Kingdom Come by Mark Waid

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  • Omg I can feel your love pouring out for this one. I mean, check out the graphics too! If that’s not an amazing work of art, I don’t know what is! Makes me want to get my hands on this too!

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  • Holy shazbots, that little video was awesome!!!! I was not a fan of Routh in Superman Returns, but he plays that little scene exquisitely! Color me impressed.

    As for the book, I have vague memories of reading it but have no record of it, so it must have been when it first came out. I think I just found my comic for July 😀 Now, have you read the sequel “The Kingdom” as well, or do you plan on it? I don’t think I ever read that, so I’ll probably read it too and make a complete go of the storyline. Thanks! Always nice when something slots in for the future so nicely.

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    • I knew you’d find it particularly nice for a TV-universe that usually has some really sub-par episodes/acting/cinematography! Routh actually plays The Atom in the Arrowverse and this whole Crisis event allowed him to play the Kingdom Come version of Superman and I can tell you, I wish he could’ve had a whole episode/movie in that role!

      I think this one would be quite good with you. The themes explored, the ideas presented, everything makes it more than just a generic tale of superheroes being superheroes. There might be a couple of ideas that will, however, make you a tiny bit mad, based on what I know of you hahahah But I am overly excited that you will be giving this one a try soon! I’ll be curious to see what you’ll have to say about it.

      I haven’t read The Kingdom actually and didn’t plan on it for the near future, especially since Alex Ross didn’t work on those. I’ll probably try hunting them down just to “complete” the story but I believe Kingdom Come is a fantastic stand-alone story with a beginning and an end. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this on in the future! 😀

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  • It was so long ago I read this I don’t recall any details, but I do remember enjoying it. How can you go wrong with the creative team behind it? This is one of those cases, though, where even if the writing was sub-par (which it wasn’t) I’d still seek it out just for the amazing Alex Ross artwork.

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    • I can only recommend a re-read of this gem. Like you mention here, the creative team, and Alex Ross alone, makes this a MUST! I’m hunting down another one of his legendary projects (keeping it a secret if you don’t already know of it) for a future review too! 😀

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  • I love dipping into an Elseworld tale every now and then. They are usually just pure fun.

    This one sounds fantastic and that cover is pure brilliance.

    Does Batman feature? Perhaps Batman Beyond style Batman seeing as how they’ve all retired?

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  • High praise indeed Lashaan! I actually have this and New Frontier next in my digital queue, wasn’t sure which one to read first but I think it’s going to have to be Kingdom Come based on this review. I’ve heard so much about it over the years and been pretty lax in getting to it, Mark Waid can be a bit hit and miss for me but this sounds like a really good concept and story. Plus, Alex Ross – his work on Marvels was phenomenal and I’m confident it’s just as astonishing here.

    I didn’t see any of the crisis Arrow-verse episodes, I was interested in seeing Brandon Routh back in the suit though but the whole thing ended up passing me by.

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    • My first encounter of Ross’s work was with Marvels too (I need to hunt down a copy so I can reread and share a review at some point). I have been keeping Kingdom Come in the background for a long time now but I just KNEW that it was going to blow my mind and it didn’t disappoint. I think you’ll GREATLY appreciate too. I would personally recommend this one over New Frontier first too. This one is very short too, for example. In this edition I reviewed, over half the graphic novel is commentary on the various character designs, afterthoughts, cover art and what not. It’s a true gem for collectors like you and me. Of course. Of all editions out there, I’d probably just recommend the Absolute edition too hahaha

      Oh snap, for real? I thought you got around to them. I binged hard to catch up on all the episodes of each series just to be on time for the Crisis event (I stopped watching the CW shows ever since though). It was actually pretty good, with some hiccups and twists that obviously don’t follow the comics but the cameos and Easter eggs made it worth it for long-time DC fans!

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      • Yeah, the main reason I didn’t catch it is because there wasn’t a UK outlet for Batwoman at the time so although the other instalments were going to be aired I knew the Batwoman episode was going to be missing so didn’t bother! The whole crisis event though is however getting a DVD and no doubt digital release so I’ll probably get to it eventually.

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        • Ahhh, I see. Thanks for the insight. Honestly, there’s nothing to rush about here. There’s plenty of other non-CW content that should be prioritized over this hahah

          Did you see the latest trailers for Deathstroke (they ended up turning it into a movie instead of a TV series!) and Superman: Man of Tomorrow (such a fascinating visual style to go with, sort of like Archer). Can’t wait for them to come out!

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          • I did, I’m mostly interested in Superman: Man of Tomorrow and quite like what I’ve seen in terms of the animation style. I’m not a huge fan of Lobo though, don’t mind him as such but depends how he’s utilised (i.e. the extremely goofy approach in Superman: The Animated Series irked me a little).

            I wonder if Man of Tomorrow is set to be the start of a new DCU animation continuity as everything was brought to a close with JL Dark: Apokolips War?

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  • YAAAY!!! I love Ross’s comics, and Kingdom Come is pure brilliance – as is Marvels! Glad you are as smitten with this as I am 😀

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    • Hahahahaha I was actually really looking forward to your thoughts on this one and I’m glad to see that we’re on the same page for this. It has all the power dynamic talk that you often pinpoint because of your particular lenses! 😉 I need to get my hands on a nice edition of Marvels to share my thoughts on that gem too someday soon! Thank you for reading, Ola! 🙂

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  • Excuse me for having to bring this up, but I wonder why they still lack diversity in their gallery of super heroes. True, I don’t know the whole universe of it. You’re well versed in the subject. What do you think?

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    • No worries, Karina. There is plenty of diversity among DC heroes, especially today. As a reference, the first black comic book superhero is Black Panther (Marvel) back in the 1960s. For the Kingdom Come story though, a lot of the main heroes are the Justice League heroes and most of them aren’t culturally diverse, which is normal but of all the heroes presented in this story, many aren’t human too.

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  • I am afraid I had missed reading this one, Lashaan, and just came over from Bookstooge’s review of the same! MAN, THE CONTRAST! xD Makes me wonder, you know, about how no two people ever read a book the same way. 🙂 As always though, I LOVED READING YOUR POINT OF VIEW and AM SOO SOO GLAD THAT THIS ONE WAS A WINNER IN YOUR EYES! 😉

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  • This was a great story. One of those stories where you clearly remember the time in your life when you read it. It certainly captures the peak of the 90’s for DC. It’s great to see that it finds a new audience 20 years later.

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    • Absolutely. Anyone can dive into this masterpiece at any point in their lives and the near future and I think they’ll all be impressed by what it has to offer. I know that it’s a mandatory re-read for me too. Thanks for reading, Christopher.

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