Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #35

kamandi-35Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – D. Bruce Berry
Letters – D. Bruce Berry

One moment sees Kamandi and Doctor Canus in pitched battle upon the ocean in their stolen alien craft and the next finds them in outer space. Jack Kirby tries something a little different once again by sending Kamandi where it was never thought possible and while all looks grim, they manage to get a little help from Pyra who directs the ship towards a Russian satellite called the Soyuz X. Inside, though all the crewmen are seemingly dead, is living history of what happened during the Great Disaster thanks to the computers that recorded it all. Kirby has now been telling the story of Kamandi and this post-apocalyptic world for quite some time now and this is the closest that the man has come to reveal what actually happened to the world during that fateful period. There is no indication of who started the war or what the inciting incident was, but we get to hear the recordings made by the cosmonauts who were stationed aboard the vessel and the horror of what was happening on the planet below. Even more frightening about the whole experience is the fact that the Russians also had a plan to strike back from above should this moment have ever arrived. The fact that the entire Earth was covered in explosions made that action pointless, but was taken out of their hands before it could be carried out. Additionally, Kirby manages to pepper the book with a little monster action as one of the crew members is still alive, simply transformed into some strange beast that is able to morph its body at will. It still has rudimentary thoughts of its time as a man and at the moment, it is looking to get rid of those that do not belong on its vessel. With this issue, Kirby makes things exciting again as it was starting to slow down a little with the last book. With the introduction of Pyra and some new info about the past, he also manages to expand the boundaries of Kamandi’s limited view of the world, though to be fair, he is far more informed than almost anyone else. Another thrilling issue written and drawn by the King of Comics.

4 out of 5

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