Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Greatest Graphic Novel Of All Time

Kingdom Come is a four-issue comic book mini-series published in 1996 by DC Comics under their Elseworlds imprint. It was written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross and painted in gouache by Ross, who also developed the concept from an original idea. This Elseworlds story is a deconstructionist tale set in a future that deals with a growing conflict between the visibly out-of-touch "traditional" superheroes, and a growing population of largely amoral and dangerously irresponsible new vigilantes, in many cases the offspring of the traditional heroes. Between these two groups is Batman and his assembled team, who attempt to contain the escalating disaster, foil the machinations of Lex Luthor, and prevent a world-ending superhuman war.

As you can see the artwork is gorgeous. Each page is pull of color and detail and the photorealism that Alex Ross is famous for. This is as good as comic book art gets. The action figures were terrific also and based on Ross' amazing interpretations of characters old and young. I need more of these for my collection. These are the figures I mean when I talk about adding some good depth to my collection.
Deadman is probably my favorite figure from the line.

This armored Wonder Woman is fantastic.


j-swin said...

Seriously, why haven't they made an animated movie of this one yet?

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I think you have to do something special with the animation to match what Alex Ross put on the page. You forget how groundbreaking it was and now beautiful. Anything less than that seems like a rip off. It's got to be done just right. Live action is the best way to go but then I think of all the ways that could go wrong. But they filmed WATCHMEN so they can do KINGDOM COME.

Timothy Brannan said...

I agree. This is the best and where is the damn movie! Micheal Keaton is perfect now for old Bruce.