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DOWNLOAD é Kingdom Come Æ st Ed Aspect TWIt is the early 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 the world But when the Man of Steel returns from self imposed exile, his very presence could be the catalyst that pushes us all into Armageddon Seen through the eyes of Norman McCay, an aging minister who embarks on a disturbing odyssey of revelation with an angel known as the Spectre to 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 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 heroes.2 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 overboard This is not the first book I ve ever bought multiple versions of, I 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 heroes.2 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 overboard This is not the first book I ve ever 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 now And, ashamedly I must admit, should they ever publish a new edition that surpases the ones I already own, I would no doubt buy that one as well This is such a confusing book review 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 issue It was hard to stay focused, easy to put down, and I was happy to have it finished It s a future story of the dark days ahead of the DC Universe, which should have been difficult for me to relinquish.The story is told through th This is such a confusing book review 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 issue It was hard to stay focused, easy to put down, and I was happy to have it finished It s a future story of the dark days ahead of the DC Universe, which should have been difficult for me to relinquish.The story is told through the narration of Norman McCay, a small time but wise pastor, but I think an issue was the lag before getting to the meat and heart of the story, taking too long to propel my interest At first I was willing to ride in his head, but eventually I was eager for something to start happening He s a likeable character, but the prophetic speaking grew tiresome Religion plays in this book a lot it s a blend of the Revelation as told by John and the Superheroes and world at stake The main base is the three largest characters Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman what they have been doing during a 10 year hiatus, and how their differing views clash when they must come together again to save the world from an appending destruction Superman has one of thetragic tales, after losing those closest to him through death, he turns his back on the city he vowed to protect after they refused to listen to him Coming back is awkward, as he s trying to fit his consistent views in a world that s moved on its own without him, even if the world doing that is not possible and leaving was the worst thing he could have done Wonder Woman and her people consider her a failure and she is struggling to make the right decisions based on past errors And finally Batman has grownjaded and cynical, still wanting the best but having less faith in the old system of the Justice League being the way to do it.I think it was around page 70 or so before we finally glimpse Superman and the mains in their present day while it was a full strength scene, by this point I was a little bored When Superman is shown, it s glorious, although he has long donned the Clark Kent persona Even Kryptonite can barely touch him at this point yes, yay to that Batman is intriguing in his future state, physically broken down but he s overcome that through intellect, in his power and in control of Gotham, something which surprises no fan The mere scene with Arthur in Atlantis was especially interesting I m not a fan of Wonder Woman, although she s here a lot, and her scenes were well done I like future stories that are realistic with the heroes and found that part fascinating Of course there is a taint of sadness shadowing this Maggin s writes well, poetically, but sometimes too dry and distant for this telling The battle was climactic, the build up interesting, the moral lessons of the story potent how long will the world survive without the Justice League, and how much damage can it accidentally cause with its existence Between the pauses through Norman s point of view, which give a distant emotion, a lot of hopping around to almost every character imaginable, some tiredness with the lagging between story lines, it just failed to hold my interest enough to get a higher rating, despite being a powerful and well done story As I figured, the last quarter was the best part of the book.There were some surprisingly twisted, tragic ends to beloved characters You can t write a bleak future without bleakness, though, and that carried strong impact There s a relationship that changes to a closer level between two mains, too, which I m rather meh about but know some fans root for Despite it making some sense, it s not a pairing I like at all.I haven t read the graphic novel version of this that is also highly rated I may bond with that one This novel is, of course, based off the outstanding graphic novel done by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, and is its equal in every 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 it.So, after that gushing praise, what is it all about It s about the darkest days of the super heroes The End Times The unpleasant f This novel is, of course, based off the outstanding graphic novel done by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, and is its equal in every 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 it.So, after that gushing praise, what is it all about It s about the darkest days of the super heroes The End Times The unpleasant future of the DC Universe.In 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 today.They 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 vanished.From 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 events to come These two witnesses tell our story of how the world became the way it did, and watch as the earth is nearly ripped apart in the battle between super humans.It 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 drivers 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 even at our best, we can never come close to matching these living gods Of 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 they 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 either 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 found.Then 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 events of Identity Crisis a couple of years ago nearly cracked that friendship apart, this work tried breaking them up long before They each react differently to the new world in which they live, and those differences are almost insurmountable.If 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 that.No pressure I love everything about the kingdome come storyline I would have to give a slight edge to the graphic novel due to Alex Ross artwork, but this novelization adds details that the graphic novel had to leave out Read both.