Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #23

Kamandi #23Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

A little time has passed since the tragic and hectic events of the last issue and we find Kamandi on the hunt for the Red Baron. It is an exciting thing to see our hero race upon the waves as he is, being pulled by two Dolphins with spear gun in hand, but the Baron has far more experience at this sort of thing and Kamandi fails as you had to know he would. All the stops are pulled out in this story and Jack Kirby packs it full of action as the Dolphins and humans alike look to put a stop to the Red Baron once and for all. After Kamandi’s failure, Ben Boxer and his companions have had enough and they cannot stand to see anyone else slaughtered and so it is that they transform into their steel-skinned atomic selves with a plan in mind that involves Kamandi used as bait. As such, it all works quite well and one of the men finally gets a hold of the villain which causes quite the explosion and Kamandi not knowing if his friend or if the villain having made it out alive or not. His troubles do not end there though as beneath the waves, a Killer Whale stirs and there is nothing that our hero can do against a monster like that. The pace is incredibly fast, Kirby rarely letting up for a minute and the book is finished before you know it. In some cases that can be considered a bad thing, but as this one races by, it gets you excited to hop straight into the next. Another thing that Kirby does during the ending of this particular story is a little familiar and while a little cliché at this point, you actually do not mind in the slightest as he has been bringing us so many new and wondrous ideas and scenarios that though the latest one has been brief, moving on to the next can only be just as fun. Hopefully Ben, Steve and Renzi stick around for a while as Kamandi is alone far too often and it would be good to have a few friends along for the ride.

4.5 out of 5

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