The longer this series goes on the more I enjoy it, with great art and a fun story in each issue how could you not? Each creator is given a loose set of rules and then they get to go explore and have fun in the world. In this issue specifically, you can see that the team here is having fun with the concept and playing in the world. Where Tynion IV is giving a lot of narratives around the characters, giving more depth to seemingly throwaway characters. Yet that’s half the fun of what’s going on here. The creative teams get to write and draw themselves out of the situation left for them. Then they get to set up the next team with a big cliffhanger.
With Carlos D’Anda the art here is truly amazing. From the full page spreads to the oddly satisfying chunky panel borders. D’Anda’s pencil work here is simply gorgeous, giving a slightly cartoonish feeling but is oh so clean. Paired with Eltaeb’s color work bringing life to each panel and making it pop. In particular how Eltaeb uses color to show brightness in lights is quite astounding. Making the pages actually feel brighter and giving depth to the panels. Overall this issue is one of the strongest artistically so far, but the issues before this were no slouches either.
When the creative teams are having fun you can really tell and this issue is an example of that. Kamandi Challenge is just a lot of fun to read, nothing too deep or hidden meanings, just plain old fun. TynionIV nailed the spirit of this book, delivering an over the top story mixed with compelling characters and never taking it too seriously. Leaving Kamandi in a Mad Max type situation, it will be interesting to see how the next team gets Kamandi out alive.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Kamandi Challenge #4
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by: Carlos D’Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Clem Robins
Published by DC
Release Date: April 26th, 2017