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An Essential Read For Comic Fans
Okay seriously, why hasn't DC done an animated adaptation of this? Flashpoint is a-okay but not this masterpiece? Oi...

Anyway, long ago before DC decided to make a terrible reboot, DC had created many great storylines and alternate continuities. Out of all of them however, Kingdom Come will always be my favourite. Not only is the book visibly gorgeous, wish Alex Ross' magnificent artwork oozing style and detail into every panel, and Mark Waid's spectacular writing providing a deep and profound look into the philosophy, morality and ethics of superheroes.

The story centers around a potential Bad Future of the DC Universe, where the Silver Age heroes have all been replaced by murderous Anti-heroes. Superman is in self-imposed exile, Batman controls Gotham with an army of Bat-robots and Wonder Woman has been exiled from Themyscira. At first the world seemed glad to have heroes who would kill villains off, but then once the villains are dealt with, what are the 'heroes' to do other than fight each other for fun? Now the world is left with an army of superpowered, amoral teenagers beating the shit out of each other for fun and causing massive collateral damage, with no earthly force capable of stopping them. After a disaster caused by the anti-heroes leads to Kansas being nuked to ashes, the stage is set for the return of Superman and an all out war between the reborn Justice League, the anti-heroes, humanity, and the surviving supervillains of yesteryear.

To say any more would spoil some truly amazing scenes and a deep plot with well-thought out and flawed characters. It presents one of the best potential futures for the DC universe...well the old one at least.

I've heard detractors of the book call it glorification of the Silver Age and saying Waid was completely biased against the 90's heroes. Honestly though I think people are missing a lot of detail there. While ultimately the classic heroes are shown to be in the right, leading to less loss of life and widescale destruction, the book does point out that the classic heroes caused problems like Joker Immunity and Cardboard Prison.

Give this a read if you're a comic fan, especially a DC fan.
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A Work Of Craft, A Work Of Love
It is worth noting, before this review begins, that mine is not a youth defined by the Silver Age of comic books. As time has marched on, authors who did are now adults, now mature and reasoned craftsmen in the field. And it is to these men that The Dark Age Of Comic Books was a scar, an open and terrible transition away from what it was that they loved about comic books. And it is to these men that I pen this respectful disagreement.

Kingdom Come is a love letter to the 1970s comic books. It borders on the self-satisfied, almost smug in its quiet professing that Superman, the classic icon, choosing to remain unchanged since the 1950s was not his failing, but rather, the failing of the rest of the world for choosing to change. It stands proud and says, implicitly, that the 1950s Superman never had to make a hard moral decision, and this is what makes him a moral man, a moral bastion.

There are a lot of things about the Dark Age that were bad, that were juvenile and immature. Kingdom Come decries them, holds them up in their ugly glory, then strikes them down, strikes them down again, and strikes them down a third time. Kingdom Come is an amazing comic book. As a narrative unto itself, it is good; it is the work of amazing amounts of effort, and a creative, clever mind that could cram it full of Shout Out after Shout Out. It expands interestingly on dynamics between characters, worn in time and wearied by years. It reconstructs the genre, trying to pull the older, classic comics into the modern era - and it is definitely a work that those who suffered through the Dark Ages will appreciate, as a return to something simpler, without being something simplistic.

As a work to me as a reader, however, Kingdom Come has the unaware air of a forty year old man who lived through the seventies sneering at 'moral decay' of the youth. Without dwelling on it, I think Kingdom Come is a great comic. A comic book every comic fan should read, just like Watchmen. Like seminal works of classic literature, it is important, to me, that every comic fan should read this comic... and be able to form their own opinions on whether it's good, or bad.

So please. If you're curious... give it a read. And maybe you'll find a comic book you love, and will want to own. And maybe you'll just find something that makes you think about your genre all over again.
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