WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Justice League #34 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Bruno Redondo, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano, on sale now.
The Justice League has been fighting a losing battle ever since the start of the Justice/Doom War. After Lex Luthor became the Apex Predator, he ushered in the Year of the Villain in the hopes of tipping the universal scales towards doom. Seeking to restore Perpetua to her full strength, he sent his Legion of Doom on a mission both in the past and the future of the DC Universe to find the missing piece of the Totality before the Justice League. In the past, members of the Legion clashed with the Flash, Green Lantern and the Justice Society of America in the days of World War II. And in the future, things were even worse, as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their new friend Kamandi came face-to-face with a hulking new threat: Brainiac One Million.
To help his superhero friends, Kamandi went to recruit the help of the Justice League Beyond. However, he doesn't stop there. As the fight begins in Justice League #34, we see that Kamandi didn't bring just one team of heroes -- he brought an entire army from across the multiverse. And this army features the long-awaited return of the fan-favorite Kingdom Come Superman.
Kingdom Come Superman first appeared in Mark Waid and Alex Ross' 1996 limited series Kingdom Come. Set in the far future of the DC Universe, Kingdom Come presented the Justice League as an aging, even retired team of superheroes in a world where they were now replaced by a younger, new generation of heroes who were reckless and possibly dangerous. The character quickly proved to be a fan-favorite, and he returned on separate occasions, even going on to spend time as a member of the Justice Society of America.
While it's been a while since we've seen the character in action in the comics, Kingdom Come Superman recently returned in the spotlight when The CW announced Brandon Routh would suit up as the hero in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover, "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
In Justice League #34, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman find themselves at the mercy of Brainiac One Million in the future, only for Kamandi to arrive just in time with a cavalry of superheroes. In a quest to recruit as many heroes as he could, Kamandi explains that he used the Justice League's white dwarf ship to travel to all of the bottled futures in Brainiac's collection. As a result, Kamandi assembled an army of Justice Leagues, which is of course spearheaded by Kingdom Come Superman.
While the character makes his triumphant return alongside a multitude of heroes from across the multiverse, we don't yet find out the outcome of their battle. In fact, after the superheroes charge Brainiac One Million, Justice League #34 spends the rest of its time elsewhere, showing how Perpetua finally regains her full powers. Therefore, we'll have to wait for next issue to see Kingdom Come Superman cut loose. And hopefully, he'll stick around after the battle.
Justice League #35 hits shelves November 6.