Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Justice Society of America Kingdom Come Special: Superman #1 Review

Written by Alex Ross
Art and Cover by Alex Ross

If you've read Kingdom Come before, this issue will more than likely read fairly boring to you. It's just a rehash of many of those scenes with a couple of modern / New Earth scenes to break up the flashbacks. Add in the fact this is all pencilled work, compared to the painted work of Kingdom Come, and you have a book that serves no real purpose other than to clue new readers into Kingdom Come Superman's state of mind and show them what kind of world he came from.

In fact, if Countdown was still going on, this could double as an Earth-22 Countdown Presents issue and no one would be the wiser.

In all honesty, I was so unimpressed by this issue, I don't even have the energy to really describe it to you. KC Superman talks about his world, decides to go see our Earth's Norman McCay, who was the narrator of Kingdom Come, and receives some moral advice that all evokes images of Kingdom Come, which are taken almost verbatum from the source material. There's some expanded details on how Lois Lane from Earth-22 died, but it's not anything we didn't know about already and still uses many of the KC images of the Joker at the Daily Planet and so on.

Verdict - Avoid It. Unless you absolutely love Alex Ross' artwork or need every Kingdom Come appearance possible, there's absolutely nothing here worth reading and there's nothing that furthers the current Gog storyline either. I asked why DC didn't hype this book more than it did in my previews this week and now I know why they didn't.

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