Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #29

kamandi-29Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

Having left Captain Pypar and his forces behind, Kamandi and Ben have come across a colony of Apes that worship the idol of a hero from many years past. The Apes call this being the ‘Mighty One’, but as astute readers will no doubt notice, it is none other than Superman that they stand in awe of. Jack Kirby throws a little bit of a curve ball for readers who might have expected Big Blue to make an appearance in the book, but as it has been thousands of years supposedly, it is hard to say if the man is even still alive at this point. The Apes believe in reincarnation and as such, they have devised a series of tests to determine just who the Mighty One might be. Many an Ape has tried to pass these trials over the years and many have failed, losing their lives in the process. At the moment, the Apes believe that Ben is the person they have been waiting for all these centuries. Kamandi thinks that Ben should go through these trials, if only to stop other Apes from throwing their lives away on a belief that will never come true. Though Kamandi and Ben have been sharing the book as of late, Kirby shines a light on the man with a cyclotron heart and though it is a something Ben would rather not have to do, he reluctantly agrees to go through the Ape’s trials. Focusing on Ben is a good thing too, as he has become such an important part of the book and one of the few friends that Kamandi can really count on. Sure, there are times when fate has managed to separate them, but on the whole, Ben is the one guy who Kamandi can not only rely on, but look towards as a role model. While Superman was regrettably not in the book, it was probably for the best as it keeps this series nice and self-contained. Making it a part of the larger DC Universe proper, no matter how far in the future it might be, would definitely make things interesting, but it is already that in and of itself and needs no help other than Kirby’s creativity.

4 out of 5

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