Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #7

Kamandi #7Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer
Letters – Mike Royer

While mourning the loss of Flower, Kamandi and the Lions who run the human reserve are attacked by a Gorilla scout. Realizing that there could very well be more of them on the way and that more than likely, they have come to free Tiny – a Gorilla akin to King Kong in size who is kept captive by the Lions, Kamandi is sent out to do a little scouting on his own and he is all too happy to do so. Everyone’s fears are soon made manifest and Kamandi is captured by the Gorilla’s and taken by Tiny who thinks him a toy to be played with. If there is one thing that Kamandi is not, it is a toy and he is truly getting tired of finding himself the playthings of others. Jack Kirby, the man who created so many wonderful characters over his lifetime, brings another exciting tale to the printed page with this King Kong-inspired work and it turns out to be an incredibly fun read from start to finish. One of the more interesting things that you might notice in this series is just how much classic cinema seemed to influence the stories – this one for instance taking its cues from King Kong and previous ones from Planet of the Apes. They do end up being different from those very films of course with the King creating his own take on things, but it makes the stories a little bit more entertaining as you start to realize just where it is you might have seen it before, or at least little parts of them. Like King Kong, Tiny does not survive in the end, or at least it is made to seem that way and it is just as sad a moment because whether he was intelligent or not, the destruction of such a unique creature is truly a shame. One thing of particular note as well in this book is that unlike all of the other races Kamandi has encountered, barring Prince Tuftan that is, the Lions are quite accepting of Kamandi and his intelligence and they come to notice that Kamandi may not be like all of the other dumb humans they have rounded up over the years. What is equally as intriguing is that Kamandi seems to respect them and has no qualms working alongside them or for them. How long that lasts remains to be seen, but you can be sure that Kamandi will not stay in the Lion’s reserve for very long and that more adventures will soon be on the horizon.

4 out of 5

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