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Kamandi Challenge #3 Review
By Deejay Dayton
Mar 30, 2017 - 22:26

DC Comics
Writer(s): Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist(s): Amanda Conner
Colourist(s): Paul Mounts
Letterer(s): Clem Robbins
Cover Artist(s): Ben Caldwell, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
$3.99 28 pages



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Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner take the reins for the third issue of the Kamandi Challenge, and serve up a particularly disturbing story, with a pirate turtle, bat raiders, murderous jaguars and spying insects. Although vastly different than any Kamandi story from the original series, this one feels a bit more like that revered run than the previous issues of the Challenge.

Part of that is due to the introduction of Vila. An artificial human made to be Kamandi’s companion and food source, Vila in some ways reminds me of Flower from the original series, but also of the artificial woman-in-a-box from the sort of spin-off series, O.M.A.C.

Amanda Conner’s art is wonderful, and keeps things light and entertaining. That’s a darn good thing, because Palmiotti’s tale is dark and disturbing. If it all didn’t look quite so cute, it would be almost unreadable.

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I particularly like the last few pages, with the jaguar cult. They seem to resemble Aztecs in their jewellery and headgear, but the end of the story gives a cliffhanger from a completely different direction. Way too much fun to spoil it and give it away.

The Kamandi Challenge is definitely coming together much better than the first DC Challenge did, back in the 80s. Keeping the focus on Kamandi, and allowing the different teams to explore his world makes this a more centred experience, and all the more fun for it.


Rating: 9/10

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