"Elseworlds" Kingdom Come

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    When Superman goes into retirement after the rise of numerous vigilante "heroes", who will defend the world against the coming destruction? Illustrated by Alex Ross

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    Sometime in the not-so-distant future, Superheroes have lost sight of their true goal, their true calling. Most of the Super Villains are dead or taken care of, and the Heroes now battle each other over turf, bragging rights or whatever. Most of the Metahumans are descendants of former heroes, such as Nightstar, daughter of Dick Grayson (Nightwing) and Starfire’s daughter and Lightning, daughter of Black Lightning. The Heroes of the previous generation are mostly retired, following the lead of their greatest champion, Superman.

    A battle finally ensues between the two generations. All the while, we watch through the eyes of an elderly pastor, Norman McKay. Norman was chosen by the Spectre to choose the fate of the guilty during Armageddon. Norman was chosen because of his relationship with the now deceased Wesley Dodds, the Sandman. McKay was the pastor in the hospital room when the Sandman died, and the Sandman passed his visions to McKay.

    Superman’s Retirement

    Superman, the greatest hero of Earth’s History, had been defending his adoptive planet for many years. He had grown to love and protect humanity. He had fallen in love with Lois Lane and married her. Superman manages to protect Earth daily. Until the day Joker came to town. The Joker killed 93 people at the Daily Planet, including Lois Lane. The slowly aging Superman searched everywhere for the Joker but the Joker was apprehended by the authorities. While in their custody, the Joker was killed in cold-blood by an up and comer Superhero named Magog. Infuriated, Superman took Magog to jail. Magog stood trial for the murder of the Joker but was acquitted. When this happened, Superman decides humanity and time had tossed him away, and retires.


    After Superman’s retirement, many of his contemporaries followed his lead. This allowed the new generation of win at all costs Superheroes to take the lead in “crime fighting” and “world saving”. In fact, while Magog’s team of Superheroes were chasing down a “villain”, an accident occurs in which all of Kansas is destroyed. This is the queue for Superman’s return after ten long years. Superman reforms the Justice League with Wonder Woman, Red Robin (Dick Grayson), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Red Arrow, Hawkman and others. This sets the stage for a “New School” versus “Old School” battle.

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    Kingdom Come

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    On rare occasions, a graphic novel gains the critical and popular acclaim needed to become both a genre legend and a mainstream phenomenon. Kingdom Come, DC Comics' multiple award-winning bestseller, is such a classic. Now the epic story by celebrated writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross has been transformed into a thrilling new novel, combining passion and fantasy as generations of heroes battle in a war of visions and bblical apocalypse.
    Includes four original black and white drawings by Alex Ross.
    • Written By: Elliot S. Maggin
    • Publisher: Warner Books, Aspect (September, 1999)
    • ISBN-10: 0553285688
    • ISBN-13: 978-0446606691

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