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Kingdom Come (Kingdom Come #1-4)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  36,396 ratings  ·  760 reviews
A vision of the superhero universe, Elseworlds. It's judgement day, and war is about to be waged between superheroes old and new, one that will determine the fate of the entire planet.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Titan Books (UK) (first published August 1996)
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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 havoc.

Some heroes break the code, start
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Superman has since withdrawn from things after a yo
Dirk Grobbelaar
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 gaps.

The story deals with the premise of a world filled with superhumans who have no regard for
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 question, "Why do so many artists equate aging with disfigurement?". Ahem. *steps down from soap box*)

Mark Waid really does a good job at telling this what-if tale. It's not perfect, but it definitely has it's moments.(view spoiler)
Sam Quixote
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4.0 to 4.5 stars. 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 ...more

This is just about as bad a book as DK2.

There is a Power Girl Boob joke at the end, almost as if Waid read this and realized it had not a single moment of levity.

This is dark and right wing reactionary garbage. It's scary because it doesn't seem far off. Everything new or different or changed is bad. Also everyone in the justice league except batman and flash just abandon everyone.

Throw in the weird religious blunt hammering over the head...just NOT my cup of tea.

I've now read 2 horrid books in
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
I love Alex Ross's superhero art, especially on a book like Kingdom Come. There's the right mix of epic pages with awe-inspiring visuals and panels that use realism to show these still larger-than-life characters as flawed and human, in their own ways. The character design, both aging up existed DC characters and creating new ones, is almost flawless.

And yes, there's a story, too. And the story is perfectly suited for the art, or vice versa. It's a story with larger-than-life, almost godlike her
easily the best artwork I've seen so far in a comic book. 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.
Alex Ross artwork

The decision to depict the superheroes as mature / older versions of their established images is anot
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 yo
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!" you realize that life-like isn't what you want out of a comic. 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.
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 ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Patrick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Comic Book Aficionados
Recommended to Patrick by: Jacob Schultz
This was an engaging graphic novel that was interesting and well-drawn, but not quite on par with the other graphic novels I've read ( Watchmen and The Killing Joke), in part because, despite a novel concept, this story wasn't quite able to handle the broad scope of that idea.

This edition came with an introduction that explained the genesis for the story--what would happen if Superman was no longer relevant? The impetus behind this being, what if a desperate world called for a new breed of supe
What can I say about Kingdom Come other than that it's a work of art.
A work of art when it comes to the writing and the artwork.

I'm going to start collecting work from Mark Waid and Alex Ross.
I already have some of their work on my wishlist: JLA Tower of Babel, Justice, Marvels etc.

I love the concept of famous superheroes in a distant future, when they're much older than they are in the stories you usually read.

The heroes of old are retired or some of them are still at work, like the Flash who
I should point out that a lot of the love I have for this is the nostalgia, because it's the first graphic novel I remember buying from a comic shop with my own money. I also read it at a time when I knew a lot less about the DC universe than I know now, and still enjoyed it. Each time I go back to re-read, I get something new from.

I think this is Waid and Ross commenting on superheroes becoming more 'gritty' and 'real' by becoming more violent towards each other. It happened in the 80's after W
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I'm not well-versed with graphic novels. Truth be told, in my mind, it's graphic novel = comics. Isn't it? I'm not sure, actually, but as far as I'm concerned, they're one and the same. Correct me if I'm wrong, of course.

Anyway, in the spirit of buddy reads and exploring other genres and book format, I picked up Kingdom Come by Mark Waid, illustrated by Alex Ross, through the push of my friend, fellow book blogger and graphic novel fan, Ariel. Kingdom Come is se
Wow! A really good story! So this is set in the future the DC heroes we know now are old, and the newer generation of heroes have begun to get out of control! It is up to Superman(who has been retired) to stop them! This i feel is The Dark Knight Returns but for Superman, a retired hero is needed again and he comes back and kicks ass! Artwork and story were top notch! This book also illustrates very well the disagreements among trinity(Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman), it really shows where th ...more
Edward Erdelac
Perhaps an intimate familiarity with the minutae of the DC universe is required for the enjoyment of this book, but I found it kinda tedious. The art of course, is gorgeous, and the Superman/Captain Marvel fight stands out (I liked the notion that Billy Batson had grown and thus was now indistinguishable from his alter ego physically), but I just didn't enjoy the rest of it. Nothing really innovative in the characterizations or the plot.
David Schaafsma
I write this with some trepidation since on the Goodreads List of Best Graphic Novels of all Time, Kingdom Come is one of the very top books. 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. .. anticipation, but yes, I began with trepidation. High expectations. But consider this context: I am teaching a graphic novels/comics class, and had just read books at the very top of the Best GN list, Dark Knight Returns, Fun Home, ...more
It's hard to think I gave this 3 stars after my first read. I must have been reading something else cause this was absolutely groundbreaking!

