing device of the Spectre taking an elderly preacher called Norman McCay on a ghostly trip through the book so they're constantly in the background witnessing events unfold This is because we're told by Spectre that Norman is to decide the fate of everything are the superheroes to be saved or damned? It's up to Norman Who? Why? But in the end this premise proves completely redundant as it's actually Billy Batson who decides Shazam Yup another narrative dead endAlex Ross' artwork is great and I always enjoy it He employs real people wearing real superhero costumes to pose as models and then paints them onto the page giving his work that photo realistic look that's much lauded And it's great except when you have people pose for each panel you don't get a good sense of motion in the book Every pose is static because it has to be in order for Ross to paint it He doesn't do movement very well and this book is full of movement Not once does it seem like the characters are actually moving Also as great as his art is I feel like there can be too much of a good thing like eating a ton of lobster and garlic butter and making yourself feel sick I like seeing Ross' work on covers and maybe the occasional short but a 212 page book? The wow factor really diminishes by the endThe story made no sense Superman's story arc from retired superhero to returning hero to fascist leader to saviour again made no sense and was horrible to witness Luthor's plan made no sense The UN's behaviour made no sense nuking Superman does not work yet they do it anyway And of course afterwards he shows up and trashes the place it was this scene in particular that made me see where Waid got his inspiration for his Irredeemable character Plutonian from and could easily have killed them all if he wasn't stopped and reminded of who he is Yeah there's one of those scenes included here The story of the old and new superheroes fighting one another made no sense and the whole point of Armageddon was really forced Nothing that happens in this book has any relevancy in later or earlier story arcs It stands alone as an empty pointless uninspired and directionless disaster Everything about this book is flawed beyond belief and beneath it all beats the cold dead heart of conservatism and a fear and hatred of modernity and changing attitudesIt's another example of the kind of superhero book that tries to be relevant by being as real as possible But the biggest problem for me was the basic reuirement I have for any piece of fiction entertainment This book is SO BORING Once you get past the nonsensical plot there is nothing here that is of any interest The characters are bland and despicable the tone is joyless and morbid and the plodding story is utterly bland and uninteresting If nothing else this book should be avoided due to it being so purely dullFor comics fans who've read and enjoyed the wide range of superhero comics DC offer coming to Kingdom Come is a jarring and unpleasant experience that throws up too many uestions offering no answers and manages to create a miserable soggy piece of storytelling with some of the most interesting characters ever created It's bad on every level and serves as one of the nadirs of crap comics Kingdom Come is to be avoided by any and all readers Three words Alex Ross' artwork Wow The detail in this is beautiful and the way he aged these iconic heroes without making them appear creepy was amazing Which begs the uestion Why do so many artists euate aging with disfigurement? Ahem steps down from soap boxMark Waid really does a good job at telling this what if tale It's not perfect but it definitely has it's momentsview spoiler An aging Batman is talking to the now grey Superman and in mid sentence Bruce turns around only to notice that Clark is gone He almost smiles and says So that's how that feels I don't know why exactly but that was my favorite part of the entire book hide spoiler This story is about the children and grandchildren of the Old Guard superheroes think Justice League and the like who are lacking in finesse compassion and an overriding need to protect the regular people Instead they bicker brag about wiping out Old Guard villains and then proceed to become the villains by having gang fights out in public putting the humans at risk amidst flying cars crumbling buildings and all types of energy blasts Superman has since withdrawn from things after a younger superhero did something horrible in the eyes of some and was acuitted by the courts Now he resides on a farm in the midwest and has lost touch with humanity as his wife coworkers and parents are long gone and buried But continued recklessness by those young superheroes compels Superman and other former Justice Leaguers to come out of retirement to end it all Fortunately for him he and Captain Marvel are the apparently the strongest of all the superheroes and Superman also has enough charisma to get many of the younger types to join up All said though there are a large number of younger superheroes who refuse to change and are put into a superhero prison Things heat up unsurprisingly in the latter part of the story as the imprisoned superheroes threaten to break out and the humans get involved as well A plethora of known and unknown superheroes are present in this graphic novel There are so many that they have a few picture pages of all their names Other than the Justice Leaguers I knew less than a dozen True fanboisgirls of the superhero genre will know The artwork is startling lifelike and the senior citizen Justice Leaguers are grayish but mostly dignified though Robin looked like the gimp but that's another story Throughout the story there's a pastor who travels with Spectre to watch like a ghost from the sidelines He represents a humanity that has put so much of its trust in the Old Guard that later generations have learned to look up to them but now of course they're in fear of the younger breed and they