Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 353, “Kingdom Come”

What if Superman was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger baling hay, trying to till his own farm? That’s part of the appeal of Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come, the subject of our latest superheroic Four-Color Flashback–Ross’ painted artwork brings DC’s pantheon to vivid life. Of course, Superman isn’t one of us. He makes this clear when, after a decade in exile, he descends upon Metropolis to mete out cold hard justice to a new, irresponsible generation of heroes and villains. Kingdom Come was intended as a statement on the Xtreme anti-heroes of the ‘90s, and as its human protagonist Norman McKay witnesses the fantastic devastation around him, the book explores issues of faith and fascism. Paul and Arlo discuss how Ross and Waid’s tale holds up more than 20 years later, how it reconciles the heroes’ godlike power with fragile human will, why it may be Ross’ best work, and its nigh definitive portrait of DC’s Trinity. Plus, Arlo finishes his Disney marathon while catching Pokémon, and we tease a future discussion of Spider-Man PS4.

Next: we switch religions from DC to Marvel as our pal Chance Mazzia joins us to talk Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil: Born Again.

(Show notes for Kingdom Come.)

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Tune In to Tonight’s Gobbledygeek Thanksgiving Special!

I don't think Rockwell ever imagined an homage with that much Power Girl cleavage.

 

The thirty-third episode of Gobbledygeek airs right here at a special time tonight, 8:00 PM EST, because it’s a special episode: our first annual Thanksgiving special! (Or maybe it’s Thanksgeeking. Or maybe it’s Gobbledygiving. There’s been a bit of debate around the “office,” as it were.) Joining us around the table tonight are past guests Michele, Colin, Rob, Dale, Nathan, and the ever-present Kevin. As it’s the time of year to be thankful, we’ll be discussing the geeky things we are most thankful for. There’ll be no news, nor any callers tonight; just the roundtable discussion followed by perhaps some Black Friday talk in the bonus hour.

Not yet decided: who will be carving the Bat-Turkey. Ahem.