6) KINGDOM COME

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While I stand by my assertion that this story has not aged particularly well and (like ‘The Dark Knight Returns’) should never have been treated as in-continuity at all, there’s a lot to be said for ‘Kingdom Come.’  Though it’s undermined a bit by Alex Ross playing a four-issue long game of “Hey, It’s THAT guy!” and more than a little bit muddled in the moral of the story, it looks amazing, makes some interesting points, and does some really good work with Superman.  It also features King Marvel, the Elvis-inspired grown-up form of Captain Marvel, Jr., and cameo appearances of The Monkeemen, well worth the cost of admission.

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