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Kingdom Come Paperback – September 30, 2008
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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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Mark Waid and Alex Ross collaborated on the single greatest Superman comic book ever published. Kingdom Come balances the ideals of justice that superheroes lean upon: truth, morality, ethics, kindness, practicality, power, love, force, violence, and unity. Waid asks the reader where do you weigh morality in a contest of gods. We must ask ourselves what is right when facing power. There are questions posed about morality and ethics in a world with superheroes present. It's a brilliant philosophical debate that forces Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and many more DC Comics characters to choose sides. You'd be hard pressed to find a more thoughtful and mature approach to Superman.
Waid's writing is so clever and unique. He captures the persona and voice for each and every character. They all feel so real. People act as they might in real life. Consequences occur for decisions made as well as intense struggles in combat. Kingdom Come feels like the world ending and starting over. You feel an impending doom and will surely still be surprised. Filled with twists and turns, a complex narrative, fast paced action with enormous stakes, and a wholly unique in comic book history.
Ross' art style is so life-like you will be able to imagine these iconic heroes in the real world. His attention to detail in these drawings and paintings is so meticulous, he manages to recreate every hero in the DC canon. The Justice League has never looked so good. Real emotion and depth is seen in their eyes and faces with Ross' legendary portrayals of these already legendary figures. Bright colors and very cool costume designs make Kingdom Come a landmark in the comic book world. I particularly like Ross' more serious take on Superman himself as a thoughtful grown man that has weathered time wearily.
Overall, Kingdom Come has persisted as the very best Superman comic book ever. This is with good reason. Mark Waid's writing is so mature in his language and intricate in his storytelling. This complex narrative is beautifully plotted to perfection. You are also wondering what is going to happen next. Alex Ross again proves his artistic meddle as one of the greatest illustrators in the comic medium. The combination of Waid and Ross is untouchable in this trade volume. Kingdom Come is completely genius!
But I still feel the ending is a bit of a cop-out. It was set up to go either way and it didn't really go any way. But that hardly matters when compared to the build up of aging self-righteous super heroes and modern super heroes who might not be self-righteous enough. It's a great look at the possible future of the DC universe.
It's just the end I took issue with.
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Incredible book by Mark Waid, and just incredible artwork by Alex Ross.Read more