Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #16

Kamandi #16Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer, D. Bruce Berry
Letters – Mike Royer

After the hubbub last issue, Kamandi finds himself momentarily in the custody of the Apes underneath Washington D.C. They are none too happy with the turn of events that found them losing control of the Watergate Tapes, not to mention having their home invaded by Kamandi and the Tigers. As it is, Kamandi is brought into the care of a scientist named Dr. Hanuman and from that moment forward, Jack Kirby tells a moving story, framed by the entries of journal from the past that mirror the events of the present. Where Kirby has given us action and adventure previously and drama and heartbreak right along with it, this is perhaps his most inventive and emotional tale yet. It is a story that still features our hero, but it makes you feel sympathetic towards the so-called villains of the piece, villains who turn out to be a people just trying to live their lives their way. Additionally, Kirby throws in the added element of a mysterious formula called Cortexin, a serum that will calm the mind and make the mindless beasts mindful, the beasts in question being human. Sadly, Dr. Hanuman never gets to use his formula directly, but thanks to him, the human race might stand a chance at some type of future. While the fall of the Apes is chronicled, Kamandi is trying to get himself free and Tuftan and his men are trying to find him. It is both exciting and epic to see it all unfold and while Tuftan has no luck, Kamandi does manage to extricate himself from his predicament. As the book leaves off, it finds Kamandi looking for his friend and things left entirely to fate. The artwork is as sumptuous as ever, Kirby proving yet again that he truly is the King of Comics. After fifteen fantastic issues, the sixteenth proves to be the greatest yet and it ensures you will be back to find out what happens next.

5 out of 5
Kamandi #16a Kamandi #16b Kamandi #16c Kamandi #16d

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