Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #53

kamandi-53Writer – Jack C. Harris
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Alredo Alcala

Kamandi and Spirit are currently making their way through the world searching for Ben Boxer, Steve and Renzi. They soon come upon a more tropical area and of course, being who they are, they find trouble once again without even trying. It comes on two fronts, one an unassuming bog where a giant creature lives and on another where they think they have encountered a couple of friendly faces, only to be sorely mistaken. Jack C. Harris who has seemingly taken over for Denny O’Neil at this point, continues to craft wildly different tales than what we have been seeing of late in the book and it makes things much more exciting than they have been in a long time. For the moment, it is just Kamandi and Spirit as the rest of their friends are off searching for the energy source that Pyra’s people desperately need. The great thing about this title is that it never needed a very big cast to keep things going and Harris realizes that perfectly as Kamandi is always front and center, but there are times where you wish the supporting cast was present. The monster of the story is quite intriguing though the rest of the villains, a few Cats who are looking to trade him in for the bounty on his head, are not very. The action is not as prevalent as it was last issue, but Dick Ayers who has remained steadfast on the series, is joined by Alfredo Alcala and the two manage to make the book look as good as ever and what little action there is, as exciting as possible. Taking away some of the spotlight is Mylock Bloodstalker, the detective/assassin that the conglomerate of Kamandi’s enemies has hired to put an end to the boy once and for all. Harris provides the Bloodstalker with some great characterization, portraying the hunter as a very determined being, one who will do what is asked of him and one who likes a challenge. Out of all of those who oppose Kamandi in one fashion or another, Bloodstalker may just be the most formidable yet, if they should ever meet that is. As it stands, that looks to be a foregone conclusion.

3.5 out of 5


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