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Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #24

Kamandi #24Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

Within this series thus far, Jack Kirby has brought us a ton of action and adventure and science-fiction galore with a post-apocalyptic Earth filled with creatures that can now speak and rule the planet while humankind has devolved into its more basic form. We have seen all kinds of stories and so it is that Kirby finally injects a little horror into the book in the form of a haunted house, or at least his take on it. The tale begins with Kamandi finding himself washed up on an island, separated from his friends once again and all alone. Soon he is attacked by the local residents as they believe that he is cursed and as he fights, he has to convince them that he truly is a sentient ‘animal’ and not a product of whatever it is that haunts this island and its people. As things subside, Kamandi investigates and what he finds ties back to the time before the Third World War, a science experiment gone wrong that has somehow survived and Kamandi realizes that if he does not try and take care of the problem – nobody will. With a change in tone for the story and genre for that matter, so too do Kirby’s pencils as he brings us some more fantastical monsters. The current tale is not so much scary as it is a little creepy and along with the unknown comes suspense and tension, making it just as much a page-turner as any other book in the series. At the end of the day, Kamandi does eventually come out on top and the only good thing about it all is that Kamandi has met a few new characters, that if he is lucky, he can call friends. Additionally, the best thing that this story continues to do is push Kamandi in new directions, exploring different parts of the country and introducing the reader to new and different creatures than previously seen. A truly great title from Kirby – a man and creator who definitely seems more at home with his own concepts than he is with the superhero genre.

4 out of 5
Kamandi #24a

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