Kamandi, Jack Kirby’s beloved post-apocalyptic Last Boy on Earth, fights for his survival and the fate of all humankind in a world overrun by intelligent tigers, giant robot leopards, edible plant people and even more wonders. But this is no ordinary comics story. Each all-star creative team leaves Kamandi in a death-defying cliffhanger, and it’s up to the next storytellers to pick up the gauntlet and figure out how Kamandi will survive! The result is a wild comics ride that’s worthy of the King himself! Take up the challenge and see how a combination of comics legends and today’s best creators–including Tom King (Batman), Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables), Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Ivan Reis (Justice League), Walter Simonson (Orion) and more–set out the ultimate challenge for their fellow creators! Collects The Kamandi Challenge #1-12.
I found this complete collection at a local book thrift store and devoured it all in a single reading session. It’s intentionally cheesy, intentionally weird, and made me stop and think at the end of every issue, “how is he going to survive?!”. More importantly, it was ‘how is the author of this story’ going to save him, as well as “how was the author of the previous story going to do it” which then prompts, “If I were going to write it, how would he be saved?”. There’s two parts of this book that really struck me, one was an ending where Kamandi’s entire set of internal organs had been taken out and put in jars, and yet he barely lived (I would have done differently what they did to save him), and another entire story that was written by Kevin Eastman of TMNT fame.