- Time has little meaning where we walk, Norman McCay. We move freely from moment to moment...I show you only that which we must see.
- -- The Spectre
Appearing in "Truth and Justice"
- Batman's team
- Superman's Team
- Secretary General Wyrmwood
- Batman's team
- Superman's team
- Bar Patrons
- Ambush Bug
- Brother Power
- Captain Boomerang
- Catwoman II
- Doctor Bedlam
- Gentleman Ghost
- Human Bomb
- Lady Blackhawk
- Marvin White
- Mister Scarlet
- Phantom Lady
- Plastic Man
- The Shadow
- Sherlock Holmes
- Solomon Grudy
- Spy Smasher
- Tawky Tawny
- Virman Vundabar
- Zan & Jayna
- Jimmy Olsen (Flashback only)
- Lois Lane (Flashback only)
- Perry White (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Truth and Justice"
- And I saw the seven angels which stood before God, and another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and the angel took the censer and filled it with fire of the altar...and the seven angels prepared themselves to sound...
Norman McCay is now seeing a vision of "seven angels" bathed in the fire of what appears to be the torch of the Statue of Liberty. He and the Spectre are taken to where the vision leads them: to the Statue of Liberty where the Americommando, a gun-toting fascist, fires upon immigrants approaching Ellis Island with his Minutemen, warning them to leave America or else. He is soon diverted by a trio of robots, Red, White, and Blue, attacking him, but their personal battle is in the middle of innocents who they care very little for. This battle is interrupted by Superman...and he isn't alone: he is joined by seven others from the Justice League who have returned to duty to deal not only with them, but also with two psionics called the Brain Trust who were using this personal battle for their own ends. They were both rendered unconscious by the appearance of Red Robin, a former partner of Batman who has also joined Superman's team.
After the successful confrontation, Superman and his Justice League allies appear at the United Nations to address the press conference gathered there that they will deal with the rogue superhumans on the loose. However, the Secretary-General of the United Nations isn't confident of Superman's means to achieve their goals, and neither is Bruce Wayne, who retired his identity as Batman but not the desire to continue working as a hero, willing to join Superman's reformed Justice League for that purpose. Nonetheless, Superman and the Justice League press forward with their intended goal, negotiating with superhumans who are willing to join the cause and using force on those who oppose them.
Meanwhile, Lex Luthor has assembled a team of retired villains, calling themselves the Mankind Liberation Front, intending to use the battle between Superman's Justice League and the rogue superhumans to their own ends and purposes. Among them, Norman McCay and the Spectre see an adult Billy Batson as a servant to Lex Luthor, pleasantly giving Lex a shave.
At a nightclub where a group of random superhumans cavort, Superman gets their attention to deliver a message: that they should willingly join the League or else they will be dealt with. As Nightstar and Avia consider taking up Superman's offer to join him after he leaves, Oliver Queen shows up to offer them an alternative.
However, Superman is beginning to see more superhumans choosing to turn against the League rather than join them, so after some failed negotiation talks with Arthur Curry (who has surrendered his Aquaman identity to his former protege to take on his role as the king of Atlantis) and with Orion (who has killed his father Darkseid and has taken his place as the fearsome ruler of Apokolips), he turns to Mr. Miracle and his wife Big Barda for the answers.
Soon they find Magog standing on what's left of the Kansas landscape, futilely trying to rebuild, and Superman confronts him for the disaster he's caused. Magog blames Superman for the disaster, saying it all started when the Joker killed the Daily Planet staff, including Superman's wife Lois Lane. As the Joker was being brought into custody, Magog killed him with a blast from his energy staff. Superman brought Magog into court for his actions, but the judge ruled in favor of Magog, considering his actions "justifiable" and acquitting him. Rather than accepting Magog's challenge to fight him, Superman simply took off and was never seen until the present time. It is then Magog knew the real reason Superman took off: it wasn't that he feared Magog, but rather he feared that Magog was the kind of hero people wanted and the kind of future he represented. As Superman mockingly says to Magog, "You must be proud", he angrily blasts Superman with his staff before kneeling down in defeat, wanting Superman to kill him or do anything to take away the voices of a million ghosts haunting him.
While Superman and the Justice League are busy building "a stronghold of justice" using plans given to him by Mr. Miracle, Bruce Wayne is seen making an unseemly alliance with Lex Luthor's team of villains.
- This issue is reprinted in the Kingdom Come trade paperback, hardcover edition and Absolute slipcase edition.
- The United Nations building resembles the Justice League's Hall of Justice from the Super Friends cartoon show.
- Phil Sheldon from Marvels, in which Kingdom Come artist Alex Ross has drawn, makes a cameo at the superhero press conference held at the UN building. Sheldon later makes his last appearance in the storyline's final issue.
- In another reference to the Super Friends, one of the superhumans seen taunting Superman at the nightclub is wearing Marvin's T-shirt under his leather jacket. The faces of Zan and Jayna, the Wonder Twins, can also be seen among the crowd.
- A man wearing a mask worn by Steve Miller on the cover of his 1973 The Joker album is seen at the bar in the nightclub playing a pull-my-finger game with the Human Bomb.
- Rorschach of Watchmen makes a cameo appearance in the background of the bar standing next to the Question.
- Superhero analogues of the Village People appears in the bar scene.
- Tokyo Rose, a villainess who appears in this story, is modeled after Chun Li from the Street Fighter game series.
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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
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