Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #22

Kamandi #22Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

Having made it to Seaway; Kamandi, Ahab and Inspector Zeel are rescued by the long-absent Ben Boxer, Renzi and Steve. Jack Kirby then introduces us to a futuristic community underneath the waves where Dolphin and human live together in peace. Sadly, the humans are no more intelligent than Ahab is, but Kamandi thinks it better than the various savages he has run into during his travels. That peace is in peril though, from the Red Baron – a villain as dastardly as they come and one that has no compunction about killing Dolphins and humans alike. This particular scenario that Kirby has created between the two sets of mammals is one that is more interesting than any that has been seen before in the book. At first, just like Kamandi, you believe these humans to be slaves like so many pictured before them. The big difference is that these Dolphins care for the humans and the humans for them. They create a bond between themselves which explains why Ahab was so protective of Zeel and at one point; Kamandi was to be bonded himself. That all changed with the appearance of the Red Baron who strikes and kills Teela, the Dolphin who had chosen him. It shakes Kamandi and Kirby, who is able to create such a compelling character in only a few short pages, shakes the reader as well with her death. Kamandi is angry, just as angry as he was when Flower was killed and he means to get back at the Baron and the Killer Whales who command that murderer however he has to. Only Kirby can make you feel so many different emotions when reading a story, whether wonder, excitement or sadness. The man’s pencils are still on point and his ability to make things look so utterly fantastic makes reading his books an utter joy. With friends returned in the form of Ben Boxer and his companions, tragedy striking once again and a new mission because of it, the next issue should be quite an amazing tale.

5 out of 5
Kamandi #22a Kamandi #22b

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