So the Kamandi Challenge is a bit different from most comics. So before we get into our first review of this series, here is the concept of this book:
Prepare to take part in one of the greatest adventures from the infinite future of the DC Universe, and join the industry’s top creative teams in a round-robin, no-holds-barred, storytelling extravaganza titled THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE!
Born from the mind of Jack “King” Kirby, the post apocalyptic Earth of Kamandi has been a fan favorite for decades, and now 14 intrepid teams of writers and artists build on this incredible foundation and take the title character on an epic quest to find his long-lost parents and travel to places seen and unseen in the DC Universe.
Each issue will end with an unimaginable cliffhanger, and it’s up to the next creative team to resolve it before creating their own. It’s a challenge worthy of “The King” himself!
Ok so with that out of the way I am going to be talking about Kamandi Challenge #2. As stated above each book ends in a cliffhanger and it is up to the next writer to get Kamandi out of the situation. In issue one we ended with Kamandi in the Tiger Kingdom with a nuclear warhead brought back by their King. He was claiming it was a vessel for the Gods, Kamandi knowing what it really was, wanted out of there and fast. Now I don’t want to spoil this book, so I won’t tell you how Tomasi got Kamandi out of this situation. However, it was very clever and worked quite well with the previous story and Kamandi’s lore.
Tomasi makes this just a fun read all around, dropping little easter eggs along the way. We get to see Superman’s Cape, Wonder Woman’s Sheild, Green Arrow’s quiver and bow, plus Harley Quinn’s mallet. Along with that, he toys around with the Manhunters and some New Gods tie-ins as well. While none of these teases pan out in this issue, it will be fun to see if future writers take advantage of these threads.
Who could forget about art, with Neal Adams and Hi-Fi teaming up for the art on this issue? You really get the classic comic book feel in their work, but with a nice modern twist to it. I have always loved Adams’ crosshatching shading style in his pencils.
Overall this is just a fun book to read, with a great concept behind it. It will be interesting to see in the future if anyone picks up on the threads left behind by Tomasi. I sure hope they do because there is some juicy stuff in there.
Reviewed by Tim
Kamandi Challenge #2
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Neal Adams, Hi-Fi
Published by DC
Release Date: February 22nd, 2017