It did and watch as the arth is nearly ripped apart in the battle between super humansIt s an awesome book It touches on several very powerful themes the least of which is the role of the super human in a human world When you have guys like Superman who can bend steel around his finger what does that do to THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF AN OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTER HOW MUST THE achievements of an Olympic weightlifter How must the of the fastest vehicles on Earth feel when they re outpaced by The Flash These people can and have re order the universe itself so how are we supposed to live knowing that ven at our best we can never come close to matching these living godsOf course there is the major theme the generation gap The older heroes have left the stage going into retirement or seclusion because the world has changed
around them Their kids and their successors have become adults and them Their kids and their successors have become adults and have chosen a different moral path than the heroes that we know and love Human life is no longer sacred and higher ideals have been thrown aside With a definite focus on Superman the book looks at how one can deal with this you can ither hide from it or try to force it to revert to the way you remember Neither option is good and so a third option must be foundThen of course there is the idea of friendship Superman Batman and Wonder Woman are the iconic #trio of the DC Comics universe and despite their differences they are ostensibly friends While the vents of Identity Crisis a # of the DC Comics universe and despite their differences they are ostensibly friends While the vents of Identity Crisis a of years ago nearly cracked that friendship apart this work tried breaking them up long before They ach react differently to the new world in which they live and those differences are almost insurmountableIf you re a fan at all of comic books read this And read the original graphic novel because Alex Ross work is indescribably beautiful Then find the audio book and listen to thatNo pressure 1 Why is Green Lantern s custom design looks so much like Parallax s Did the artists run out of custom design or something LOL2 Well It s mentioned that the daughter of Red Arrow and the mercenary Cheshire has become Red HoodMore to come I bought this book on a whim from the local library sale I have read the graphic novels several times so I thought I might read this to see how the novelization turned out Overall it turned out better than I xpected There were some slow spots but for the most part it followed the comic books rather well Obviously it goes into a different level of depth and detail on the one hand than the comics mainly due to the comic panels being loaded with Easter ggs and nods to the fans The book has to xplain things using words instead of pictures no way right so it will give some of the background information to ach scene so that the reader can get an image in their mind s ye The comic book format is awesome filled with beautiful artwork I would definitely say to read the comic format first Then the novelizationThe book is set in the near future actually the turn of this century in which the metahuman population has run wild Both in size and in behavior The heroes of old have The Deepest Sin either gone into retirement or disappeared completely from public life The next generation of heroes their heirs to the throne never learned any of the life lessons their forerunners and parents may have tried to teach them Metahumans battleach other just for the sake of fighting life is now considered cheap specially the lives of normal people Laws that apply to normal people do not apply to the metahumans Superman has been missing for ten years having gone into isolation view spoiler feeling betrayed and rejected after Lois Lane was killed and the killer of his wife s killer was set free by a jury hide spoiler This is such a confusing bookreview for me Everything is here that should make me really like or love this book great reviews and high rating creative writing bleakness a focus on Superman and he s in his full power interesting storyline so what was the. E world But when the Man of Steel returns from self imposed xile his very presence could be the catalyst that pushes us all into Armageddon Seen through the yes of Norman McCay an aging minister who mbarks on a disturbing odyssey of revelation with an angel known as the Spectre I love verything about the kingdome come storyline I
have to #A Slight Edge To #slight dge to graphic novel due to Alex Ross artwork but this novelization adds details that the graphic novel had to leave out Read both Adapted by Elliot S Maggin the Kingdom Come novelization strikes me as less a novel unto itself and of a bonus feature for those who njoyed the comic series nough to read almost 400 pages of story retread from a slightly different point of view I m afraid that this Kingdom Come novel is not the best showcase for any writer s talents The story is so locked in that there is very little room for Maggin to stretch his wings and do anything new or creative You could argue that this type of book is not the venue for such creativity and I d be hard pressed to argue with you To me it seemed like instead of mbracing that fact Maggin went in and gave us really unnecessary details around the dges of the book as a substitute For xample an xtended seuence where the narrator of the story pastor Norman McCay tells us his family has a history of premonit I ve not read the comic but I know it by reputation I ve started it once digitally decided a tablet was not really the proper way to Le valeureux guerrier enjoy Alex Ross beautiful art and Mark Waid s wordy script In the meantime before I get my hands on a physical copy of the comic I ve given the novelization a goFrom what I gather Elliot S Maggin retained the story closely but it just doesn t work in novel mediumYou the reader are following the protagonist as he goes from scene to scene literally inxtra corporeal form and watches the superheroes or metahumans as they re called here The protagonist is very passive being Snowflakes on the Sea essentially a ghost and a wholly human ghost at that He s here only to witness thevents not much lseThe three main super characters are Superman Wonder Woman and Batman And there s loads of others Kingdom Come contains so much namedropping that for the DC uninitiated will mean absolutely nothing Many of them appear and disappear in the span of a paragraph On the other hand you don t really