Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #3

Kamandi_03Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer

Some time has taken place since the last issue and Jack Kirby throws Kamandi into the deep end as he faces some of the most fearsome creatures on this new Earth – the Apes. The Apes are currently rounding up humans for slaves and it is bad news for Kamandi as he has found himself among them. His situation becomes even worse when the Apes discover that Kamandi can talk and it is then that his trials really begin. The book starts off strongly and Kirby sets a good pace for the story which is packed full of action with very little time for anything else. There is no explanation as to why or how Kamandi got to where he is at this moment, you simply have to accept that in-between the second and third issue, he and his comrades were on some grand adventure and now they are separated. But the Apes have never seen a human like Kamandi before. Not only can Kamandi talk, but he can fight as well and he will not be rounded up into servitude to live as a slave for the rest of his days. So it is that Kamandi faces his greatest challenge yet – Chaaku, perhaps the greatest of the Apes. There is a sense of adventure in this book that is almost unparalleled compared to other comics, even to this very day, and it goes to show you that what Kirby created was timeless, his stories wondrous and his artwork flawless. The book is not only about Kamandi though, as Ben Boxer and his friend Renz also star, on the search for their lost friend who at the moment is tussling with some Apes. If there was any fault to be had in the book it was the lack of character development and truth be told, it mattered little when given the tale that was told. Once again, there is no clear indication of where the story will go, but given the type of book that this is, you can only sit back and go along for the ride.

4 out of 5

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