Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come


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In the near-future world of Kingdom Come, superheroes are ubiquitous, but heroism is rare. After decades as Earth's champions, the members of the Justice League have all retreated out of the public eye, replaced with a new generation of crime-fighters whose brand of justice leaves humanity terrified, rather than inspired. But with the planet's future in jeopardy, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman must come out of retirement to make one last stand for truth and justice...

From comics writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross comes this definitive collection of the seminal masterpiece Kingdom Come, with more than 100 pages of sketches, annotations and other behind-the-scenes features.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401290962
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 99,205
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Waid, a New York Times best-selling author, has written a wider variety of well-known comics characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, Kingdom Come, is one of the best-selling comics collections of all time.

Alex Ross first came to prominence as the illustrator of Marvel’s before producing the award-winning Kingdom Come.  With a graphic novel for Vertigo (Uncle Sam), several projects for Marvel Comics, and six oversized graphic novels starring DC's iconic heroes (collected in The World's Greatest Heroes), the top-selling Justice series and more, he continues to bring comics to a broader audience. In 2003, Ross was the subject of a retrospective of his work for DC Comics, Mythology (Pantheon Books), written and designed by Chip Kidd.

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Kingdom Come 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
krypto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best superhero tale I've ever read. When a new breed of heroes take violent action against wrongdoers, and the courts cheer them on, Superman retires. He returns with a reformed Justice League as the world is on the precipice of disaster, but what right does he have to impose his morals onto a scared but vengeful world? As ever with superhero stories, it's really about humanity. Mark Waid's storytelling ability coupled with Alex Ross' astonishing paintings (each panel of which contains so many details it takes an age to get through the book) produces something really quite special.
yak_lukestwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic of the 'metahero' variety. Similar to Gaiman's American Gods or Anansi Boys as it deals with the core ideas of heroism, mythology and power, combined with classic Justice League goodness and the emotional realism of Alex Ross' painted art.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in a future where the original crop of superheroes (Superman, Wonderwoman etc.) have all sidelined by a larger, younger generation which is much more flagrant with its powers and unrestrained in their actions. The art work is gorgeous - each panel painstakingly painted by Alex Ross. The story seems a little more ordinary to me and seems to draw on some of the themes of older classics such as Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, while sacrificing most of their depth and complexity. This won a whole slew of awards, but while I found it interesting, I thought it rather predictable. Maybe it struggles a little too hard to be an 'event'. Was it really necessary to stuff every DC character (and then some) in here?
carratona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mildly interesting story. Great art and if you're into the DCU it's worth looking through just to see all the also rans in the background.
tiamatq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know that this was one of those epic comic storylines of the 90s. And on its face, it's a good story - war is about to break out between the generations of superhumans and everyone, super and regular, will suffer for it. Will the older generation of heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman abandon their morals to stop their children and grandchildren, who have little regard for human life? And on the other side, we have mortals like Batman (who is not aging well - but who ever expects Batman to age well?) and Lex Luthor and his most unfortunately named organization, the Mankind Liberation Front, or MLF. I swear, I could not read that abbreviation without thinking "MILF" and wondering if that had not crossed Mark Waid's mind. Anyways, these men seek to protect humanity, though for very different reasons. And then there's Captain Marvel/Billy Batson, caught in the middle of it all.So yes, it's a good end-of-the-world story. But it just didn't appeal to me. The artwork is incredible. That's probably the biggest selling point for this story. But I felt like I was reading a "Who's Who" of DC heroes and villains, which became so dizzying that I couldn't keep characters straight and I really didn't care. In the back of the compilation, there's a chart of 105 of the heroes/villains, and many of their names end with the numbers 2 or 3. Despite the plethora of characters, the focus is mainly on Superman, with supporting roles from Wonder Woman and Batman. Several of the heroes I recognized (which didn't feel like many... go go Wesley Dodds) looked like they'd have interesting stories to tell and opinions to contribute... but they hardly utter a word. Which brings me to my biggest gripe - Captain Marvel/Billy is the character that this whole story hinges on. He is both mortal and superhuman. His mental state is less than whole, and he's the only person capable of matching Superman's powers. But he gets so little attention for such a pivotal character! Plus, I have a little trouble getting invested in a scene where the key word is Shazam. I guess it's just a sign of the times.
