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Comicbook: The Kingdom (DC Comics)
is a partial sequel to Kingdom Come
, where heroes from that story cross over into the canonical New Earth universe to help stop a threat from destroying all reality. It served as an introduction to the concept of Hypertime
The issues that covered this mini-series include
- New Year's Evil: Gog #1
- The Kingdom #1
- The Kingdom: Son of the Bat #1
- The Kingdom: Nightstar #1
- The Kingdom: Offspring #1
- The Kingdom: Kid Flash #1
- The Kingdom: Planet Krypton #1
- The Kingdom #2
This comic book series provides examples of:
- Almost Kiss: Ibn al Xu'ffasch and Nightstar were about to kiss when they both overhear mention about their world ceasing to exist if Superman went back in time to try saving his son from Gog.
- Alternate Timeline: The introduction of Hypertime, "the vast, interconnected web of parallel timelines which comprise all reality", at the end of The Kingdom #2. It is revealed that the future world of Kingdom Come is one of those timelines.
Hunter: How does 'Hypertime' work? Off the Central Timeline we just left. Events of importance often cause divergent 'tributaries' to branch off the main timestream. ...On occasion, those tributaries return — sometimes feeding back into the Central Timeline, other times overlapping it briefly before charting an entirely new course.
- And I Must Scream: Superman, in one of his many deaths at the hands of Gog, when he recreates the destruction of Krypton with a special bomb that causes Superman to slowly be transformed into Kryptonite.
- The Antichrist: Superman, in the eyes of Gog.
- Aside Glance: The Superman seen at the beginning of The Kingdom #1 gives a wink to the reader at the end of #2 when the sky barrier is removed.
- Asshole Victim: Mister Mxyzptlk, at the hands of Gog. Also Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and Ra's al Ghul, at the hands of Ibn al Xu'ffasch.
- Badass Grandpa: The Kingdom Come counterparts of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
- Bad-Guy Bar: Again, the Titans Tower, being more of a Nineties Anti-Hero bar.
- Big "NO!": Kingdom Come Wonder Woman, when Gog disappears from her time period with her child, and then later when her child Jonathan vanishes from the timeline, or so she thinks.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Soon after Kingdom Come Superman and Wonder Woman's child is born, Gog comes and kills a bunch of Amazons on Themyscira so he could kidnap the child.
- Blackmail: How Ibn al Xu'ffasch gets Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and Ra's al Ghul to work together to find a way to keep their reality from being erased, though ultimately they prove to betray him. Ibn doesn't take any chances and has prepared beforehand how to deal with them.
- Blasphemous Praise: William the prophet believes that Superman is a divine being, even to the point where he builds a church and offers up prayers to him.
- Book Ends: Ignoring New Year's Evil: Gog, the story starts with what's presumably the Golden Age/Earth-2 Superman flying over his version of Metropolis banging on a sky barrier, and ends with the same character realizing that the barrier is gone. Whether that was actually the same Golden Age Superman as the one who went into the paradise dimension with his wife Lois Lane, Alexander Luthor, Jr. from Earth-3, and Superboy of Earth-Prime near the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths was left ambiguous at the time.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: Booster Gold's Planet Krypton restaurant in the present-day world (of 1998) is purposely stocked with items from various timelines by the four Titans from the future. Present-day Batman realizes this when he and his colleagues, plus their Kingdom Come counterparts, are transported to Planet Krypton by Hunter to fight Gog with the various items collected, with Batman saying something like "this isn't a restaurant...it's an arsenal". Where they become museum pieces of a sort is that these items have appeared during the Silver and Bronze Age period DC Universe.
- Broken Pedestal: Superman in the mind of William the prophet, who upheld the hero as a paragon and who claimed that Superman purposely allowed the destruction of Kansas as a test to weed out "false prophets", meaning superheroes that had a rather nihilistic approach to fighting criminals and other threats. After Superman revealed that the destruction of Kansas was more his fault than his purpose, William burned down his temple to worship Superman, thus leading him to his role of being Superman's oppressor Gog.
- Call Forward: Gog teases us with one, telling Kingdom Come Superman's child, "As I am Gog, so shall you be my Magog".
- Calling the Old Man Out: What Gog thinks he's doing as he kills Superman again and again throughout future history, calling him Satan.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Plastic Man, in The Kingdom: Offspring story.
- Crucified Hero Shot: Superman, in one of his many deaths at the hands of Gog.
- Darker and Edgier: Comically attempted and failed by Offspring when he tries to take down Mr. Scarlet at the Titans Tower nightclub by posing as a cash register.
