Kingdom Come, while an epic story in the original graphic novel, lacks the same punch as an audio drama. Don't get me wrong. It's a serviceable production.
But it could've been so much more.
The adaptation by John Whitman (who also wrote adaptations we'll cover in upcoming reviews) works well for the most part. I had issues with some lines that bordered on badly executed exposition.
I think the biggest problem I had were the actors. In particular, the actor playing Norman McKay. (Sorry I can't tell you who that was; there was no cast list). A tepid performance for the most part. While there were snippets of "real" acting here and there, I got the sense that he wasn't really performing the role. That he was just doing a dramatic reading of the lines.
And even then, that dramatic reading wasn't too dramatic. More ho-hum.
The other actors weren't as bad.
Superman had the voice quality I expected but the actor struck me as a one-note performance. Not much vocal variety.
Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman were the two I thought who were wonderfully played. Wonder Woman seemed to take a little time to get her groove but once she does, I thought her performance came alive. Same for Luthor, played with a restrained but manic glee. Effective and not too over-the-top.
The biggest problem I had with the production overall was the pacing and delivery of lines. As if the actors were just reading the script instead of actually performing. An excellent example of Read-Acting Syndrome.
I wish the director had done a better job coaxing more life out of the performances.
But, as I said earlier, it's a serviceable production.
I hung onto my copy and I listen to it again from time to time.
Get your copy from Amazon here. (Fair warning, though--it's on cassette. Can't tell if it ever came out on disc.)
(um...you do know what a cassette is, right?)