“Thy Kingdom Come: What a Wonderful World”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist(s): Dale Eaglesham, Ruy Jose, Alex Ross
Publisher: DC Comics
There are Supemen everywhere in the DC universe. There’s the regular Superman, Superman-Prime, the deceased Superman-2, Cyborg Superman, a new, mysterious and evil Superman and of course, Kingdom Come Superman. I personally have no problem with the regular Superman being the only Superman but that is obviously not the case. For some reason that will surely play into “Final Crisis”, the Superman from Kingdom Come has made his way to New Earth and has made his way to the Justice Society. While I am still of the persuasion that Kingdom Come is a story that should be left alone, the way that Johns, and ultimately Alex Ross, are handling this story has been pretty well done. I really don’t like multiple Supermen in one universe, but for the purposes of what’s happening in the grander DC scope, it works here.
Based on the “Villains Countdown” ad that runs through all of DC’s books, I have no doubt that this whole ordeal with Kingdom Come (KC) Superman will play into “Final Crisis” in some manner. With that in mind, this issue plays out rather slowly. It consists mostly of KC Superman sitting in the JSA meeting room while the Society tries to figure out what to do next while coming to grips with the fact that he looks exactly like Superman-2. There are two things that I can’t help but wonder about how the whole multiverse thing is working. Starman revealed that he was from a different Earth, a parallel universe, a place that in his words “was blown to Kingdom Come.” He has a nice interaction with KC Superman here that is followed up with Stargirl and Power Girl talking about the sole survivors of the multiverse. They all still seem to believe that Power Girl and Superman-Prime are the only two. So I assume I am wrong in thinking that Starman did reveal he was from a different universe. Either way, this brings up the next question about DC’s revival of the multiverse. When are the heroes going to figure out the multiverse still exists? As it stands now, Kyle Rayner, Jason Todd, Ray Palmer, Donna Troy, Booster Gold and Rip Hunter are the only ones who know the multiverse still exists. I feel as though a revelation of this magnitude to the big heroes of DC would take up its own mini-series.
Johns does a decent job explaining the Kingdom Come world and showing some of the things that occurred in that universe, such as Magog. However, after the JSA lock KC Superman in the room as a precaution, there is an absolutely fantastic scene as Obsidian makes his first appearance in this series. It’s a fantastic entrance and a revealing conversation that follows that is really well written. Interestingly, KC Superman believes in the purity of New Earth and trying to make the universe a better place. Also curious is the innuendo that KC Superman makes the “The Lightning Saga”. Perhaps Wally West was indeed not the only one who came to New Earth.
The only real action of this issue comes when KC Superman reveals himself to the world by stopping a girl from jumping off a building. It’s sort of obligatory but it works in these pages. There’s also some more on the mysterious villain featured in this arc. A strange scene between Terrific and Mid-Nite that raises a few eyebrows, and another attack on a lowly super-villain are some of the developments to this storyline.
Dale Eaglesham’s artwork is, as always, fantastic. It’s very strange to see his work intertwined with Alex Ross’s splash pages of the Kingdom Come universe, but looks very good for the most part. Two questions do come up at the end of this issue, where does Jay want to go with the cosmic treadmill and where did Batman get another kryptonite ring? Last I knew the ring that Batman had was destroyed, but as I think about it again now, it is Batman we are talking about, I’m sure he’s got an arsenal of kryptonite rings.
Overall this is a solid issue of Justice Society of America. There definitely a grander scheme at work and this is only the early stages of said scheme. The KC Superman angle is working thus far and next issue’s confrontation with the Justice League should prove rather interesting. While there’s some development here, it moves rather slowly but methodically as we are officially counting down to “Final Crisis”.
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