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  • Anvilicious: The series is not exactly subtle in its themes, metaphors and particularly religious symbolism.
  • Awesome Art: Done by the incomparable Alex Ross working at his fullest and finest.
  • 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.note 
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • NORMAN MCCAY. It is a damn crime that he's never appeared in the main continuity.
    • 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 '90s 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.
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    • Red Hood is quite popular too. She's essentially the grown-up version of (fan favorite in her own right) Lian Harper, her persona being a blend of her dad's Red Arrow self and Little Red Riding Hood.
  • 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. One thing Kingdom does that few other stories do is eliminating Lois Lane from the equation but also strikes the tricky balance of making sure that her presence is still keenly felt.
    • In addition, Diana had used lethal force in stories prior to Kingdom Come, but it was always as a last resort. Some stories afterwards would depict her as a Blood Knight who preferred to kill first, ask question later, the New 52 being the biggest offender of this.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Hoo boy, the Novelization has Mera mentioning rumors Arthur and Diana 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.
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    • 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 novelization, 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.
    • Norman McCay's final line to Jim Corrigan is that it is nice to be remembered, if only in a silly way. McCay himself was not present in the book's sequel and has been used extremely sparringly since the end of the mini. Seems he was not so fortunate.
    • Much like, well, everything about Americommando, Swastika's existence feels uncomfortably accurate following the rise of openly Neo-Nazi fanatics in the 2010s.
  • 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.
    • The notion of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al-Ghul having a child was apparently too tantalizing a storyline for the DC Comics writers to keep in the Elseworlds continuity.
    • One of the bar scenes features Rorschach talking to The Question many years before DC Rebirth made Watchmen and DC characters interacting a reality. Not in an Elseworlds novel, but in the main continuity!
    • Ted Kord's Blue Beetle armor, with a giant blue scarab on his back, is said to be powered by the scarab of Dan Garrett (the first Blue Beetle). The concept is very similar to the third Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, who debuted ten years later.
  • Narm:
    • One of the younger heroes likens Superman's invitation to work with him and the Justice League to being called as the Thirteenth Apostle.
    • Captain Marvel's arrival at the Gulag battle is an Oh, Crap! moment that's framed as a single-page Splash Panel. But the framing makes it look like Superman is looking at his crotch which has a noticeable bulge. And right next to the bulge is the narration box "Armageddon has arrived".
  • One True Threesome: Superman/Wonder Woman/Batman, in classic DC fashion. Notable in that it's almost canonized. Batman is made the godfather of Bruce and Diana's child at the end, effectively making the baby a literal child of the Trinity.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • The whole thing was a kneejerk reaction to the Dark Age and its popularity. Not necessarily the comics themselves, but a kneejerk reaction against the fandom of those comics. The problem is, is that comic book creators wanted to have it both ways. Mass murdering Psychopathic villains with body counts in the 5 digits, super fights with massive collateral damage, directly alongside cardboard prisons and a useless legal system, and a plethora of superpeople who were immune to bullets. You can have a Batman with a Never Kill policy, but only so long as the villains are annoying, but harmless. Or a Superman who gets all his worst fights OUTSIDE OF METROPOLIS and his villains stay in prison.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Alex Ross' style is viewed as incomparable by Warner Bros., which is why they do not plan on adapting it to animation.
  • Uncanny Valley: Captain Marvel His traditional features (Eyes Always Closed, Perpetual Smiler) look unnatural in the comic's photorealistic painted style. Helpful of course because he is, after all, working with the villains.
    Superman: Marvel! In the name of heaven - wipe that empty smile off your face!
  • Values Resonance: Americommando's racist speech about immigrants infecting the country and having the gall to expect refuge came across as incredibly over-the-top and 1996, that is. Nowadays, it comes across less as ridiculous and more as a disturbingly prescient callout against nativism and anti-immigrant mindset.
  • The 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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