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Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth)

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At long last, DC presents the adventures of Kamandi, the last boy on Earth, in the popular Jack Kirby Omnibus format! In these tales from KAMANDI #1-20, Kamandi - one of the few survivors of a Great Disaster that has destroyed civilization -- must make his way in a world populated by bizarre mutated animals and other strange wonders! Considered one of Jack Kirby's most cre ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by DC Comics
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Russell Grant
Count the rating as 3.5 out of 5. My understanding is Kirby started this book up with the idea of dumping it on other creators so he could concentrate on the New Gods. Well that never happened and the book is a pretty good adventure for such a throw away origin. It's basically a play on "Planet of the Apes" except with more races of animals being evolved and Kamandi being the last "boy" (more of a young adult/late teen the way this plays out) discovering how crap the world is. The setting allows ...more
Richard Guion
I never read these comics growing up, but they are weird and wacky fun to read now in this beautiful hardcover collection. Kamandi is the last boy on Earth, which has suffered from a great apocalyptic disaster. Kamandi emerges from a hidden bunker, fully versed in human history and language, but totally unaware of the world outside. Which is dominated by all kinds of intelligent animals: Tigers, Lions, Leopards, you name it. Humans are around but they have devolved into savages with limited spee ...more
Kamandi never caught my interest as it seemed like a thinly-veiled Planet of the Apes pastiche, but I wanted to check it out before the hardcover editions became scarce. While my first impression wasn't far off, I was pleasantly surprised to find it one of Kirby's more clear-eyed and fun post-Marvel efforts.
This omnibus volume collects the first half of the 1970's comic Kamandi," written and drawn by Jack Kirby. The series diverges from Kirby's usual superhero fare, set instead in a post-apocalyptic world gone mad. The many similarities to the "Planet of the Apes" movies are clearly and intentionally set up as we see a ruined Statue of Liberty in the two-page splash of the first issue. The exact nature of the planet wrecking Great Disaster is not revealed, but it is explicitly referred to as a natu ...more
At once wildly imaginative and creatively bankrupt. Narratively boring from issue to issue. There are characters, but no characterization to speak of. Kamandi's Prince Valiant-style balls-to-the-wall punch-based problem-solving is nearly fun, but any character Kirby writes is annoying and boring, Kamandi most of all. Kirby's art is better than his writing, but it's still hardly excellent. The poor dynamics of his action scenes mean that characters are forced to constantly explain what is going o ...more
One of my favorite comics from my childhood, Kamandi still holds up as wonderul escapist fiction. I revisit the dystopian class reversal world of Kamandi every couple of years and am always delighted at it's blend of action, adventure, mystery and excitement. While Kamandi does not always sit well with all comic book fans, or even fans of Jack Kirby, it should delight anyone who craves adventure, has a strong suspension of disbelief and is young at heart. If you are a fan of either the original ...more
Zack! Empire
Really great and fun stories. Jack seems to be having a really good time drawing all the animals and bizarre creatures. This seems like the perfect title for a guy like Kirby to just go nuts on. I think Kirby was at his best during the 70's, and this book is just more evidence of that.
The one drawback of the book, and it's a big one, is the repetitive nature of the stories. Each issue can be boiled down to the same plot over and over. It did make it difficult at times to read, but when I think b
I liked it, though not as much as I might have if I'd read these when I was 9 or 10 years old. It's all just a bit too wacky. If these stories had a bit of a harder edge to them, I'd like them a lot more (something like Marvel's Killraven/War of the Worlds, perhaps). As it is, it's fun to read, but I can't read more than an issue or two without growing a bit weary of the over-the-top Kirby art and story. Still, it's a beautiful collection and gives these comics the kind of respect they're due.
This is something I have wanted to read forever, and it did not disappoint. Jack Kirby busts out a "Planet of the Apes"-esque series that concerns the last boy on Earth named Kamandi after the Command-D fallout shelter he emerges from after a mysterious disaster wiped out human civilization as we know it. In Man's place animal nations of Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Rats, Gorillas, and several others have arisen. What does this new world hold for "Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth?"
Jan 31, 2013 Rajinder rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Classic Comics fans, Jack Kirby Fans
Fantastic. I really enjoyed reading a story both written and drawn by the King himself! It was really awesome. The book gives a solid mystery to what happened (animals rule the Earth). The only thing off about it is it seems to take a bit from Planet of the Apes. Doesn't bring the story down any, though!
Kamandi's awesome. You can see Planet of the Apes, and some early Kirby stuff, in the DNA,'s its own thing, and that's wonderful. It's also a lot more sober than other Kirby '70s work, which is a nice change of pace.
May 03, 2012 Philip rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Big, loud, and bombastic, this is Kirby at his best. I am thrilled that this material has been made available in a somewhat affordable collection and am looking forward to volume 2.
Mike Gallagher
So intense! Kiby's world pulled me in despite the clumsy wordplay and wonky logic. Loved the imagination involved. And Kirby has a decent inker for once.
It may not be quite as good as Kirby's best 70s works (OMAC, the Fourth World titles), but Kamandi's still a rip-roaring fun comic.
Jack Kirby imagines a post-apocalyptic world that is pretty much unlike anything out there but other Kirby stuff. Awesome!
I enjoyed this quite a bit. Kooky stories and Kirby is very, very strong here.
Well worth a look.
Dec 19, 2013 Denicemarcell marked it as to-read
got real excited when i saw this in Million Year Picnic, did not leave the store without it.
Michael Stevens
stunning. every page a mind blower. gimmme more
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