Fridge / Kingdom Come

  • Fridge Brilliance: At the end, the Silver Age villains who formed the "Mankind Liberation League" to exploit the superhuman conflict receive a bout of Laser-Guided Karma by being forced to work in Bruce Wayne's hospital at the end. Notice, however, that a further level of of Karma is active in what duties they've been assigned; would-be world conquerors and mass-murderers Lex Luthor and Lord Naga are assigned demeaning roles like mopping floors and emptying chamber pots, while relatively low-level thieves like the Riddler and Catwoman get relatively minor jobs.
    • Another, not mutually exclusive possibility: those with some degree of compassion (Catwoman) or at least no desire to cause harm to innocents (Riddler) work with patients, while the murderous ones are given jobs that don't put vulnerable people within their reach. In particular, the Riddler is seen dealing with a small child, a role that someone of his talents would probably find about the right audience.
  • Fridge Brilliance, in a meta sense. The event that forced Superman et al. out of retirement is the destruction of Kansas, which was caused by the death of Captain Atom. Captain Atom is somewhat obscure, but much better known is his Captain Ersatz: Dr. Manhattan. Just one of several interesting ties between the story thatnote  launched The Dark Age of Comic Books, and its best-known Deconstruction.
  • At one point, as covered under Strawman Has a Point on the YMMV page, the '90s Anti-Hero characters imprisoned by the Justice League complain that killing was the only way to stop threats like Genosyde. However, a previous issue has Batman mention that Genosyde blew up Arkham Asylum, Blackgate Penitentiary, and Belle Reve, the three most prominent supervillain prisons in the DC Universe, killing almost all of Batman's villains (and scorews of villains in general, one presumes). This would make Genosyde more like an especially extreme example of the "newblood" vigilantes, who have already been described as spending more time fighting amongst themselves than anything else.
    • Blackgate is not a supervillain prison, but a regular jail, so thousands of normal inmates were killed. Arkham is famous for its super-powered wing, but it's still just a sanitarium, and plenty of normal people, including out-patients, were probably there, too.
      • Not to mention guards, wardens, janitors, doctors, nurses and any other person who worked there and was not a criminal. This doesn't include members of the inmates families who were there on visitation.
    • Also, as Lex Luthor mentions, there are so many survivors from both Arkham and Belle Reve that (while undercover) they amount to 8% of superhero community which is huge, given how many superheroes Kingdom Come has.
    • Let's not forget the rumbles between "heroes" in normal citizens' neighborhoods. It's part of why Wonder Woman becomes more and more edgy and angry.