get time Alone With The Main with the main heroes to be able to truly like them The human ghost character is probably the most developed but ven he is rather boring because his role is passiveThere problems of this novel are not really the writer s fault I don t think The story obviously works in comic form but it doesn t translate well to plain novel You re not missing much if you skip this one This novel is of course based off the outstanding graphic novel done by Mark Waid and Alex Ross and is its ual in very way While it may not have the visuals that the comic provided it adds a depth of detail to the story that the comic simply couldn t reach For my money they re both outstanding And if you can find a copy of the full cast audio book do itSo after that gushing praise what is it all aboutIt s about the darkest days of the super heroes The End Times The unpleasant future of the DC UniverseIn this not so distant future the metahumans rule the world Not officially of course we still have the United Nations and the President and all that but for all intents and purposes the super heroes are the masters of the planet They battle and rumble with abandon concerned not with truth justice and the American way but with who s the toughest guy on the block Some of them are new many of them are the children and grandchildren of the heroes and villains of todayThey are powerful they are beautiful they are perfect Now law can touch them and no authority can confine them and the once prized concept of human achievement has nearly vanishedFrom all of this does Armageddon come Norman McCay a pastor at a church in Metropolis and a man who s faith has all but gone is chosen by The Spectre a spirit of vengeance answerable only to God to guide him through the vents to come These two witnesses tell our story of how the world became the way. This is a novelization of the graphic novel Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross It is the arly years of the Twenty First Century Without the guidance and values long championed by the old guard Superman Batman and Wonder Woman a younger generation of super heroes is ravaging th. ,would have to
Issue It was hard to stay focused asy to put down and I was happy to have it finished It s a future story of the happy to have it finished It s a future story of the days ahead of the DC Universe which should have been difficult for me to relinuishThe story is told through the narration of Norman McCay a small time but wise pastor but I thin Who would have thought that the mysteries held in the apocryphal Revelation of John would foretell the ultimate clash between super heroes and super villains Well these authors would of course Characters from the DC litany of graphic adventures so numerous that the reader would profit from a copy of Who s Who in Detective Comics take sides under the mystified gaze of Norman McKay an aging minister who is called upon the revisit John s vision as the millennial vents roll forthAlthough the initial narrative feels some what aloof the readers is gradually drawn into the dramatic tension between not only good and vil but varying versions of good #The resulting conclusi I ve read this several times now and # resulting conclusi I ve read this several times now and are a number of things that make it greatThe first is simply the premise it seriously takes up the uestion if superheroes with godlike powers really did live on our world what
might the conseuences be for them for normal human beings and for the planetThe tragedies and disasters it makes notethe conseuences be for them for normal human beings and for the planetThe tragedies and disasters it makes note are well thought out and the cast of characters make sense as a continuation of the hopes dreams and fears of the Batman Superman Wonder Woman and others that we know from other storiesThe art is appropriately frenetic it puts us in the perspective of someone trying to make sense of the frenzy of battles and the changing cast of heroes and villains The realistic look pulls away from the golden age comic myth of heroes that only add gentle healing touches by removing villains through redemptiveregenerative violence and grounds us in the uestion What IF they were real thoughThe religious layer of apocalyptic revelation isn t terribly deep but I d say it s used appropriately what is a human response to the terrible scope of possibility we ve begun to see merge from than human figures whether they be the fascist politicians of the The Fix early 1900s not that the 20th century had a monopoly on that philosophy or the scientists whose curiosity and insight allows them to build weapons that can kill millions in a population in an instant or the nihilists and anarchists who reject any premise of constructive human community because they ve seen too many cracks in the way our human communities are constructed and therefore do violence on whatever scale they can reachThese are topics that we confrontveryday of course and this comic is a serious ngagement of them doing what fantasy does at its deepest holding up a magnifying mirror to our own nature so we can wrestle through the ways our choices play out on ourselves and one anotherWithout going into the details the denouement and pilogue have a warmth to them ven as the state of affairs is left uneasy a reminder to us that our victories are always achieved in part when we commit to an ongoing process of construction and care All in all a fine book Kingdom Come how do I love thee let me count the ways1 I bought the original graphic novels as they cane out such brilliant Alex Ross artwork such a nice setting for the future of DC s mightiest heroes2 I bought the hardcover what a lovely book to add to my shelves worthy of a display in my living room but the nephews and nieces better not touch 3 I bought the Absolute version OK now I m just going overboardThis is not the first book I ve ver bought multiple versions of I can think of many others off the bat Watchmen Sandman From Hell Swamp Thing Bone MiracleMan Batman Ronin V for Vendetta Conan Marvels and those are just the ones I can remember for nowAnd ashamedly I must admit should they Desire in Seven Voices ever publish a newdition that surpases the ones I already own I would no doubt buy that one as well. O guide him Kingdom Come is the story of what defines a hero in a world spinning inexorably out of controlof the heroes who adapted to that changing world and those who couldn'tof personal battles fought with inner demons and the final war that would determine the fate of our planet.