uestion their lives and the choices they have made I felt the pastor was a hit or miss experience Several spinoffs sprouted from this title The wiki claims that this tale took place on Earth 22 revealed in the 52 seriesARTWORK B plus; STORYPLOTTING B; CHARACTERSDIALOGUE B to B plus; ADVANCES SUPERHEROES IN SOME WAY B plus to A minus; OVERALL GRADE B plus; WHEN READ early February 2012 They move freely through the streets through the world but unopposed They are after all our protector I wasn't expecting to like this I really wasn't It was just one of those days when I have no idea what to read then remembered someone recommending this so I picked it up Imagine my surprise when I ended up loving it I'm pretty iffy with older comics because of how they are written I don't really enjoy the way it's written as some of them are written in a very dated way I prefer the writing a bit modern and contemporary Kingdom Come may be a bit dated but holy crap the story was great and so was the art THE STORYWRITING The story focused on the divide between the older heroes the ones we all know and love Superman Wonderwoman Green Lantern you know who they are and the newer ones mostly the decendants of the older heroes The divide between them is caused by the difference in their view on saving people It kind of reminds me of Millar's Civil War for Marvel only this one has a interesting aspect to it being the narrator isn't really a superhero but a bystander who can see what was happening That part I really really likedAs for the writing as I mentioned earlier reading older works causes a bit of a nuisance for me I find that some older stuff are harder to read because of the way they are written Kingdom Come was published back in 1996 but the story is still pretty much relevant The writing and the story definitely is something that still be relevant for future generations to read It definitely is a classic despite it being an Elseworld story THE ILLUSTRATIONS Oh my god The illustrations were divine I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved looking at each frame It was magnificent They look like real people They look so alive I fucking loved it I'm going to look for Alex Ross illustrations I need of that shit THINGS I LIKED The illustrations Duh It's beautiful I liked that the narrator being someone from the outside and not someone close to the Justice League It was like we were watching the events unravel with him and not just reading something on paper It raises uestions It makes you ask the uestion what it really mean to be just Is it allowing people to have eual rights? Villains and civilians Should one life be worth than others? Should we give way to what the majority ones even if you know that it will only end up with a much bigger problem? The stories that makes you think and reflect are the best ones This is definitely one of them I liked how it used passages from the bible as a parallel to what was going to come I thought that was a nice touch It was easy to get into If you have no clue about whatever was happening with the canon story line you'd still be able to follow the story since this is a standalone run There's no pre reuesite comic book that you need to read in order for you to appreciate this THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE There were some slower moments where I wish was happening This is really of a nitpick than anything else While I loved the story this definitely suffered from some plotholes Why did it take them a really long time for them to realize something was wrong with what the newer generation of heroes were doing? And what the hell were the other's doing anyways? Did they all rely that much with Superman? OVERALL THOUGHTS Overall this was an amazing read I loved what it represents I loved the story it chose to tell The artwork for me was the greatest part of Kingdom Come Would definitely be looking for Alex Ross work in the future Stunned I am stunned This is absolutely stunning Where to even start?The closest thing I can compare this to is Crisis On Infinite Earths It's on a much smaller scale setting wise just the one Earth but the cast of characters is immense so complex and otherworldly I won't even get into it And the writing is ripe with social criticism and politics And there are many plotsThe story much like Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross's Marvels is told from a bystander's perspective a pastor who has lost faith and begun to envision the end of days He eventually guides Spectre through the destruction to cast judgment on humanity and whether humans or super humans are responsible One subplot is humans versus super humans Humans have suffered from the belligerence of the new guard and the resignation of the old guard While the war rages the humans are forced to become involved and protect themselves And are they guilty for having overstepped and become involved in a war of gods or have the super humans reaped what they've sown? Another subplot is Superman's path to redemption which could be applied to all the super humans for failing to protect the humans and uphold a higher moral code While they fight among themselves they commit a gross disservice and injustice disgracing the name of hero Social criticism? Themes to name a few Fascism Totalitarianism Democracy Capital punishment War and peace Ageism Capitalism Oligarchy America The list goes on and on So Mark Waid killed on the writing And Alex Ross as usual had me drooling over the artwork I would very much like to own something framed and signed by him Beautiful art deep and interesting story full of twists and truths hidden behind truthsAnd really how do you control a world full of meta humans and how do you keep faithIf you're a fan of super hero comics this one is almost essential

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  • 231 pages
  • Kingdom Come
  • Mark Waid
  • English
  • 02 August 2015
  • 9781563893308