Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kingdom Come - Mark Waid, Alex Ross, Todd Klein

I've tried to read a graphic novel a month, but have fallen behind. They are actually kind of hard to read, because there is so much on the page visually, but you have to use your imagination a little bit more since there aren't many words. It took me a while to get used to that!

This graphic novel was actually easy to read. The story is compelling, and moves quickly. This book is based in the Justice League universe. That is helpful for me, because the last graphic novel I read (Justice) required a lot of research on my part to get to know all of the characters.

This novel takes place after Justice, when the superheroes we all know (Superman, Wonder Woman) are no longer active, but their kids (mostly nameless) have taken over. Unfortunately, they see the world as their playground, and it is not for the better. Regular humans are thinking of taking Earth back for their own, with possibly disastrous consequences.

The story is told through the perspective of a pastor and an angel, who are invisible to the world (think Scrooge!). They are seeing events unfolding around them, as the world progresses to eventual war. Superman comes out of retirement to help, with unintended consequences.

The story is fairly straightforward, mostly takes place in one time frame, and reuses most of the familiar Justice League characters. All of these things make for a quick, easy, and satisfying read. This is probably the most enjoyable graphic novel I've read yet.

I think the next graphic novel I'm going to read is American Splendor by Harvey Pekar. Right now, I'm reading Chasing Filthy Lucre by Jarrett Rush. It's a mixture of crime/sci-fi that is pretty interesting.

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