Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #56

kamandi-56Writer – Jack C. Harris
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Mario Sen
Letters – Shelly Leferman

Mylock Bloodstalker has been hunting Kamandi for quite a while now and he has finally caught up to his prey, weakened after his fight with the Vortex Beast. The only thing that remains left to do is return with Kamandi to Sacker and Caesar so that he might collect his payment. While Mylock believes he has the upper hand, he in fact does not as Kamandi and his friends are formidable in their own right, and it is not long before Mylock and his companion Doile are tied up, unable to do anything. The danger is not over as of yet though, for author Jack C. Harris creates yet another threat for Kamandi to face and it is none other than Pyra’s ship. There have been a lot of great concepts introduced over the course of this title and while what we discover, thanks to Mylock, is not exactly new; it makes for a very interesting situation. Illustrating it all is Dick Ayers and he has his work cut out for him with this issue, not only bringing to life the surprise that threatens our heroes, but showing off Spirit’s new abilities and giving the reader a bit of a history lesson on Ben Boxer and the other mutants. While the action is extremely exciting and like nothing that has been shown in the book before, the little bit of backstory that we get on the mutants is quite intriguing. It is here that Harris finally explains Evermore and what it means, and it is also here that Kamandi and the crew finally catch up with Ben and his friends. What is really nice to see is that Harris blends it all in perfectly with what Kirby had already established early on in the book. This added bit of story just makes everything we have come to know a little more rich and if Harris were to include other little bits of history in future issues, it would be highly welcome. Of course, the book would not be complete without a cliff-hanger and this one finds the fate of Kamandi decidedly undecided. The fifty-sixth issue of Kamandi was a highly original adventure that was both exciting and a lot of fun.

4 out of 5

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