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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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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.
I won't give away the plot, but a new group of crime "fighters" are introduced and the ensuing story is great. This has become one of my favorite graphics novels of all-time. Oh, and of course, the art by Alex Ross is breathtaking.
If you're a DC fan, do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won't regret it.
The plot careens forward, toward an inevitable, tragic climax the reader wishes to avoid, but cannot wait to see unfold. Epic battles, unlikely alliances, and a dramatic conclusion are framed beautifully by Ross's watercolor-like scenes and expressive portraits. The author manages to balance the might of the heroes' superpowers with the insecurities and weakness of uncertainty. Faced with no-win scenarios, what is the "right" choice? Where does said choice lead? Can morality remain unstained when the greater good is at stake? These are the kind of questions this story forces on the reader and the priest, whose role is not merely of an observer, and will be challenged towards the end.
This graphic novel is not for the fast reader. It begs for a slow savoring of the individual panels, and reflection at the end of each chapter. It's a must - read for the life - long DC fan, but a little difficult for the casual reader. Familiarity with all the characters (especially many that seldom have made a cover) and stories of the Justice League series will greatly help grasp all the references and subplots. Having some wiki handy is also a plus.
I had high expectations from the, name alone, and the cover evoked a sense of wonder, an enticement to what lay inside for one to discover, and soon..... I found myself with an irresistible urge to find out. Ultimately this became one of the few books I am proud to have the privilege to own. This is something I feel a need to spread among others; advice perhaps to experience this in any way shape or form. Kingdom Come is something that must never be forgotten.