YMMV / Kingdom Come

  • Anvilicious: The series is not exactly subtle in its themes, metaphors and particularly religious symbolism.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Poor Lobo, getting on in years, has gone from the Main Man to the Main Homer Simpson Lookalike.
    • Martian Manhunter gets it even worse than Lobo, from a guy who could clash with Superman reduced to a nervous wreck who can barely control his body.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Boston Brand's (Deadman) four page cameo. He's even wittier in the novelization.
    • Magog ended up becoming this for the writers; they initially made him a cliched representation of everything they hated about Nineties Anti-Hero and the culture he represented, but he gained unexpected depth through the writing of the series until he ended up being one of their favorite characters from it. Sadly, when he was brought into the main universe, he went in the other direction.
    • Nightstar due to being a walking representation of the marriage between fan-favorite coupling Nightwing and Starfire, and being very easy on the eyes besides.
    • Kid Flash (Iris West, Wally's daughter) is also quite popular and has made frequent appearances in the regular DC Universe long before Superman did.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Kingdom Come inadvertently started the trend of pairing Superman and Wonder Woman in Elseworld comics note  before finally becoming a canon Official Couple in the New 52. However, while Kingdom Come devotes a great deal of time and attention to examining their relationship and crafting believable circumstances to bring them together, many modern comics just take it as a granted that the strongest man and woman will be attracted to one another, or simply write the romance poorly. In addition, it started the idea that Wonder Woman had no issues with killing, when before this comic, she was the least violent of the major heroes in the DC Universe.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Hoo boy, the Novelization has Mera mentioning rumors Arthur and Diane were going to have a royal wedding to unite Themiscrya and Atlantis. Cue Flashpoint. Yeah.
    • Superman came that close to becoming Plutonian.
    • Seeing Ted Kord alive and well in this book stings pretty hard considering his treatment in the main continuity. Until he's seen as one of the many fatalities of the bomb.
    • Likewise, knowing Lian Harper is alive and a hero like her father considering the events of Justice League: Cry for Justice. It becomes even harsher in the novelisation, where the entire Arrow family are killed off by the nuke.
    • Also Billy Batson's Brainwashed and Crazy became much more heartbreaking after the same fate that happened to Mary Marvel in Countdown to Final Crisis and later Billy Batson in Justice Society of America.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Deadman's appearance in this series: he is reduced to his skeleton in his uniform. Now take a look at what his Black Lantern self looks like...
    • Selina Kyle has become wealthy thanks to a massive cosmetics empire - the profession of the Big Bad in the later Catwoman film.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The entire Silver Age generation of heroes.
  • Sequelitis: Kingdom Come was followed by The Kingdom, which was... underwhelming.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • At one point, one of the "newbloods" calls out Superman to argue against the notion that they have saved lives thanks to their willingness to kill the most dangerous supervillains. While the new "heroes" are clearly reprehensible and vile, the reader is almost certain to find themselves agreeing there are some criminals who should be taken down permanently, rather than being given relatively light sentences.
    • When Superman questions Wonder Woman about bringing a lethal weapon (a sword crafted by a deity) to quell a riot, she shoots back that not everyone has built-in deadly powers like heat vision or bullet-proof skin.
    • Considering that the Joker is an unrepentant mass-murderer that both the system and the 'classic' superheroes haven't dealt with yet, is it any surprise that the Magog's killing him is supported? The novelization goes into a bit more detail, explaining that Lois Lane had sacrificed herself to give Superman the opening he needed to arrest The Joker, and as such Magog killing him made Lois' death completely pointless.
  • Uncanny Valley: Captain Marvel looks...off. His features look unnatural in the comic's photorealistic painted style. Helpful of course because he is, after all, working with the villains.
  • Woobie: Captain Marvel; a scared little orphan boy suffering from PTSD only to be taken advantage of in his vulnerability by Lex Luthor, enslaved into adulthood by bugs inside his brain only to die for the future of his people when he gains his freedom.


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