Kamandi Challenge #1
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Kamandi Challenge #1

Writer: Dan Abnett, Dan DiDio Artist: Dale Eaglesham, Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 25, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 8
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Prepare to take part in one of the greatest adventures from the infinite future of the DC Universe, and join the industry's top creative teams in a round-robin, no-holds-barred, storytelling extravaganza titled THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE! Born from the mind of Jack "King" Kirby, the post apocalyptic Earth of Kamandi has been a fan favorite for decades, and now 14 intrepid teams of writers and artists build on this incredible foundation and take the title character on an epic quest to find his long-lost parents and travel to places seen and unseen in the DC Universe.
Each issue will end with an unimaginable cliffhanger, and it's up to the next more

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jan 25, 2017

    This first issue contains the first two chapters, so we get one cliffhanger set up by Didio and Kirby, and then the resolution by Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham. Giffen is great at creating art that is evocative of Kirby, and while Eaglesham doesnt even try to go that route, his renderings of Kamandi and the tigers is just beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jan 25, 2017

    The thing that makes The Kamandi Challenge #1 interesting from an artistic standpoint is its method of creation. 14 different creative teams will work on the series in a round-robin format, with each team writing an issue and ending it on a cliff-hanger that the next team, with no creative indication beyond the script, will have to resolve over the course of an issue before leaving another cliff-hanger for the next team to tackle. As a tribute to Jack Kirby, the issue is weird, dynamic, hilarious, a little goofy, thrilling, and completely irresistible. Much like the King himself. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 25, 2017

    The Kamandi Challenge is an exciting page-turning extravaganza. It's entertaining in a modern way while paying respect to Jack Kirby and the fun his stories bring. The pace is so fast it's easily satisfying every page of the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Feb 1, 2017

    Its all under a cover by the great Bruce Timm and it is all so much fun to experience. Kamandi Challenge #1s only agenda is to entertain and excite. It is not a huge part of this overall marketing tapestry, but a tribute to a man who we owe everything to. Kamandi Challenge #1 screams long live The King, and we love it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 26, 2017

    By narrowing the focus, hopefully this series will avoid that fate. This issue is a fun ride, and I'm looking forward to future chapters! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Jan 25, 2017

    This issue was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. It's entirely unlike anything else on the stands right now, and for that it should be commended. Moreover, you can be guaranteed that every single issue of this comic will give you a lot of action and storytelling for your purchase. It's a quirky book, the seams are definitely exposed, and whether it will make a satisfying story in total is yet to be seen, but for now this issue is a great time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jan 25, 2017

    Everyone involved tries to outdo whoever came before, and whoever's coming after, and we the readers reap the creative rewards. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jan 27, 2017

    The creative challenge is brilliantly enticing to ensure readers return, and the whole package serves as a solid homage to one of comics most influential storytellers. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 25, 2017

    Good natured competition is always fun, and in the Kamandi Challenge DC has a concept that's both inventive and entertaining. The early creative teams do a great job of putting down pieces for the following teams to pick up, with the end page revelations offering equally interesting insight. With 14 creators set to take their turns at the shirtless wheel, this is one challenge you should certainly accept. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Jan 25, 2017

    The first half is driven by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, and before you scurry off, allow me to remind you that their OMAC was one of the best New 52 comics, and also a pretty great Kirby tribute on its own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Mark Henely Jan 25, 2017

    What makes Kamandi special? Kamandi is special because he brings out the best in the people who write and draw him. Also, there is a robot Jack Kirby in this story. If that isn't enough for you, I don't know what is. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 27, 2017

    If the series is going to continue in this manner, then the only thing you can expect is that you won't truly know what to expect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jan 30, 2017

    In some ways, each issue of Kamandi Challenge is about living fast and leaving a beautiful corpse for the next creative team to deal with in 30 days. That seems very anti-Kirby, who was all about creating these rich and grand narratives. He created Kamandi roughly around the same time as he created The Demon and OMAC and after he created the Fourth World saga, all of which are these large worlds that he built up over time in layers, adding narrative block to narrative block to create these concepts that still intrigue and amaze us. Through its artwork, Kamandi Challenge #1 hints at the legacy of Jack Kirby but misses the spirit and chutzpah that Kirby put into each and every page he drew. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 25, 2017

    While I don't think this is going to win any new Kamandi fans, it was a fun enough issue that has a cool carryover concept.  The art was great between the two stories and it did make me happy seeing both creative teams working on something they seem to really care about.  It's hard to recommend this book to people, but if you like books that are a little left from normal, give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 25, 2017

    The Kamandi Challenge #1 is a well-done first issue of a concept that I'm 100% excited for, even if it ends up as a giant clusterschmozz, featuring two different (excellent) artists and a couple of fun cliffhangers. Read Full Review

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