Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #17

Kamandi #17Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

Once again, even though he had just recently escaped, Kamandi finds himself a prisoner yet again of the Apes that inhabit Washington. These Apes are a little different though as they are slavers, though they would never call themselves that. So now our hero finds himself on the way to Ohio to be sold off into who knows what kind of servitude that is unless he can get himself free in time. Jack Kirby once again puts Kamandi through the ringer, taking away his freedom and absconding him away from his friends who were looking for him and who have since given up. Though every issue has been exciting thus far and a perfect example of strong storytelling between words and pictures, Kirby still seems to fall back on the whole prisoner/slave plot device far too often. It is not as if it is a bad one, but the prolific use of which it is used is starting to wear thin and it would be nice to see Kirby explore this new world from without the walls of cage. As it is, Kamandi eventually does extricate himself from the mess that he is in and Kirby introduces a new race of creatures who aid Kamandi in his quest and he in theirs – the both of them just wanting to live in peace. Again, the book is more than a little repetitive and little happens that we have not seen before at least a half dozen times. It is a bit of a shame as there are so many opportunities in which to go with all of the elements involved. It is a good thing that Kirby is finally starting to introduce other races, not to mention an unexplored part of the former United States we have not seen as of yet, but the repetition has to stop for this book to get any better.

3 out of 5

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