Issue by Issue – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #58

kamandi-58Writer – Jack C. Harris
Artist – Dick Ayers
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Mario Sen
Letters – Shelly Leferman

When last seen, Kamandi had been captured by the Crab-people and subsequently trapped within a drive-in movie.  It is here that Jack C. Harris and Dick Ayers pick up the tale and it still finds our hero captured with no way free.  The how and why is unknown, all Kamandi knows at this point is that he wants out of it.  The exact same thing can be said of his co-star, the one and only Karate Kid from the Legion of Super-Heroes.  While at first the reader might find themselves troubled by this occurrence, Harris eventually connects all the dots and does so by tying it into the Great Disaster.  There is a lot of action as the two heroes must battle against their movie opponents, but things soon come to a head as Doctor Canus and Mylock Bloodsatalker find a way to free the companions from the film and make sure nobody else is subjected to the same thing.  Previously established in the series and reiterated here is the fact that Pyra has been searching for the energy source of the Great Disaster in order that she might save her people.  After a very long time it seems, Pyra and her friends have discovered that source, called The Vortex and it is that very same energy source that allowed Karate Kid’s enemies to transport him here.  By revealing this fact, Harris makes it known to readers that Kamandi’s Earth is not Earth-Prime, despite the presence of Superman in its past as drawn by Jack Kirby.  Though the reader might assume Karate Kid then traveled back to the Prime universe, that certainty is never clarified and thus, it could really be any Karate Kid that Kamandi has encountered.  One thing that is for sure is that the story is highly enjoyable and executed perfectly by Harris, Ayers and the rest of the creative team, especially with a very unexpected, yet fascinating crossover.

4 out of 5

2 replies »

  1. I was troubled at first and on an on-going basis by the inclusion of the LSH.
    This is a pattern at DC. When a character in a clearly defined side-universe is near the end of it’s run (e.g. sales are low) they desperately cram in characters from the wider DCU in a kind of last ditch effort to pump up sales before cancelling the book.

    Same thing happened with Warlord that crossed over into the ‘Legends’ event near the end of its run.

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