Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Kamandi Challenge #3 Review

It's Made of People

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts and Clem Robins
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 29, 2017

We are back with another Kamandi Challenge and this time we get Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner at the helm and that's a-ok with me.  I love Conner's art and it's rare to get a full issue of it on the DC side of things nowadays.  Plus, Palmiotti ain't no slouch either. So, is the issue any good?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Kamandi falling to what should have been his death except for those giant bats with helmets lending a...claw and taking him to a rundown tanker. The issue then quickly turns sexy as Kamandi is offered a "Creation for the Creator" as we are introduced to the God Watchers.

I must say, the whole God Watchers thing seemed a bit too Jim Jones right away and when Kamandi talks to the bat that saved him, he pretty much confirms that.  Things then go a bit Hale-Bopp and then straight up cannibalism is in the house.

The God Watchers are convinced that Kamandi is the return of their gods, but that is tested as they are attacked by bats like the ones that saved Kamadi earlier.  The bats get their revenge on the God Watchers and Kamandi barely gets away with his life...but not his backpack.  

Things go from bad to worse on Sun Cult Island as Kamandi is captured by tiger people.  After they make Kamandi "beautiful", the issue ends with the Last Boy on Earth going to dinner.

There really isn't a whole lot to this issue.  Kamandi goes from the frying pan into the fire as Palmiotti seems to have his sites on religion and the cults that rise around it.  Amanda Conner's art makes it all look like a fun Saturday Morning cartoon, but the adult nature of the story goes a bit against that.  Still, I am still having fun with the whole challenge concept of this series and can't wait to see what James Tynion goes with next.

Bits and Pieces:

Now that I am used to the "challenge" part of this series, I can kick off my shoes and just enjoy each issue for what it is...a fun little romp to throw a wrench at the next writer.  Jimmy Palmiotti gives readers a little commentary and ends with a crazy cliffhanger and Amanda Conner makes it all look like a fun cartoon.  This series isn't for everyone, but if you dug the first two issues, there is no reason you won't like this.


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