luketest4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic of the 'metahero' variety. Similar to Gaiman's American Gods or Anansi Boys as it deals with the core ideas of heroism, mythology and power, combined with classic Justice League goodness and the emotional realism of Alex Ross' painted art.
JapaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Kingdom Come, the elderly super-heroes confront the new breed of super-heroes that have gone havoc. A great battle ensues.The story is nothing special, although it has some nice takes on the morality of the older heroes. But the art by Alex Ross is stunning! All art is painted, the panels are divided ingeniously and all the characters are remarkably life-like.I have previously read The Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Ross. Now I think I will have to look for all of Ross's other work as well.
abdhakim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like it so much that I bought one for my own personal collection after reading it from a friend.
JohnMunsch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cool artwork (as always) from Alex Ross doesn't salvage a mediocre (at best) storyline. I'd give it a skip and maybe pick up the an artbook for Alex Ross instead, because that's about all you'll enjoy out of this.
mikemillertime on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Didn't live up to the hype. The Alex Ross art is certainly extraordinary, but the plot is dull and plodding, treating the reader like an idiot to constantly reiterate it's trite and basic themes of morality and destiny. The vehicle of the narrator magically teleporting through the story's events also feels lame, a weak post-modern vessel to tie its would-be sprawling canvas together who also adds ridiculous commentary on the obvious. Perhaps in its day, it would feel far more visionary with its take on enforcing justice and bending the rules in a pre-9/11 and pre-Dark Knight(movie) world. If not for the beautiful art though, this book would warrant a 1 star rating. Frank Miller's "Dark Knight Strikes Back" is a far superior take on the final future conclusion of the DC universe.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful art. Very interesting story line. Probably missed some DC references. Took chances, went outside the box.
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GiovanniG More than 1 year ago
Graphic Novel Friday Kingdom Come Mark Waid/Alex Ross The entire DC Comics gang is included in this one; mall, large it doesn't matter. If they are a considered a metahuman , they are included in this epic battle. I am just starting to get caught up in the DC world and am enjoying the writing and artwork. The twists and turns of the big three ( Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) were very surprising to me. The quality of the writing and the depth of the plotline were what kept me totally enthralled with this graphic novel. The questions of right and wrong, the greater good, using one's gifts to their fullest to serve others, were questions that seemed not to be asked of most of these "Super" beings and instead were just headed down a path of total self-absorption. Superman and Company tries to set things straight and make the world safe once again for all. I don't want to expand on this much more because I don't want to spoil what is contained in the pages of the novel. It is very thought provoking and provocative; raises questions from sources I amazed me. I paused more than once to ponder the material and how it relates to my life. Thankfully I was camped out on the beach and could just stare out at the waves, letting the thoughts just wash over me .The places these seemingly simple innocent graphic novels take us is amazing . I don't hesitate to recommend reading this. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, and also look for our posts on Amazon. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati's Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http;//
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In the comics realm, you cannot get much better than Kingdom Come. From the story (dramatic, suspenseful, even heartbreaking) to the art (the most realistic drawings I have ever seen in comics), it wraps you in and doesn't let go. A definite masterpiece, extending far beyond just the art of comics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The way the characters shown to have changed over the years, one heroes beliefs stays the same and thats no other than Superman. He may have question himself at times but never his beliefs and the way this story is put together in words and in art you'll see that the heroes of the past and present respect him and his beliefs. As a child I was a fan and after reading this book I'm a fan once more only diffrence is now I injoy DC comics with my daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kingdom come is one of those few comic book stories that realy deserves more attention than just from the fanboy realm. one of the only good books that sprang from a direct result of Kurt Buseik's MARVELS, where the story of the super-hero is told through the average man. A testiment to the literary maturity of comic books as opposed to the average stereo-types.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best graphic novel I have read since I took up reading comics. The graphics are WONDERFUL and the storyline is a page turner; I couldn't put it down, and you won't either.