Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #27

kamandi-27Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

After the stunning revelation that the Sacker Company has made its way into the northern paradise that Kamandi and his companions have discovered, they find that the invaders are up to no good whatsoever. Wherever there is the possibility of making a profit or of gaining a little bit of power, Sacker will have his men try to exploit it for just such an advantage. It is here that Jack Kirby introduces the two newest cast members – Captain Pypar and his giant-ant soldier. Though it might not seem like it at first, Captain Pypar has a plan and it involves confirming what he believes to be true about the enemy and then taking the fight to them. Kamandi on the other hand, does not believe that Pypar knows what he is doing in the slightest and with every action and command that he makes, Kamandi becomes increasingly worried. As it is, Captain Pypar really does know what he is doing and while there is no all-out battle to be had, their small group does manage to cause quite a bit of destruction as Pypar’s army advances on their location. Though Kamandi’s name might be in the title, it is Pypar who really steals the show and it just proves how great Kirby is at creating characters who can be just as compelling, if not more so, than the one who is supposed to be the main protagonist. Kirby also injects a little horror into the book once again, perhaps not in the classic sense of the word, but on display through the actions of Sacker’s men and the killing of the local beasts, flora and fauna. It is slightly disgusting to see them act as such and as you read this, you wish nothing but the worst for them and hope Kamandi and Ben, along with Pypar and his men really give the Leopards what is coming to them. The art is phenomenal and Kirby’s storytelling skills continue to get better and continue to impress with each passing issue. Will Sacker’s men leave or will it be war? Nothing to do but read the next issue!

4.5 out of 5

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