- Dead Guy Junior: Kingdom Come Superman and Wonder Woman's son Jonathan, named after Superman's foster father Jonathan Kent.
- Devil in Disguise: What Gog believes Superman actually is.
- Dies Wide Open: Gog.
- Eye Beams: Gog has them, saying that he gained this ability from Amazo.
- Face-Heel Turn/Faith Heel Turn: William, after he becomes Gog.
- Faceship: Brainiac's ship, which Mr. Scarlet and his gang use trying to escape the end of the world.
- Going Critical: Gog attempts to do this with Captain Atom of the present era, but is stopped before it happens. He still causes enough damage to Kansas to get Superman's attention, though.
- Go Out with a Smile: Gog dies with a smile, thinking that he has finally destroyed Superman. Or so he thinks.
- Green Lantern Ring: Some variants of the ring (including Power Ring's from the Earth-3 universe) were used in the final battle with Gog.
- Green Rocks: Kryptonite, which Gog uses to put Kingdom Come Superman's son Jonathan inside...only it turns out that it doesn't affect him.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Nightstar who is Half Tamaranean from her mother.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kingdom Come Wonder Woman impales Gog with the Sword of Hephaestus...not that it affects him. Also Superman in one of his many deaths at the hands of Gog is impaled with a piece of metal from his birthing matrix.
- In Spite of a Nail: Rose D'Angelo sees a "ghost" of herself that had accepted the engagement ring, but would still end up as a waitress at the Planet Krypton restaurant, informing her that her decision to refuse the engagement was a good one.
- In the Hood: One of the Supermen in the afterlife...particularly the one who was burned to death by Gog.
- Kissing Cousins: Dick Grayson thinks that his daughter Nightstar's relationship to Bruce Wayne's son Ibn al Xu'ffasch is akin to this and tries to forbid her from seeing him in a romantic fashion.
- Kryptonite Factor: Averted with Kingdom Come Superman and his son Jonathan, as the case of the latter being encased in Kryptonite did nothing to him. Present-day Superman still tries to avoid it, though.
- Large Ham: Gog, particularly in the final battle.
- Living Statue: A Superman statue that Mister Mxyzptlk caused to come to life, which Superman had to deal with before Gog arrived to kill him.
- Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: Kingdom Come Wonder Woman and Superman, respectively.
- Man on Fire: Superman, in one of his many deaths at the hands of Gog. Also William during his "baptism of fire" that transforms him into Gog.
- The Many Deaths of You: Gog subjects the Kingdom Come Superman to multiple forms of death as he goes back in time, although in reality it's the many alternate versions of Kingdom Come Superman that are killed.
- Marry for Love: The reason Rose D'Angelo refused the engagement, with her family pressuring her to marry the guy for his money.
- Messianic Archetype: Superman, in the eyes of William before his disillusionment and Faith Heel Turn.
- Missing Mom: Starfire, Nightstar's mother.
- Ms. Fanservice: Nightstar.
- My Future Self and Me: Superman of the present-day (1998) as well as Batman and Wonder Woman meet up with their Kingdom Come counterparts, believing them to be their future selves...until it is revealed that they are actually future selves from an alternate timeline.
- My Greatest Failure: Superman in the time period that William becomes a minister regrets not being there to stop the Kansas disaster in Kingdom Come from taking place.
- Mythology Gag: Batman says, "How bizarre", when examining a piece of Blue Kryptonite at the Planet Krypton restaurant, with Blue Kryptonite being the type that affects Bizarro Superman.
- Part of William's prayer to Superman includes words from The Adventures of Superman TV series intro.
- Offspring mutters Batman's line about criminals being "a superstitious, cowardly lot" from his origin story.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Again, the "heroes" we have seen in Kingdom Come also show up here.
- No Endor Holocaust: Superman's present-day Kansas gets nuked with Gog using Captain Atom to unleash a massive explosion, yet surprisingly Smallville manages to survive it relatively intact.
- Overlord Jr.: What Ra's al Ghul is hoping his grandson Ibn al Xu'ffasch would become.
- Planet-Shattering Kaboom: Gog's recreation of the destruction of Krypton with a specially made bomb that would turn Superman's body into Kryptonite in one of his many deaths.
- Power Trio: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in both their present-day and Kingdom Come incarnations.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Blue Devil's trident (a Type 3 example) shows up as one of the artifacts in the Planet Krypton restaurant that was used against Gog in the final battle.
