Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #54

kamandi-54Writer – Jack C. Harris
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Alredo Alcala
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Milt Snapinn

If there is one thing that Kamandi cannot stand, aside from being a prisoner, it is seeing others in trouble. Being one of the few intelligent beings upon the planet, Kamandi will come to the aid of anyone that he can hold a conversation with, for without them, the world is made a little poorer. The person whom he and Spirit find in dire straits at the moment is a caterpillar boy who is being abducted by a giant bird, no doubt for its meal later that day. Despite the bird being a formidable creature, Kamandi comes out on top and is soon thanked by the boy’s father who agrees to help Kamandi in his quest in return for helping his son. This particular tale marks the third chapter in the Evermore storyline that Jack C. Harris has been writing, except as of yet, the reader has not yet been made aware of just what this Evermore is. It is slightly frustrating in that one respect, but the journey that Kamandi and Spirit have been on has been an adventurous one and a lot of fun to boot. While the Caterpillars are a peaceful race and completely grateful to Kamandi for rescuing the Prince, they are of a completely different culture and where they see wrapping Kamandi and Spirit up in a cocoon for eternity as a great honour, Kamandi does not. There are many things that can be called a consistency in the book and violence is one them and it is violence that takes place as Kamandi looks to get free of these creatures and be on his way once more to join Ben, Renzi and Steve. Once more, Dick Ayers provides the artwork for the story and with Harris on scripts, Ayers is never lacking for something new to draw each and every issue. This story also marks the return of Pyra and Doctor Canus who have been having troubles of their own, specifically in locating that power source which caused or was a part of the Great Disaster. Seeing a huge surge upon their scanners was what caused the group to come into contact once again with each other and hopefully this means that they will now continue to travel together once more. Again, this was another different, yet exciting tale that continues to make Kamandi a book worth reading.

4 out of 5

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