Annotations to Kingdom #2

Unless otherwise specified, descriptions are moving left to right and top to bottom.

Kingdom Come is referred to as KC.

Page 1. The events on this page are deliberately resonant to the events in KC #1, page 15 (25 in the collected edition), with similarities in the location and nature of the disaster, as well as how people are alerted the disaster (via a newscast from a newscaster who looks roughly similar in both scenes).

Page 4. Panel 2. As we'll see by the end of this issue, the cloaked & silver-haired character that Rip Hunter is speaking to, who also appeared in Kingdom #1 (pages 17-18), is not, in fact, the Phantom Stranger, as the reader was led to believe, but someone else entirely.

Page 6. Panel 2. In KC #1, the destruction of Captain Atom is what caused the Kansas Disaster.

Page 10. Panel 2. See page 37, panel 3.

Page 14. Panel 2. Amazo (first appearance Brave and the Bold #30) was an android constructed by JLA enemy Professor Ivo, who was designed to absorb the powers of every superbeing with which he came into contact. The recent DC One Million series established that versions of DC heroes and villains would appear time and again over the next million months; Amazo 2025 is, clearly, a future version of the android.

Page 19. Panel 4. In KC #3, page 35 (145 in the collected edition) the sword was described as "a gift from Hephaestus," and was presumably forged by him - and so one would assume unbreakable by mortal means. But, as we saw in New Year's Evil: Gog, Gog was empowered by, among others, Zeus, and so would presumably be able to break something made by Hephaestus.

Page 20. Panel 2. Back we go to Planet Krypton, which here closely resembles the first glimpse we got of the restaurant, in KC #1, page 9 (19 in the collected edition), panel 2. The artifacts we see are:

Page 21. Panel 1. The golden object on the wall above Nightstar and Ibn al-Xu'ffasch is the "astro-glider" of the New God Orion.

Panel 2. The model hanging from the ceiling bears the crest of the Blackhawks, the freedom-fighting pilots. This crest most closely resembles the Blackhawk crest seen in KC; the model, as Terence Chua points out, can be seen in the epilogue to KC.

Panel 5. The exterior of Planet Krypton is almost exactly the same as it was in KC #1, page 8 (18 in the collected edition), down to the Alex Toth-illustrations along the top of PK's front wall.

Page 22. Panel 4. "Titans, together!" is the traditional battle-cry of the Teen Titans. Several scenes in KC showed former Teen Titans grouped together; it could be that a version of the Teen Titans continued in the world of KC, and that Flash IV (Kid Flash) was a part of them.

Page 23. Panel 3. The Guardians of the Universe were the ultrapowerful figures who powered the lanterns from which the Green Lantern rings got their powers. The Source, in the DC Universe, is...well, it's a big energy source and might also be God (it's hard to describe).

Page 24. Panel 3. The Phantom Zone Projector is the instrument by which Superman, pre-Crisis, projected things and people into the Phantom Zone, a dimension discovered (pre-Crisis, at least) by Superman's father, Jor-El.

Page 25. Panel 1. The use of the Phantom Zone Projector as a last-ditch weapon against a seemingly-invulnerable foe has been seen in comics at least once before, in Alan Moore's magnificent Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Mark Waid must have known that its use here would draw comparisons to Moore, however, because as we quickly see, it didn't work - at least, as Tom Galloway points out, it works, just not as much as Batman wanted it to.

Panel 2. The Silver Age Green Arrow, Oliver Queen, long made use of trick arrows, such as the boxing glove arrow seen earlier, on page 20, panel 2. The arrows in this quiver are more of them.

Panel 3. These are three versions of the Green Lantern rings. The one on the left is the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Steve & JHS & Kate Ryan point out that the ring in the middle is the ring of the evil Green Lantern, Power Ring, of the Crime Syndicate (the evil Justice League) of Earth-3. The ring on the left is, presumably, the ring of the Silver Age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan.

Panel 4. The Golden Age Sandman, Wesley Dodds, used a WW1 gasmask and a gasgun as his weapons.