- Reality-Breaking Paradox: Brought up when a recently-killed Superman meets future incarnations of him in the afterlife, learning from them that Gog is travelling backwards in time, one day at a time, killing off Superman in each of those days. As this Superman points out, the dead spirits of the Supermen for each day Gog has passed shouldn't be meeting each other like this, that "the space-time continuum ought to be hemorrhaging chaos” from this. Subverted that it turns out that each Superman is from a different timeline.
- The Runaway: Rose D'Angelo in The Kingdom: Planet Krypton, who ran away from home to escape an engagement to a guy that she doesn't even love, becoming a waitress at the Planet Krypton restaurant.
- Shout-Out: William opens a seven-sealed scroll which leads to his becoming Gog.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The Phantom Stranger tells William, who had been transformed into Gog, that he now has the power to change events and avert tragedy, but as the other members of the Quintessence reveal, not only does Gog not prevent the Kansas disaster from ever happening, he also intends to make it happen much sooner to implicate Superman as its cause...which is what the Quintessence actually wants to happen for their own purposes.
- Sigil Spam: Gog purposely marks the location of Superman's deaths throughout future history (and even Superman himself) with his Kingdom Come-era S-symbol. In present-day Kansas, Gog marks it with the S-symbol used at that time.
- Spin-Offspring: The mini-series introduces Plastic Man's son Offspring.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Batman pulls this on Rose D'Angelo near the end of The Kingdom: Planet Krypton.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Nightstar looks like a blend of both her parents.
- Stronger with Age: Not only is Kingdom Come Superman invulnerable to Kryptonite, but so also is his son Jonathan.
- Sword Fight: Ibn al Xu'ffasch and Ra's al Ghul near the end of The Kingdom: Son Of The Bat. Ra's loses to Ibn in the duel.
- The End of the World as We Know It: The "heroes" of the Kingdom Come era are faced with the end of the world coming with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman going back in time with Hunter to stop Gog from changing history. Four of its heroes — Ibn al Xu'ffasch, Nightstar, Offspring, and Kid Flash — team up with Hunter to gather items from various timelines in Hypertime to stop Gog's plan. Waverider thinks that any interference from the future would change their history so drastically that it would be the end of the world. As we find out, though, their future still exists because it is part of Hypertime.
- This Isn't Heaven: The Superman seen at the beginning of The Kingdom #1 is banging on an invisible "wall" in the sky, with the captions reading "He deserved heaven, not prison".
- Time Crash: The Linear Men fears this is what's happening with Gog going back in time each day in the past to slay Superman over and over, yet their instruments don't show any sign of an anomaly in the timeline. Of course, Hunter knows the truth of why there's no anomaly, and so he goes out to protect the truth from his fellow Linear Men.
- Time Police: The Linear Men, with Hunter this time going renegade as he must protect a timeline secret that no one must know about: Hypertime.
- Training from Hell: Ibn al Xu'ffasch's childhood was spent undergoing brutal training from his grandfather and the League of Assassins.
- The Unfavorite: Iris West II, the Kingdom Come era Kid Flash, thinks of herself being this to her father Wally West, particularly when he wants his son Barry to carry on the tradition of being the Flash. Wally at the end of The Kingdom: Kid Flash contradicts this thinking, telling his son Barry not to call his sister a "fruit fly", and that her name is Kid Flash.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Green, an orbiting arboreal satellite, is powered by Alan Scott's power ring energy, which is vulnerable to wood. In Planet Krypton: Nightstar, Manotaur takes advantage of this to go on a rampage to destroy the central power station of The Green with a wooden sword.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Gog.
- What Could Have Been: Invoked and played with in-universe during the Planet Krypton issue, where said restaurant is being "haunted" by shades of characters erased from continuity or from different worlds/timelines/universes/dimensions. This is also the driving force of the main character's story. Waitress Rose D'Angelo is haunted by regret that she turned down a man's marriage proposal even though he was rich as her family guilt-tripped her over it because the guy could've provided for them. Eventually, it turns out the shades only manifest because Nightstar and the others crossing over into that world, and Rose finally moves on when she sees a shade of herself that married said suitor and still ended up a waitress.
- The Kingdom was originally planned to be a prequel to Kingdom Come which takes place between the "present" main continuity and the future. Another source says it would reveal the Kingdom Come universe to actually be the Post-Crisis version of Earth-Two, which was altered rather than erased from existence.
- If it's true, then they changed their minds so late that they couldn't completely remove that plot thread from the story as The Kingdom is bookended with Superman of Earth-2 pounding on the walls of reality.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: William after he becomes Gog.