Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #15

Kamandi #15Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer

Kamandi, having just recently won Sacker’s games, has found himself saved from certain death courtesy of Prince Tuftan. Jack Kirby brings the Tiger Prince back into Kamandi’s life at just the right moment, but does so for a reason – to help him find the Watergate Tapes which lie somewhere in the Forbidden Places. Kamandi is simply happy to be away from Sacker and to be actually free – no bonds, no chains and no expectations of servitude. So it is that our hero is only too happy to go with Tuftan and Doctor Canus and see if he can discover just what it is these Watergate Tapes are. Thus Kirby sets Kamandi upon another adventure, one that holds not only surprises for our hero, but for the reader as well. Obviously if Kamandi and Tuftan are going after the Tapes, they are headed to Washington, or at least whatever is left of it. After what has seemed like ages, Kirby is finally showing the reader a little of the wider world and even better, what happened to the nation’s capital. By the looks of it, it fared no better than anywhere else Kamandi has been and rather than introducing another species of cat, he brings us another race of Apes, these ones looking a little worse for wear, perhaps due to living in one of the Forbidden Places and Apes that have a big secret. What is never made crystal clear is just why the tapes are so important, though one can make a very educated guess. Perhaps it is just legend, a story made all the more fantastic over the years involving said tapes so that they became some sort of grail, but at the end of the day, they mean power. As everyone knows, power is always something that will be coveted. What follows is a battle between Apes and Tigers with the fate of the Tapes in the balance, for good or bad. Whatever the case, if the rest of the series follows in this vein, readers of this book have a lot of good to look forward to.

4 out of 5

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