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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Kamandi - the Last Boy on Earth 56 - the secret of the Translator


Harris, Ayers and Bulanadi reveal the true nature of the Translator in Kamandi - the Last Boy on Earth 56 (April/May 1978).


Picking up from the end of the previous issue, Mylock Bloodstalker and his sidekick show up to arrest Kamandi. Considering that Kamandi is with his pals Spirit, Pyra and Dr. Canus at the time, this proves to be a poor choice of timing. Kamandi fights back, and Spirit uses her new webbing power to bind the two. Pyra is still exhausted from her time inside the Vortex Beast, and needs to recharge in her spaceship, the Translator.


We also learn more about Ben Boxer and his friends Steve and Renzi. No, not their last names. That would be just too thrilling for words. But we do learn that the three were all born at the same time to three scientist couples. The mutation that allows them to turn their bodies into metal also requires that they spend their lives in proximity to each other. Ben is now deathly ill because of the time he spent with Kamandi and away from his brothers. A ritual called Evermore is needed to restore his life. Indeed, they will live forever.


Pyra passes out on the spaceship, and the vehicle goes wildly out of control. Not even Dr. Canus can make it function this time. But Bloodstalker, who has already shown impressive deduction skills in figuring out that Kamandi is searching for Ben, has noticed a major similarity between the mutants and the ship. Unfortunately, before he can fully explain it he gets knocked out by the way the Translator is hurtling out of control.


Kamandi realizes what Bloodstalker was trying to tell him. He depresses the metallic central core of the ship, and it turns into an organic creature. It is a mutant as well, just like Ben and his brothers, with a cyclo-heart. Pyra wakes up right after this and confirms what they already basically know, and explains that the energy being from her world all travel in organic mutant ships like these.


The Translator happens to set them all down right near Ben, Renzi and Steve, who are just starting the rite of Evermore.

The story continues in the next issue.

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