Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Books read in 2016: No. 24 -- Kingdom Come

by Mark Waid and Alex Ross

Started: June 13
Finished: June 14

Notes: Like many a graphic novel, this one was originally a limited-run series back in the mid-90s. The old school DC heroes have been sort of retired for a while, but a new crop of super beings have cropped up to take their place. These new folks aren't so nice, though most of them are not out-and-out villains. Still, these newer "heroes" often walk a fine line between good and bad, and eventually the older heroes decide they need to step in to set things right. Only chaos can ensue. One of the better comics stories ever written, in my opinion, and the artwork of Alex Ross is always some of the best around. I've read Kingdom Come a few times over the years, but it has been a while and I thought it was time again.

Mini review: Glad I got back to this one. I've always felt a little iffy about the ending, but to be fair, I'm not sure what other ending could have been used which would have made the story better. Superman fans should definitely check this one out as it's about as definitive a portrayal as one can get, though Supes is a bit old here. Wonder Woman really shines as a character, as does Batman, though in his old age he's quite a bit different from the Batman most of us are used to. Other familiar heroes abound, and plenty of newer names and faces.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Gonna have to get this one.