Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come

Book - 2008
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Kingdom Come, the critically acclaimed Elseworlds saga by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, has been combined into one volume, with a new introduction and additional material for this edition.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2008
ISBN: 9781401220341
1401220347
Characteristics: 228 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm

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sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Graphics: 10/10

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replicant30
Jan 04, 2016

Ha, ha! Mark Waid and Alex Ross hated the 90s comics wave; however, I'm sure those strident opinions have mellowed in the last 20 years. Not a complete equivalency, but Metahumans = Image Comics. Hi-larious! Good story, though a bit too moralistic for my fancy - but dang if that painting doesn't sway a reader into feeling the heft of Waid and Ross' sentiment.

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blaquer
Aug 19, 2015

A superhero "civil war" story with biblical/apocalyptic allegory running through it. It was interesting overall. Although the story is not far off from that of Injustice or some of the Justice League movies, it delved more into politics and ethics than those, which I appreciated. The art can be very pretty, but I also found it a little difficult to discern what was going on in some cases.

There was a LOT of references to many different DC characters that I wasn't familiar with. I'm sure if you're a big DC aficionado that will make it that much more enjoyable.

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Keogh
Aug 25, 2014

A stunning miniseries from Mark Waid and Alex Ross, this takes on an alternate reality future in the DC universe where the roles of superheroes has taken on different meanings, with the heroes of old having to reassess their roles in the world. Waid tells the story from the point of view of a normal man, disillusioned and uncertain of himself, taken by the Spectre for purposes of his own. The narrative technique works well, and Waid gets the characterization down perfectly. Alex Ross' artistic style is brilliant and majestic, something required for the story. One of the essential reads for the DC universe.

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wrath231
Mar 04, 2014

The only graphic novel where I was completely entranced by the art. Kudos to Ross for making superheroes look realistic yet still timeless.

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ShamaBole
Nov 16, 2013

Lush visuals but I got bored with the storyline. All gloom and doom, blah blah blah

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sweetlou
Nov 08, 2013

I'd put this at the top of the list for superhero graphic novels. The art by Alex Ross is fantastic - more like oil paintings than sketches. And Mark Waid dies a wonderful job of re-imagining the DC Heros as they have aged and their powers have continued to grow. For example, the Flash isn't a guy whose legs move really fast - he's a guy vibrating on molecular level so that he's not susceptable to the laws of gravity and wind resistance, which also gives him the ability to see into different dimensions - blurry even when he's not moving. It's the cool touches like this, in addition to creating an entire 2nd generation of heros, and in addition to having a good philosophical story arc on the meaning of superheroism and society's idea of justice, plus some good old fashioned POW! WHAM! THWACK!, that make this such a great book.

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GeekyMeagz
Jul 08, 2013

A thought provoking read a definite graphic novel that I would buy. As one who usually just read the Catwoman comics I was surprised by this one. It gets you thinking.

unbalancedbutfair Jul 20, 2012

This is worth reading even if you don't normally read graphic novels. Well worth your time. Important thoughts about what heroism actually is and what we, as a society, actually want compared to what we think we want. Some time honored philosophical questions and thoughts woven seamlessly into a compelling story. You should read this book.

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sidusang
Jul 12, 2012

infinite stars

WRitten after mind was blown by comic

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ryankuang
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sidusang
Jul 12, 2012

sidusang thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

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MrMetalpants
Jun 02, 2017

Other: --Occult themes --Some may consider blasphemous?

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MrMetalpants
Jun 02, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Friends and family turning against each other causing strife. There is an uprising.

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MrMetalpants
Jun 02, 2017

Violence: Mild violence.

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MrMetalpants
Jun 02, 2017

Coarse Language: Mild language

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Librarymans Sep 30, 2010

Golden Age superheroes have to deal with the rise of a new generation of super-humans. The new generation does not share the ideals of the old, and is pushing the world to an apocalyptic confrontation.

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