Mental Health Break With Superman

In addition to Kingsblood Royal, I just started reading 1996’s Kingdom Come, a 4-issue DC comic by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

Boy, is it gorgeous.

Wikipedia’s description of the plot:

The story is set roughly a generation after the then-current DC universe. Ten years prior to the start of the story, the Joker massacres the staff of the Daily Planet, killing (among others) Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Lois Lane. As he arrives for his trial, he is killed by a new superhero named Magog. In an instance of jury nullification, Magog is acquitted for his cold-blooded act, and Superman is appalled by the public embracing a killer as a hero. Already disheartened at the death of Lois Lane, Kal-El abandons his life as Superman, retreating to his Fortress of Solitude where he will spend the next decade, failing to realize his importance as a constant inspiration/role model to other heroes. Other heroes, equally disturbed at the public’s overwhelmingly positive reaction to Magog’s actions, withdraw from the world at large.

Without the moral compass provided by Superman and his generation, there is little or no distinction between “heroes” and “villains”. Metahumans battle openly in the streets without true cause and with no concern for collateral damage or innocent passersby.

Of course Superman comes back, and things get hot. In addition to the art, painted in watercolor by Alex Ross, it’s a fun, inspiring read, and a welcome break from policy and government shutdowns.

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2 responses to “Mental Health Break With Superman

  1. It’s one of the best comics ever. At the time, it was also an indictment of how violent heroes had gotten in the 90’s. Everyone had shiny metal suits and guns.

  2. Drew

    It was brilliant. And, sadly, brilliant during a time when too few people took graphic novels seriously.

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