June 12, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.
By the time Mark Waid penned the 1996 miniseries event “Kingdom Come” for DC, he’d already built a reputation as a smart, innovative writer on titles including “The Flash” and “Captain America.” In the wake of its success and while working alongside Grant Morrison to re-invent the Justice League, Waid realized he had reached a personal peak of sorts, a conclusion that brought him to an artistic crossroads. “I woke up one day and thought, ‘Jeez, I’ve written Superman and Batman. I’m a professional comic book creator. I get to work in a medium I love and do the thing that I would do for free as a child and I get paid for it. This is a great life. And … I’m 35. What now?'” Then came “Empire.” In 2000, Waid and Barry Kitson introduced their creator-owned brainchild starring […]