DC Comics
Kamandi Challenge #12 Review
By Deejay Dayton
Jan 20, 2018 - 22:05

DC Comics
Writer(s): Gail Simone, Paul Levitz
Penciller(s): Jill Thompson, Ryan Sook, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inker(s): Joe Prado
Colourist(s): Trish Mulvihill, Laura Martin, Andrew Crossley
Letterer(s): Clem Robins
Cover Artist(s): Frank Miller, Alex Sinclair, and lots of other variants
$4.99, 40 pages



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Well, I really wanted to like the final issue of The Kamandi Challenge. I really really did. And although I am fairly certain where the ideas for the resolution came from, I cannot say that I derived much pleasure from this issue at all.

Gail Simone plays around a bit in the first half of this issue, and what is entertaining in the last volume takes place in her pages. There is a clever twist, and a page I particularly enjoyed, with cameos by some well known, and some very obscure, DC characters.

But then we reach the real finale, by Levitz and Garcia-Lopez. Jack Kirby shows up to talk to Kamandi, and things go downhill from there.

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I am not going to spoil it. Instead, I am going to talk about the unpublished final issue of the original run, which is what I believe they were drawing from for their “solution.”

In the final published issue of Kamandi – The Last Boy on Earth, Kamandi was able to penetrate the Wondrous Western Wall, and entered into a burst of light. The following issue, not released at the time, but included in Cancelled Comics Cavalcade, revealed that, on the other side of the Wall, Kamandi met an entity who explained to him that there was a multiverse available to him. Kamandi finds out that, in an alternate reality, he was Jed Walker, the abused boy that the 70s Sandman aided. Kamandi is told he can choose anything to be, but opts to be returned to his friends and his old life.

OK, so, knowing all that, there is a small chance you will find the conclusion of Kamandi Challenge more interesting. But I can’t guarantee you will like it.


Rating: 6/10

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