Ah, another month and another issue of Kamandi Challenge. So far this has been a wild ride for Kamandi, from one crazy kingdom to another in this new world. The last issue we ended with Manhunters chasing Kamandi off a cliff to his certain doom?! With Palmiotti and Conner picking up where Tomasi and Neil left off, it’s a wild ride.
Kamandi lands in a new kingdom in this unknown world, where they are already worshiping him as a messenger of the gods. While these people may worship Kamandi, they are not what they would seem. We end up finding out more about them as the story progresses and it is a bit terrifying.
Along the way, there are small peaks into Kamandi’s previous life but just hints here and there. Yet nothing major seems to happen in this story, there is a lot of information given out. However, none of that really feels like it matters, as the characters we meet ultimately don’t matter by the end of the comic. With the exception of Vila, who might become more of a fixture in the story as we go.
Art wise, I am a fan of Amanda conner and she really shines here. With so many different types of characters here it is fun to see how she handles them. In particular, the way she draws facial expressions is just so satisfying. Throw in the vibrant colors by Paul Mounts and this is one good looking comic.
As a sort of side effect to the conditions of the Kamandi Challenge, we meet a lot of new characters that just won’t be there next comic. Almost as if Kamandi is just “passing through” these towns en route to the next adventure. It will be interesting to see how this will wrap up or even if there is an overarching story with a true ending in sight. The best part of this series so far is seeing what crazy position they can put Kamandi in by the end of the issue. Leaving the next creative team with some outrageous scenario to get out of.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Kamandi Challenge #3
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Clem Robins
Published by DC
Release Date: March 29th, 2017