Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #47

kamandi-47Writer – Denny O’Neil
Artist – Keith Giffen, Ernie Chan
Inker – Alfredo Alcala

Kamandi, Ben and Rongo have just recently escaped Looter, his men and the little people, only to run straight into a pack of Wolves. The Wolves mean business, but Kamandi is still sick with whatever it is that infects him and makes him go mad. As such, the Wolves pose no threat to the trio and the party are soon on their way again. Denny O’Neil seems averse to giving Kamandi and his companions a break or just sending them on a normal adventure. Danger is always on the menu and while it is not wholly unexciting, it would be nice to see something a little different take place in this book. For a brief moment, we get to see Pyra who has gotten her ship back in working order and is trying her best to cure Doctor Canus of what ails him and Kamandi both. The book also gives Arna some time and it finds Spirit wanting to help her escape from Sacker’s clutches. While it is not exactly easier said than done, they are on their way when they manage to land in a trap and as Sacker laughs it up, he informs them they only have one more day to live. Still in the Wolves territory, Ben and Kamandi notice a plane down near the Wolves’ stronghold – a perfect way to get out of this country if only they can get to it. Coming up with a plan, they invade the lair of the Wolves with some great action which follows. Keith Giffen gets a little help this time around on the artwork side of things with Ernie Chan and Alfredo Alcala giving him a hand. They do a good job of it and the book is all the better for it, but it is the fact that the story lacks any originality to make it a truly great read. Perhaps now that Kamandi and Ben, along with Rongo, are headed back to Sackers, O’Neil will shake things up a little. While still a fun story overall, but one that could have been much better than it was.

3 out of 5

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