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This was a great graphic novel. I finished it today in one sitting. The art is pretty stunning, and the story is really good too. This book was leaps and bounds beyond The Dark Knight Returns. Controversial opinion. Discuss.
I read this years ago and still hold onto it as a classic in my collection. I was dissapointed that the only nod the DCAU ever gave to this graphic novel was one fight between Superman and Captain Marvel in Just League Unlimited that, while cool to watch, wasn't as intense or meanigful besides one super strong guy being stubborn and another one being optimistic.
I agree with the "better than TDK Returns" approach. I mean, both are awesome examples of narrative, but Kingdom Comes thematic content is just so much larger in scope in terms of the whole "what do you do when the people you love and protect turn on you?" When you stand up for good, but those you protect are capable of such a degree of evil, what's the next step?
Plus, it's got one of the biggest "Oh SHIT." moments in comics. When (I'm assuming people who're reading this have read KC, if not, read no further, here there be spoilers) the smoke from the nuke clears and once Superman does his big NOOOOOOOO!!! Just the one shot of him looking up with tears of rage in his eyes, which are bloodred, just chilled my shit when I first saw it.
That's a tough call, sir. But Kingdom Come deals with broader issues than the Dark Knight Returns IMO. It would probably be better to compare Marvels and Kingdom Come, but hey, it's your world and I'm just living in it.
And yes, I admit I have no answer for this at the moment. Will need to dig out both these out and go through them again before I can try to formulate an informed response.