By Deejay Dayton
Aug 28, 2017 - 10:18
Manhunter was one of the series that Jack Kirby took over in the 1940s, to give a dull strip some zing. He didn’t add much, frankly. Paul Kirk got a new costume, and one decent villain, the Buzzard. The art was definitely more dynamic than it had been before he came onto the strip, but nothing else much was done with the man.
So I have to commend Giffen and Buckingham for how the Manhunter Special was handled. They deliver everything there was to deliver, and make a very wise choice in adding in another of the strips that Kirby re-worked, the original Sandman.
In this special, we get to see Sandman and Sandy (the Golden Boy is optional) going after the Manhunter, who they mistake for an enemy. The story is fun and fresh and fast paced. It’s Giffen, so you know the dialogue will be snappy. I honestly did not go into the special expecting much, so it was a delight to be so entertained.
The only real criticism I can give of the Manhunter tale is that it pales next to the Demon back-up story. Despite being only 6 pages long, the Humphries and Rude outing is a perfect introductory story for the character and his alter ego, Jason Blood. The art is exceptional, and just makes me want to see more of the character by this team.
There are also three Kirby reprints. One is a story from Tales of the Unexpected, which is a solid and clever outing. The other two are highly entertaining shorts from Real Fact Comics from the 1940s envisioning the world of the future.
Believe me, if you have never read either of these much reprinted tales, The Rocket Lanes of Tomorrow and The World of Thinking Machines are alone worth picking up this volume for.
Rating: 9 /10