When I first read this I missed all the subtleties in Ross' writing. That, along with my limited character knowledge, made my experience a massive let down after hearing such amazing things. Even the art annoyed me towards the end. As soon as I picked it up again some 6 months later I was instantly hooked in the story. Alex Ross creates a dark world full o
Callie Rose Tyler
Okaaaaaaaay....what the hell did I just read? Did I enjoy it....? No? Am I confused? YES, and I felt confused the entire time I was reading it. This takes place in a possible alternate future with geriatric superheroes and various other incredibly minor characters many that are the love child of this person and that person and so on. Apparently they include all these characters just for the group photo. Plus, Alex Ross depicts many characters in some strange ways, for example Hawkman is a humano ...more
Kingdom Come no es para cualquiera porque necesitas calcetines fuertes para no salir volando de ellos.

Mientras que la trama general de Kingdom Come no necesita realmente que tu conozcas todo acerca de los superhéroes habidos y por haber de DC Comics, sí ganas un entendimiento mucho más profundo entre más personajes distingues de la gigantesca lista de 'metahumanos' que la historia propone, y déjenme decirles, gigantesca no es una hipérbole.

El arte de Alex Ross, hiperrealista, siento que le agreg
This was my second read through of "Kingdom Come." The story is sort of a "what if" scenario. Superman has always been a moral compass to the people in the DC Universe. This story takes place 10 years after Superman retires. Most of the other Heroes from his time have followed his lead and stepped out of the picture. The universe is, however, still full of other Metahumans. Not all of whom share in their forebear’s ideals. These new “heroes” are out of control and there are some tragedies. This ...more
Adam Matthews
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I’ve spent many days trying to write this review in my head, uncertain of what to say. Kingdom Come (whose title, as most people probably realize, comes from the Pater Noster) appears to have two main thematic concepts. The first is that the children and grandchildren of the first superheroes run amok and belittle rather than inspire human achievement when they no longer have anyone who opposes them because all of the super-villains have been eliminated. The second is that their parents and gran ...more
Kingdom Come, how do I love thee, let me count the ways
1. I bought the original graphic novels as they cane out, such brilliant Alex Ross artwork, such a nice setting for the future of DC's mightiest heroes.
2. I bought the hardcover, what a lovely book to add to my shelves, worthy of a display in my living room... but the nephews and nieces better not touch! ;-)
3. I bought the Absolute version... OK, now I'm just going overboard!

This is not the first book I've ever bought multiple versions of, I
~ 4.5 out of 5 stars ~

First of Alex Ross's art is captivating just like the characters and sometimes it works like watching a movie as the plot slowly unfolds.

The backdrop is set in chaotic future where super humans have become menace. (to whom? I won't reveal that part). The characters are not two dimensional, there are conflicts both moral and ethical, there are difficult choices, double crosses and all the contents of a good thriller movie.

I think Ross has paid homage to Christopher Reeve in
This was such a major disappointment for me in terms of lack of information, plot, and useless storyline. But gets me upset is that the artwork is absolutely stunning and had so much potential and then it just went to the garbage. This story is about how in 10 years, the world has gone mad with superheroes who have forgotten what it is to defend for humans and this planet. Part of this is because Superman quit being so super because he failed a major mission that ruined Kansas and those who he t ...more
A must read for any serious DC comics fan. Beyond the fantastic watercolor artwork by Alex Ross, the story is also probably the best DC story from the 1990s. If not, it's up there with The Long Halloween at least. And it holds up still 18 years later. In fact, I'd say it's more prescient now. The old heroes have given way to the new generation. A generation that cares less about collateral damage and the rule of law. And the old heroes, disheartened by human society's acceptance of these heroes ...more
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Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.
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