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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Kamandi - the Last Boy on Earth 55 - the Vortex Beast

Harris and Ayers are joined by Danny Bulanadi for Kamandi - the Last Boy on Earth 55 (Feb/March 1978).

Kamandi and Canus load the cocoon containing Spirit onto Pyra's ship when a whole bunch of tigers come storming by. For once they are not after Kamandi, they are fleeing from the Vortex Beats, a kind of albino ape with a trunk that can absorb any and all energy. For much the story the characters are either on the run from the Beast, or attempting to kill it with various forms of energy that it simply absorbs.

Towards the end of the tale Spirit emerges from her cocoon. Her mind is now much sharper, and she is able to speak properly. She also has acquired he web spinning abilities of the caterpillars. Pyra turns herself back into pure energy and allows herself to be absorbed by the Vortex Beast, as an attempt to control it from the inside.

This kind of works, but not too well. It does allow Pyra to hold the Vortex Beast while Spirit uses her webbing to encase it. This causes the Vortex Beast to explode, expelling all the energy it had absorbed, including Pyra.

The characters are all feeling really pleased with themselves, but then Bloodstalk and his sidekick show up to arrest Kamandi at the close of the tale.

The story continues in the next issue.

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