Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #30

kamandi-30Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

Jack Kirby keeps up the fantastical with a story that finds Kamandi and Ben bedding down for the night in a cave which turns out to be a flying saucer. By the time the two men realize just what has happened, they have been whisked away, helpless to do anything but go along with whatever it is that the alien who captured them has in mind. Everything soon becomes apparent as Kirby unfolds the latest mystery to affect our heroes and what they discover is quite startling. Arriving at some sort of giant sand pit, there are buildings and boats and planes and all sorts of man’s creations present and Kamandi and Ben stand in awe of it all. But there is a danger present, more than one danger in fact. The first comes from the alien who stands silently, witnessing what they do and secondly there is a portal in the sky which starts to suck everything up into it, transporting it to some unknown dimension. It is only through sheer luck that our heroes are spared and it is then that the alien attacks. Kirby keeps the story moving along at a good pace as the action ramps up and finds Kamandi and Ben trying to fight the alien off. The artwork is spectacular as Kirby has always been able to draw very dynamic fight sequences that keep the reader glued to the page and this battle between man and alien is no different. Also on display is Kirby’s very wild imagination and where he could have just drawn the usual U.F.O. and the typical alien, he went in a very different direction with the alien being made out of pure energy and encapsulated in a suit with its ship exhibiting some very interesting technology. A little disappointing was seeing Kamandi being as frightened as he was. After going through all he has gone through and seeing more of the world and the creatures that inhabit it than others, you would think that he would not be so scared. Good to see is Ben, being the hero once again and putting his life on the line quite selflessly. Leaving the book on a cliff-hanger, Kirby knows how to pull the reader back for more and that last panel promises a very intriguing and exciting story to come.

4 out of 5
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