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""Strange Visitor"": This story is reprinted from Kingdom Come #1.
- 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)
- Harlequin (First appearance)
- Justice Batallion (First appearance)
- Lightning (First appearance)
- Manotaur (First appearance)
- Mr. Terrific (First appearance)
- Nightstar (First appearance)
- NIL-8 (First appearance)
- Nuculoid (First appearance)
- Parasite (First appearance; dies)
- Phoebus (First appearance)
- Stars & Stripes (First appearances)
- Swastika (First appearance)
- Thunder (First appearance)
- Trix (First appearance)
- Tusk (First appearance)
- Batman (Behind the scenes)
- Beatriz da Costa (First appearance)
- Blue Beetle (Cameo) (First appearance)
- The Flash (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Green Lantern (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Hawkman (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Bouncing Boy (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Brainiac 5 (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Chameleon Boy (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Colossal Boy (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Cosmic Boy (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Dream Girl (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Ferro Lad (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Invisible Kid (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Lightning Lad (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Lightning Lass (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Matter-Eater Lad (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Mon-El (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Phantom Girl (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Saturn Girl (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Shadow Lass (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Superboy (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Supergirl (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Timber Wolf (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Triplicate Girl (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Ultra Boy (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Michael Carter (Behind the scenes)
- Question (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Gotham City street thugs
- "Fat Albert"
- "Dumb Donald"
- "Weird Harold"
Synopsis for "Strange Visitor"
This story is reprinted from Kingdom Come #1.
- 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.
- Reprints Kingdom Come #1.
- 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 Watchmen on display.
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