Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #20

Kamandi #20Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

Kamandi is in a bit of trouble as he has found himself in a city of robots and to make matters just a little bit worse, Ugash and his Gorillas are after him as well. On the plus side, the robots do not distinguish between Kamandi and Ugash and the two of find themselves locked up together leading to that age-old saying, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ There is action aplenty from Jack Kirby in this book as Kamandi wants nothing more than to be free once again, not to mention satisfying his curiosity about the robots, specifically just who is it that is controlling them. Once again, Kirby spins a fantastical tale filled with many different elements to make one very compelling and exciting story. It is by all accounts, the most unique and thrilling tale that Kirby has yet provided in the book and it really gives a reader hope that the rest of the series will be just as good, if not better. The robots are a really nice touch as they not only explain as to why there are old-timey gangsters and mobsters around in this post-apocalyptic world, but to introduce something more than just the talking animals into this future, not to mention the possibility of future storylines because of them. Ugash definitely remains a character to watch in this book. He is a villain in the proper sense, but one who is fast learning to accept that there are things in this world that will surprise even him. Kamandi was the first, a talking animal and even until the moment they are locked up together, he still cannot really believe that Kamandi can do what he can do. During the latter half of the book, Ugash almost steals the show from Kamandi, breaking out of their jail cell and essentially taking the fight to their captors. Suffice it to say, Kamandi does get away and he leaves all of his enemies behind. The book manages to finish on both a positive note as it can literally go anywhere at the moment and a sad one, as Kamandi is tired of continually finding himself alone in this world.  Another incredible issue from Kirby and DC Comics.

4.5 out of 5
Kamandi #20a Kamandi #20b

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