Panel 5. In current DC continuity Jonah Hex, the cowboy anti-hero, was stuffed and mounted after his death, as seen in the Jonah Hex Spectacular. In the collected edition of KC, on page 206, we saw that Hex's corpse, in a vacuum tube like this one, was in Planet Krypton.

Page 25. Panel 1. The KC Wonder Woman is using the shield of the Atomic Knight (first introduced in Strange Adventures #117), a character who was initially caught in a virtual reality post- apocalyptic scenario, and then later began to have precognitive visions. Tom Galloway adds that the shield was constructed by the Gardner Grayle, the Knight, after he was removed from the VR scenario.

Panel 2. Nightstar is using the Ibisstick, the magic wand used by Ibis (first appearance: Whiz #1), the magic-using Egyptian prince formerly of the Fawcett line of comics and last seen in the pages of DC's Power of Shazam. As M. Horne points out, Superman is using Blue Devil's trident against Gog. Tom Galloway suggests that one of the guns that Ibn al-Xu'ffasch is using is Adam Strange's.

Page 27. Panels 3-4. "I have had enough" is a somewhat trite supervillain expression, but as Michael Starsinic points out, this was said near the end of Crisis, by the Anti-Monitor; this may be Waid having Gog quote the Anti-Monitor, rather than just echoing a cliche.

Page 30. Panel 4. Flying into the hole into Hypertime is the Green Lantern's power lantern.

Page 31. Panel 1. The boxing glove arrow is, alas, headed for Hypertime, too.

Pages 33-34. Now I know what Hypertime is: the Hell to which annotators sentenced.

Page 33. Presumably all of these visions no longer exist in DC continuity, which is why they're only visible here. Note that in every case the image is (or seems to be) taken directly from the original comics themselves, rather than the images being recreated by Kingdom's artists.

(As usual, working left to right and top to bottom).

Page 34. Starting in the upper left:

Page 35. Panel 1. "Mort Weisinger" identifies the two in the upper right as "the 30th century descendants of Lex Luthor and Mr. Mxyzptlk (the L is Luthor's descendant, the M is Mxyzptlk's brother - Annotator), rushing to the aid of the adult Legion of Superheroes." (I should have gotten this one myself) This occurred in Adventure Comics #354-355.

Panel 4. An aging Captain Marvel, which "Mort Weisinger" suggests may be from the Power of Shazam tie-in to DC One Million; Mark Coale suggests it might be the Captain Marvel from the Power of Shazam "Legends of the Dead Earth" issue. And the bearded Green Arrow and Hal Jordan; Tom Galloway corrects me and notes that this is new art, rather than a reproduction from an existing comic.

Page 36. Panel 3. A nice moment here, of the modern Superman gazing up in awe at the GA Superman. And, as Jay J notes, the GA Superman smiling back.

Page 37. Panel 3. More than a couple of times in this issue, similarities have (clearly deliberately) been drawn between the silver-haired character and the Phantom Stranger. On page 10, panel 2, the Quintessence referred to the character as "Stranger." Here we see that the silver-haired character is Jonathan, the son of Wonder Woman and Superman. (What last name would he take, I wonder?). Like the Phantom Stranger, Jonathan was on speaking terms with the Quintessence. And his collar, at least, is the same as the Phantom Stranger's. All of which leads to the (no doubt predictable) speculation: is Jonathan the Phantom Stranger? I would say not, since the Stranger's mysterious origin and unexplained past is a large part of his charm - but I could well be wrong. He might also be some sort of riff on Pariah - but where Pariah brought doom, Jonathan brings hope?

Page 40. The Golden Age Superman, and now left available to be brought back into continuity. Good.

Thanks to Jerry Boyajian; Loki Carbis; Terence Chua; Mark Coale, as always; Coottiehead; MickeyCT; Deszaras; Johanna Draper; Owen Erasmus; Avid Eye; Tom Galloway; Bruce Grubb; M. Horne; Jay J; JHS; Mark Katzoff; Loren; Sean MacDonald; Rocco Morocco; Kate Ryan; Scott Sherwood; David J. Snyder; Michael Standish; Michael Starsinic; Steve; Fly Taggart; Dean Velasco; Todd VerBeek; Sean Walsh; and Sidne Gail Ward.

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