- Don't you understand? If any of us are to survive...Any of us...now more than ever...WE NEED HOPE!
- -- Norman McCay
Appearing in "Strange Visitor"
- 666 (First appearance)
- Justice Batallion
- Mr. Terrific
- Parasite (Dies)
- Stars & Stripes
- Batman (Behind the scenes)
- Beatriz da Costa
- Blue Beetle (Cameo)
- The Flash (Cameo)
- Green Lantern (Cameo)
- Hawkman (Cameo)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Cameo)
- Bouncing Boy (Cameo)
- Brainiac 5 (Cameo)
- Chameleon Boy (Cameo)
- Colossal Boy (Cameo)
- Cosmic Boy (Cameo)
- Dream Girl (Cameo)
- Ferro Lad (Cameo)
- Invisible Kid (Cameo)
- Lightning Lad (Cameo)
- Lightning Lass (Cameo)
- Matter-Eater Lad (Cameo)
- Mon-El (Cameo)
- Phantom Girl (Cameo)
- Saturn Girl (Cameo)
- Shadow Lass (Cameo)
- Supergirl (Cameo)
- Timber Wolf (Cameo)
- Triplicate Girl (Cameo)
- Ultra Boy (Cameo)
- Michael Carter (Behind the scenes)
- Question (Cameo)
- Gotham City street thugs
- "Fat Albert"
- "Dumb Donald"
- "Weird Harold"
- Fortress of Solitude
- Gotham City
- Keystone City
Synopsis for "Strange Visitor"
- There were voices, thundering, lightning and an earthquake...and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood. There fell a great star from heaven, burning as if it were a lamp...and I beheld, and heard an Angel, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, WOE to the inhabiters of the earth.
The story begins with Wesley Dodds speaking with his pastor, Norman McCay, as he is reading from the book of Revelation in the Bible. Dodds has begun seeing visions related to that book and is trying to tell Norman about them. However, he dies before he can explain them.
While walking sometime after the funeral, Norman reflects on Dodds' life. Doods had once been the Sandman. During his later life, Dodds had been worried about the world's current superheroes, who lack the morals of their predecessors. As Norman reflects on this, a fight between some of the modern heroes fight and Norman hopes that mankind can out last these heroes.
These thoughts leaked into Norman's next sermon subconsciously. After the sermon, Spectre appear to Norman. Spectre was supposed to use Dodds for his host as he witnessed the events of the coming Armageddon, but has to use Norman because he is now having the visions.
They are first transported to a farm in Kansas (which turns out to be a holographic environment created in the Fortress of Solitude) where an aged Superman lives. Wonder Woman comes and tries to convince Superman that he needs to come out of retirement to help the world. Inside the house, they watch footage of a battle between a team of new heroes lead by Magog battling Parasite. Parasite pulled apart Captain Atom, causing a nuclear explosion that completely destroyed Kansas.
The Spectre than shows Norman that some of the old heroes still remain. The Flash still patrols Keystone City, Hawkman protects the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and the Green Lantern watches Earth from an emerald city in orbit. Others, such as Aquaman, the Amazons, and the Legion of Super-Heroes abandoned the world to its fate. When asked about Batman, the Spectre shows that he's now using robots to patrol Gotham City.
The Spectre takes them to Metropolis, where they see some of the modern heroes having a shoot out on a suspension bridge and a tram full of innocents. The tram's cable was cut, but Superman was able to save it in time. Everyone was thrilled to see Superman save the day once more, but Norman was able to see this was just the beginning of the Armageddon.
- This issue is reprinted in Millennium Edition: Kingdom Come #1 and the Kingdom Come trade paperback, hardcover edition and Absolute slipcase edition.
- The Japanese graffiti that Norman walks by is the kanji title of the anime series Tenchi Muyō!.
- The Batman costume from the 1960s Batman TV series can be seen hanging in a display case in the Planet Krypton.
- Images of Sugar and Spike appear on the video displays at the Planet Krypton.
- An analog of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids make their appearance in this story as a street gang being pursued and captured by the Batknights.
- In the window of the shop you can see a book titled Under The Hood by Hollis Mason from the Watchmen on display.
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Links and References
- Kingdom Come article at Wikipedia
- Kingdom Come article at the Alex Ross Collector
- Kingdom Come series index at Comicbookdb.com
- Kingdom Come series index at the Grand Comics Database