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Absolute Kingdom Come Hardcover – January 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207687
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.6 x 15.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comic-book publishers have grown expert at collecting individual issues of a title as graphic novels and later re-releasing those collections with hitherto unpublished sequences, further artwork, and other "bonus" material to entice buffs to purchase the same book twice and thrice. DC Comics brings the game to a new level with the Absolute series of oversized, slipcased, hardcover volumes of landmark titles. Set 20 years into the future of the DC Universe, Kingdom Come (1996) saw old-school heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman confronting violent, irresponsible superhero newcomers who are as dangerous as the villains they oppose, while Batman led a third camp attempting to head off a disastrous superhuman war. The main attraction is Alex Ross' lush, ultrarealistic, painted artwork. Marking the story's tenth anniversary, its Absolute treatment includes excerpts from Ross' sketchbook and other artwork from trading cards, T-shirts, and other tie-in products. Gordon Flagg
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Customer Reviews

This beautiful book comes encased in an Alex Ross Kingdom Come cover art.
K.H.
I love this book and recommend it if you for sure know you are getting a 1st or 2nd printing.
Aaron Gallant
If you're curious to what a great comic story can be, I highly recommend this book!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 4:27 Mins
One of many absolute edition reviews i made, largely so you can get a feel for the look of the book as well as its bonus features. my vids are mostly about the particular addition, with minimal critique of the story/art itself.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By David Moran on October 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
On the outside, this is a gorgeous volume, and it looks good on a bookshelf. However I don't recommend anyone be introduced to Kingdom Come this way. I don't know if its the enlarged pages or what, but the reproduction of Alex Ross's glorious art looks surprisingly grainy, with rather dull and degraded colors. It really looks like crap, and everyone I've shown this edition to agrees.

Kingdom Come is a great story, which is why this still gets four stars, but DC Comics get a huge middle finger for making the actual COMIC look so ugly on the page.

Buy the trade. It's about sixty bucks cheaper and looks much, much better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Gallant on February 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is really very nice. It is leather bound, contains lots of cool extras, oversized pages, and a slipcover with additional artwork from Alex Ross. Some reviewers have complained that this book looks grainy compared to standard copies. I looked at the book side by side with the paperback trade and only noticed a very minor difference. There is a slightly more grainy look to the absolute edition but even when compared to other editions, it is barley noticeable. The pages are larger and it seems like it is pretty normal to have a little more grain when any image is enlarged. It doesn't bother me in the least.

The reason I took one star off is because there is an issue with the third printing which is the most recent as of the date I am writing this (Feb. 2012). On page 104 of the 3rd printing there is no text where there should be text. The art, boxes, and dialog bubble are there but just no text. Not that big of a deal if you are buying just to read but I would imagine that most people buy the expensive absolute version as a collector's item. Amazon was really cool and replaced my first book with a new one but the new one had the same problem. I ended up finding a 3rd party seller that had an older edition and that had the text. I love this book and recommend it if you for sure know you are getting a 1st or 2nd printing. Since purchasing this book I noticed that Amazon took it off their list and you can only buy it from 3rd party sellers which indicates that they realize the problem. I imagine DC will release a 4th printing with the correct text placement but if you can't wait try to get a 1st or 2nd printing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Sampson on November 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I read Kingdom Come for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. After reading it though ,I can tell you I was completely blown away. I had never seen Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman portrayed like this before. The themes in Kingdom Come are very dark and realistic. It is about the price of being a hero. When DC anounced they were releasing a special edition to commemorate the tenth anniversary, I was a bit skeptical at first. How much better could this storyline be? Let me tell you that this story line is just as compelling as the first time through. The beautiful artwork from the great Alex Ross is preserved in this over-sized edtiton along with a slipcase cover featuring new artwork from the master artist. There is so much supplementary material icluded that any hardcore fan will truly appreciate it. Kindom Come is an underrated story that derserves to stand up there with The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns as one of the greatest comic storylines of all time. It still resonates with the themes of today's society. This is a classic that no fan should miss.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Xavier Zavala Heras on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The New Printing of Kingdom Come Absolute Edition have missing text on Page #104.

A reliable site got THREE different copies and all of them have the same error.

I just can't believe I sold my old copy for this crap. And now is out of print again...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raul Vito on May 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While Kingdom Come is still one of the best stories ever of the DC universe, and the extra sketches and bonus materials of this edition are really top notch, this was really another wasted opportunity to have an ultimate collector version of this story.
I agree the art looks way too grainy, but on the bright side the colors do look considerably more vibrant than in the original Kingdom Come issues. I have done side by side comparisons of both the single issues, the first printing Hardcover edition and the Absolute Kingdom Come and I am guessing the publishers somehow increased the size of the original prints and tried to touch up the colors, but it's a shame that they could not reuse the original paintings for this. Looking at gorgeous oversized Ross works like Superman Peace on Earth it is really quite obvious this is the case. I don't know what would be worst, that the new second edition had this fixed (and I were stuck with the grainy version) or that there was no change in the new edition and I had to wait another 10 years for another revision that might fix this.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Lewis on August 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you have never read Kingdom Come then you will love this. If you have read Kingdom Come you will love this more. I have the original issues and read them twice. Then I bought the trade so I could get the extra twelve pages. Lost it, bought a new one, then found the old one. This Absolute Edition is like a DVD Special Edition with the "wide-screen" pages and tons of extra including transcripts, sketches, etc.

Originally intended to be future of the DC Universe it became an Elseworlds tale but is so driven into the DC Mythos because it reminds you of the Trinity which is Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Three completely different tactics (in any age) but the same underlying goal. Also it reminds the readers that Superman can be assumed to be a "god" but he does not believe that nor wishes it. But his "godness" is what forever will seperate him from humanity.

There is more to say but I don't want to ruin it. Save your money so you can buy the Absolute Edition.
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