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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606691
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the 21st century, the Metropolis that once hailed Superman as its guardian has fallen into decay. The old superheroes?Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and others of their generation?have given way to a horde of self-appointed metahumans with a wide variety of deadly powers and, for the most part, the ethics of gangbusters. Now an elderly minister, Norman McCay, who narrates the novel, embarks on a quest to bring help to a Kansas destroyed by an inhuman power, while Batman plays a deadly game with Lex Luthor for control of Billy Batson?the original but now amnesiac Captain Marvel. The novel is an expansion of a highly successful graphic series in DC's innovative Elseworlds universe, but it can be enjoyed without reference to the original. It can't be enjoyed, however, without the kind of suspension of disbelief that only fans of the DC universe are likely to muster. Even so, these and other readers will find the novel full of vivid characterizations of their favorite superbeings, gripping action scenes and notions of pure whimsy such as Planet Krypton theme restaurants. Maggin, a principal writer of Superman comics for many years, provides a model of how to turn comic books into fiction. Four-color and b&w illustrations by Alex Ross. Simultaneous Time Warner audio.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Based on a popular 1996 DC Comics series by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, and now novelized by Maggin, author of two previous Superman novels: a sort of Twilight of the Superheroes, with the expected action painstakingly, and painfully, eked out with psychologizing, religion, and meaningless flourishes. In 21st-century Metropolis, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are dead, Superman has been missing for ten years, and the city streets are cluttered with young troublemaking ``metahumans,'' some with genuine superpowers, led by the superpowered Magog and his sidekick, Alloy (the result when the Metal Men were all melted together). The Spectre, here a sort of guardian angel, appears to the Rev. Norman McCay and takes him whirling through time and space to observe the state of the world; somehow, you see, the Spectre needs Rev. McCay to help avert doomsday. After a big battle, Magog nukes Kansas, so Wonder Woman persuades Superman to come out of retirement and re-form the Justice League of America. Batman, Green Arrow, and various others, however, have their own agenda and refuse to sign up. The bad hats, including Lex Luthor, Vandal Savage (``he was Cro-Magnon, not Homo sapiens,'' which is sad news for the rest of us), Catwoman, and the Riddler, prepare to rule the world once the superheroes blow each other away. . . . Do you really need to know more? A great sizzling turkey, unpalatably stuffed. Still, if it induces even a handful of readers to switch from comics to books with lots of words, it will have done its job. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I would recommend this to anyone who loves these classic characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark A Shepherd on January 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Elliot S! Maggin has always been my one of my favorite writers, both in the comics arena as well as his novels. I am a great fan of his early Superman novels, Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday, so I looked forward to his novelization of Kingdom Come with a lot of excitement. I was not disappointed. The book not only accurately translates the graphic work, it expands and enhances it as well. When you're finished you fully expect to turn on the news and hear about Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. While I'm at it, look for a paperback of Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday. The latter is the best novel of the genre that I have read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jake Phillips on November 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Now by this point, everyone is familiar with the popularity of Kingdom Come, along with writer Mark Waid, artist Alex Ross, and my personal favorite, Pre-Crisis guru Elliot S! Maggin, who wrote the novelization. It is safe to say that on the top ten of comic fans' lists of the best of all time, DC Comics has a surprising number: Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Kingdom Come. The story of the twilight of the gods never stops inspiring new generations of storytellers, and in this case, it is the twilight of the most iconic and recognizable superheroes of all time. I think half of the charm of this story is the fact that, although we all grew up knowing who Superman is, as we get older, he stays the same, until eventually, you end up older than your childhood icon. With Kingdom Come, time is brought to the timeless Superman, and the results are well worth the weight. the only reason I don't give this a five star rating is that for post-crisis DC readers or the more casual reader who isn't a comics geek, you'd need to do a lot of research to understand half of the characters and references in this thing. There are a LOT of Golden and Silver Age characters and mentions in this, and most of the time, they don't spell it out for you. It doesn't detract from the story, but the numerous 'in-jokes' peppered throughout can make the whole thing a fresh experience on repeated readings. Alex Ross is especially fond of amusing cameos (such as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids on the run from Batman's robots!) and, apparently, Bjork. The artwork is phenomenal, the story is classic, and the characters are better realized than any previous interpretation. This story has proved to be an influence on DC and comics ever since (and not just the page; Smallville TV fans should look at Clark Kent's civilian clothes in this thing!) I would recommend this to anyone who loves these classic characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on August 10, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very well done adaptation by Elliot S. Maggin of the amazing comic story, one that got me back into comics, briefly. It expands on the minor events in the comic and does an excellent job of fleshing out the main character, Norman McCay. The only problem I have with it is that it's not accessible to everyone. If you haven't read the comic or aren't familiar with the heroes and villains of the DC Universe, you'll probably miss the historical details that made the original series so much fun. Comic characters were designed to be seen, and I feel that they never translate well into prose. Read it as a supplement to the comic, and you'll be okay.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Preston Hunter on October 26, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I heartily recommend Elliot S. Maggin's novel Kingdom Come. It has been quite some time since I have so thoroughly enjoyed a novel by an author I was not familiar with. Kingdom Come is about DC Comics superheroes: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and many more. But this novel bursts free from the constraints of its subgenre, turns convention on its head, and masterfully and respectfully deconstructs an entire mythos. Kingdom Come may be one of the best superhero novels every written, and there have been well over fifty prose novels published in this subgenre. Moreover, Kingdom Come is excellent science fiction, and is simply a fine novel, period.
If you only read one comic-book based novel ever, make it Maggin's Kingdom Come. If you enjoy good novels and have ever been a comic book reader, you will love this book. Kingdom Come is more than simply an extremely well written, page-turning science fiction adventure. It is a tour de force journey through modern myth, spirituality, ethics, and the whole human condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hawksmoor on April 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
...I'd heard of the skill Maggin's writings before picking this book up, how descriptive he is, how detailed he is, how he manages to accurately and believably characterize even the most inhuman and alien beings well enough to actually make you care for them, to make you see what their p.o.v might be. Well, what I heard of him was dead on. This dude brings superhero drama to life like no one can, minus the pretty pictures. Doing this is even more of a challenge to pull off successfully, because without the pretty pictures, all the creator's got is his or her wits and sharp plotting and characterization skills. Maggin pulls this feat off with apparent ease. This novel is based on a series of brilliant comics which I first read sometime ago. What happens when Superman, Batman, WonderWoman and all of the old crowd gets pissed at new age killer "heroes" and vacates their long held spots as Earth's defenders? What happens when metahumans run rampant across the globe, seething with boredom, now that all crime has been successfully eradicated? What is the natural progression of life when the more honorable of the world's defenders leave Humanity to its own devices? The things, among many others , are a few of the questions answered in this novel. Brilliant, and very realistic. These are bar none the best characterizations of these particular icons that I have ever read. Seriously. Maggin takes the brilliance of Waid's and Ross's script and build magnificently on it, adding more layer and dimensions to the plot and characters than I've think I've ever read. I usually write so much when it comes to reviews on the things I've read, so I'll make this one short. If you love Superman, Batman, WonderWoman & The Justice League...if you like mature superhero stories that might make you think, and I mean think hard, then do yourself a favor and go buy this novel. Trust me...it is WELL worth every dime spent.

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