Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #57

kamandi-57Writer – Jack C. Harris
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Shelly Leferman

As readers discovered last issue and of which Jack C. Harris expands upon in this one, Evermore is the process by which Ben Boxer, Steve and Renzi renew themselves so that they might go on living, potentially forever. It is a dangerous exercise as it emits a ton of radiation and yet without it, Ben will die as he has been away from his fellow mutants for far too long. Once more, the reader is taken upon a journey into the past and it is there that we find Doctor Canus on a mission with the Tigers that work for Caesar. This is also when the reader learns some more of Ben’s past, not to mention that of Doctor Canus, for it is a shared history and as we soon see, the two companions knew each other long before Kamandi entered the picture. That in itself is an interesting little bit of information that Harris has provided and while it does give some context for what is going on now, the fact that neither Ben nor Canus had mentioned it before now is quite strange, if a little frustrating. There is nothing wrong with changing a person’s origin, whether it is needed or not, but when it goes against what was already established, it is annoying to say the least. If they did indeed know each other before this point, before Kamandi brought them together and Canus knew all of this stuff about Evermore and so forth, then why not speak up beforehand? Thankfully, it does not necessarily hamper the story in any way and Harris is able to complete his tale in a satisfactory manner. There is some action present as our heroes are forced to flee the area in case of the Evermore procedure irradiating them and when they think they are safe and ready to take it easy, they are attacked by a few surfing fish named Crabby, Red and Crawdaddy. They manage to abscond with Kamandi and once away, Harris and Dick Ayers provide an ending unlike anything seen previously. If there is one thing that can be said of having Harris on the book, no matter how good or bad the stories might be – and they are predominantly good, his endings always leave you wanting more and he is a master of making the reader come back for more.

4 out of 5

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