Episode 255: Kingdom Come Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-fifth episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Mike and Jeff interrupt their normal coverage for a special three-part series covering one of the most important Superman stories of the nineties.

This time out Mike and Jeff begin their coverage of Kingdom Come, which was originally published from May to August in 1996 as a four issue prestige format mini-series and now lives as an evergreen collected edition.  This story was watershed moment for DC Comics, not just in terms of its influence on later stories but also as line in the sand for where DC was going to take its super-hero universe for the rest of the nineties.  This wasn’t the intent of the story, but it did line up with a larger initiative to focus on the characters of the universe instead of falling back on the tropes that were popular in the early nineteen-nineties.

During this installment, the boys discuss the first two issues of Kingdom Come, which were titled Strange Visitor and Truth and Justice, respectively.  It’s twenty years in the future and the super-powered beings run amok, not caring about the collateral damage their rumbles cause.  After a tragedy in Kansas, The Spectre approaches Pastor Normal McCay and recruits him to be the guide through the current DC Universe and to help in judgment of a tragedy to come.  Norman and The Spectre bear witness to Superman coming out of retirement and reforming the Justice League.  But is Superman making the right decisions?  What about the Batman and his forces?  And what about Lex Luthor and his Mankind Liberation Front?  All three factions work to save the world, which could lead to Armageddon. Mike and Jeff discuss these issues in depth as well as giving a brief history of how Kingdom Come came about.

Below are the covers and select pages from the two main books Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian Desar.

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Next Time: Mike and Jeff continue their coverage of Kingdom Come by talking about issues 3 and 4.


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