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Kingdom Come (1997)

par Mark Waid (Writer), Alex Ross (Illustrateur)

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Séries: Kingdom Come (1), DC Elseworlds, Justice League

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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.
  1. 40
    Marvels par Kurt Busiek (Death_By_Papercut)
    Death_By_Papercut: Great art by Alex Ross
  2. 30
    Watchmen par Alan Moore (jpers36)
  3. 20
    Astro City Vol. 01: Life in the Big City par Kurt Busiek (FFortuna)
  4. 20
    Squadron Supreme by Mark Gruenwald (Marvel Omnibus) par Mark Gruenwald (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Waid and Ross' graphic novel may be nicer to look at, but Gruenwald & co. were there first.
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    Superman: For Tomorrow, Vol. 1 par Brian Azzarello (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: For Tomorrow tells the story of how a wonderful, naive, innocent Superman can become the wonderful, disillusioned, sometimes hardnosed Superman of Kingdom Come.
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What an incredible graphic novel. Easily my favorite Superman story.

The art style is incredible, I feel like Arkham Asylum wanted to go for something like this; super realistic, but stylistic enough to still feel like a comic book. Every page had interesting panels, angels, colors and layouts that I drowned in the imagery.

The story is very contemporary for 1996, I'm sure at the time it would have been a major paradigm shift in what superhero stories and superheroes themselves should aspire to.

Loved the narrative style, the stakes and even though I'm not overly knowledgeable about many DC characters, it didn't detract from my enjoyment. Fantastic. ( )
  hskey | Nov 29, 2021 |
Great art and a complete story

There has always been a tonal conflict in DC comics. The power and capabilities of the heroes, and the tragedies they deal with, balance poorly next to the silliness of the world they inhabit. This series imagined how their heroics might go wrong, how that would play out, and what might be done. In many ways the world of DC comics ends with this story, and it is a really good ending. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
This is very self-consciously everything that many reviewers call it -- beautifully illustrated, challenging, deep, grim, heavy, important, insightful, layered, majestic, sophisticated, touching, and well-written (mostly). It's a lot more, too. Unfortunately, for all its great qualities, it simply isn't enough for me to regard it as highly as many other readers.

The motivations for the characters are very primary-colors: they only make sense if you accept the simplistic archetypes, mores, and sociopolitical conditions of comics circa 1970, which had been pretty thoroughly demolished in many mainstream comics during the 1980s. Where a few of the "big questions" raised by Chris Claremont's X-Men and Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns storylines in the 1980s are largely just parts of the world in which those series existed, handled with some amount of subtlety and self-awareness, it took more than twenty years for Kingdom Come to attack a relatively small subset of those same concerns in a more heavy-handed, overt, somewhat ungraceful manner. Kingdom Come was the penetrating, unflinching examination of the super-hero condition and humanity's place in the super-hero world that comic books needed . . . in 1981. It was published in 2008.

What little was not addressed by the combination of Frank Miller, and the elephant in the room (Alan Moore's Watchmen), all at the same time, is incidentally covered by the The Death of Superman (via Doomsday: see the "great powers collide" artifice in this comparison, for instance) and Marvel's Civil War series (see the obvious and unimaginative retread of the soulless resurrection of a Great Power to dark ends, complete with thunder and lightning to shake the cosmos, as a key example in this comparison), though not particularly better in either of those than in Kingdom Come -- only sooner. In fact, the essence of the entire Kingdom Come tale centered around a retread of the trite, ham-handed, deeply disappointing ending of Civil War (where what stopped a war with pathetically underdeveloped moral horror in one sparked a war with naively realized caricatured, cartoonish, dare I say "comic book" simplistic moral conflict in the other), without which that Marvel crossover could have been a much more satisfying narrative.

Then, of course, there are the overexposed tropes of both traditional literature and comic book history -- the largely-detached observer providing ongoing exposition that keeps the events of the tale from becoming more visceral to the reader, the oversimplified grittiness of 1990s comic book trends as an eventual reaction to the oversimplified cleanness of pre-1980s comic book trends, the oversimplified morality-play 2000s comic book trends as an overreaction to the 1990s, and so on.

I'm glad I read Kingdom Come. I enjoyed it. It's just almost thirty years too late to be the great book many reviewers describe. The American mainstream super-hero comic book genre grows up . . . again and again and again, because it keeps returning to its infancy. Lately, it seems to grow up less, but more often.

This comes across as a very negative review, but I gave it three stars, which Goodreads identifies as meaning that I enjoyed it. I'll say it one more time: I did enjoy it. Most of this review is simply a clarification of why I did not enjoy it nearly as much as most reviewers.
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  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
I’ve read it again after many years, and this is still my all time favorite DC Universe story. ( )
  DPinSvezia | Nov 9, 2020 |
Starring Tom Hanks?
Think heavy-handed Christian mythology, WWII, Dockers-wearing-heroes...
actually, maybe add a 70-something Clint Eastwood to the roster as well.

Still enjoyable, if not eye-rollingly simplified good & evil drama.
Incredibly good art.
Great flow in storytelling.
By the way? I loved Deadman's little cameo. More of that please...

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  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
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Klein, Toddauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
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Dedicated to Christopher Reeve who makes us believe that a man can fly.
To Brian Augustyn, who hired me when no one else would, without whom today I would be asking not, "What will the Flash do this month?" but rather, "Would you like fries with that?" - MARK WAID
For my father, Clark Norman Ross, the real McCay and the true inspiration for all of Kingdom Come. - ALEX ROSS
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This is the entry for the standard collection of Kingdom Come. Please do not combine with single issues, the Absolute Edition, the prose (text) adaptation or the audio book version. Thanks.
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