Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #39

kamandi-39Writer – Gerry Conway
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer
Letters – Mike Royer

Where it had looked as if Kamandi and Arna were killed by a giant lobster, they were in fact just abducted and brought to an underground structure where once again, our hero is made a prisoner. While Gerry Conway is a good writer and he creates a perfectly fun story in this issue, continually seeing Kamandi held a prisoner by one party or another tends to get a little boring and more than a little repetitive. Jack Kirby, who only provides his exceptional artwork for this issue, used to put Kamandi in those same situations until finally he broke the mold and created some of the best stories this book had ever seen. The fact that Conway has gone back to that sort of status is a little disheartening. Be that as it may, perhaps Conway will break off into new and uncharted territory with the next issue as Kamandi and Arna manage to escape their new prison beneath the waves. Of course, they had to deal with the telepathic sea creatures that wanted them to fight for sport, but luckily they made their getaway before that happened. Conway also cuts to Doctor Canus and Pyra who have encountered some Lizard people who seem nice, but Pyra believes them to be the ones who shot down their spaceship and thus is more than a little wary. Readers also get to see what Tuftan and Ben Boxer are up to and at the moment, things are not looking too good for Ben. As it stands, the Tigers are still fending off attacks from the Apes and have been doing so ever since Kamandi disappeared. Also during that time, Ben has been a prisoner of Tuftan, held captive for treason. While Ben was only trying to do the right thing by letting Ramjam go, thinking that Tuftan was going to murder him, Tuftan insists that Ben had no idea just what it was that Tuftan was really going to do as he had not yet done anything. It is a bit of logic that Ben cannot absolutely refute and for now, it does not look like he is going to be going anywhere. This was a good issue with a solid story, but the real highlight were the amazing pencils by Kirby who was aided by Mike Royer’s incredible inking.

4 out of 5

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