Absolute Kingdom Come

September 13, 2006 | Trades


Absolute Kingdom Come
Mark Waid, Alex Ross
DC Comics
$100/$75 US (Hardcover)
**** 1/2 (out of five)

To kill or not to kill?
That was the question on the minds of many a comic book creator in the mid-1990s, the height of the “grim ‘n’ gritty” era, where characters like The Punisher, Wolverine and Lobo were gleefully gunning down or carving up their enemies.
But some creators, notably writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross, questioned where the über-violent path led, and with a wistful eye to the Golden Age of comics wondered what characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other DC Comics stalwarts would do in the face of this escalating, and often callous, brutality.
The result is Kingdom Come, one of the most influential and impressive miniseries of that decade — a perfect pairing of Waid’s shameless love for all things DC and Ross’ breathtaking true-to-life comic book paintings.
The series follows doubting Pastor Norman McCay as he is taken on an Ebenezer Scrooge-esque journey to bear witness to the inevitable conflict that is coming between the older heroes and the new.
On the 10th anniversary of the series’ release, DC gives readers an Absolute treat with a glorious over-sized edition packed to the brim with over 100 pages of sketches, drafts, notes and more to get inside this epic tale and its creation.

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