Fiction Reviews

Kingdom Come

(1997) Mark Waid & Alex Ross, Titan, £9.99, tpbk, pp230, ISBN 1-85286-816-3

Youíd think by now that people would be fed up of thinking about superheroes and their implications, but no, hereís another piece of pretentious nonsense, dressed up as serious speculation on facing up to our responsibilities as almost-super humans.

Itís a shame really: Kingdom Come is beautifully illustrated, and thereís a certain post-modern frisson in seeing so many familiar heroes deployed in (slightly) unfamiliar roles - the retired Superman, the heroic/fascist Batman, but in the end these effects are only surface deep - thereís nothing in this story that hasnít been said before, and better, by Watchmen or New Statesmen.

Matt Freestone

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