Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross is a new addition to the graphic novel collection in the reference department of the Marion Library. The premise makes use of dozens of characters ranging from classic heroes of the past like Captain Comet and the Spectre to newly created heirs to more familiar heroes and villains. When society seems to have rejected traditional values in favor of a more reckless disregard for public safety and common decency, Superman and most of his allies retire. Years pass and violent vigilantes like the insane Magog routinely rampage across the global having bloody battles with one another with no real purpose. Finally, two opposing forces decide to restore order to the world. An older Superman returns to reclaim his role as the world’s greatest super hero while an injured but armored Batman considers leading allies of his own to oppose his old friend’s view of social justice. Naturally, while the heroes battle one another, opportunistic villains like Lex Luthor make plans of their own. It is an epic story about the nature of heroism and how larger than life characters deal with emotions like loss, guilt, and forgiveness.