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Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus Vol. 2 Hardcover – December 18, 2012
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But there are some flaws in its book design that I just don't understand. Issue 32 (as is plainly evident in the text on the reprinted cover) had a two-page global map of Kamandi's world (expanding on the one-page map of just the Western hemisphere that appeared in KAMANDI # 1). But for reasons that make absolutely no sense, the 2-page global map is not included in the this book.
Further, there are 10 pages of the book (pages 74, 96, 118, 124, 162, 184, 206, 226, 308, and 404) where enlarged sections of that not-included global map are used as filler pages, almost none of which are map-section regions relevant to the stories these pages are placed with. It makes absolutely no sense!
Also missing from the reprint of issue 32 (again promoted on the # 32 cover) is a behind-the-scenes 4-page text feature about artist Jack Kirby, incuding photos of Kirby, his home, and art from the KAMANDI series. It would have been nice to have these photos reprinted with better quality. No explanation why it was not included.
One other thing that bothered me about this KAMANDI Omnibus Vol 2, is that the other Omnibus books (OMAC, THE LOSERS, and especially THE DEMON) all included previously unused pages, and uninked pencil versions of covers. This one does not. I would have settled for just not excluding the 2-page map and 4-page Kirby text feature. And DC, don't tell me there wasn't room.Read more ›
Writer/artist Jack Kirby may not have had the greatest dialogue but the art is amazing and the stories send Kamandi off on one epic adventure after another.
This second omnibus edition reprints Kamandi issues 21 - 40, the last of the Kirby-drawn issues. The paper is somewhere between high-end newsprint and the fancier paper DC uses in its Archive editions, and I think it works perfectly for these stories. The line art and text is always clear, the colors pop without being garish and the somewhat cheaper paper allows the book to not be quite as thick or as expensive as it would be otherwise.
However - I agree wholeheartedly, and reluctantly, with the reviewer who comments on the guttering problem that DC seemingly refuses to address, which is evident in this otherwise wondrous Kamandi Volume 2 (and Volume 1). A little wider page and more space left in the inner gutter is needed to show the whole page in most of their recent volumes. For the love-of-Kirby get yourself a new Printing and Binding company. This is dreadful, destructive, useless page-binding... and all involved on this book at DC must know it. You know it. You look at it when it's bound, and you know it. It's not a mystery. You just LOOK AT IT. Have a meeting at DC. Pass the Kamandi Volume 2 around. Fix it. Never, never, never do this again.Read more ›
Update (May 2016): With DC Comics' recent announcement of the DC Challenge Kamandi maxiseries [...], perhaps they will also consider publishing a Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth Omnibus Volume 3 to finish the remaining 19 issues of the original series. I would urge Kamandi to contact DC Comics at their context webpage[...] to lobby them to release an Omnibus Volume 3.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
KAMANDI Vol. 2 collects the final issues of Kirby's run on the title. As I was reading this book the word that kept coming to my mind was "frantic". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hwy61Joe
Some people find this series derivative of Planet of the Apes but I think Kirby is at his best here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by thirdtwin
i hope someday they complete the series. does anyone know if it has been. i haven't seen it. enjoyed this when i was younger.Published 12 months ago by elf lord
Jack Kirby does a great job on doing his own version of Planet of the Apes with more animals than apes.Published 15 months ago by Joshua R. Rollins
I loved the earlier Kamandi stories, but Vol. 2 has so much more to give the reader. This was considered by many to be the weakest of Jack Kirby's creations at DC, said to be too... Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Ricky Killingsworth
DC needs to proof a book before they send it out. You should absolutely buy this but the fact the art gets lost in the crease of the binding is a big disappointmentPublished on January 27, 2014 by Joshua M Lemley
Volume 2 is now out and it's pretty great to have one of my all time favorite comic books in a hardbound edition. Wooo hoooo. Jack Kirby LIVES ON.Published on December 7, 2013 by R. Long
During the 70s & the Planet Of The Apes craze.. Jack 'King'Kirby created Kamandi the last boy on Earth. Talking animals Rule The Planet.. Amazing Pencils great stories.. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by MetalMovieMayhem