With a new year comes the long-awaited return of Jack Kirby’s Kamandi to DC’s publishing schedule by way of The Kamandi Challenge, a unique title that sees creators handing off the embattled “last boy on earth” between one another, forcing each issue’s subsequent creative team to solve the cliffhanger set up in the previous chapter.

The first issue, written by DC co-publisher Dan DiDio and Dan Abnett, with art by Scott Koblish, Keith Giffen, and Dale Eaglesham will be released on January 25th. Take a look at the preview pages below to whet your appetite for what looks to be fascinating and unique year-long miniseries. The first issue will be offered with a Bruce Timm cover and variant covers by Giffen and Eaglesham respectively.

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 creative team to resolve it before creating their own. It’s a challenge worthy of “The King” himself! In this premiere issue, the Last Boy on Earth is dragged from his safe haven by a group of tigers, only to face the nightmarish threat of the ultimate weapon!

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  1. Not unique. DC published CHALLENGE in 1985-86, with the same hot-potato premise and 12-issue all-star round-table. I would call it a failed experiment. Hopefully this time it will succeed wildly.

  2. David:

    The reason DC Challenge failed in the 80s, in my opinion, was that they had the whole DC Universe to fall back on– Other words, too many easy outs. Here, they’re just concentrating on one main character, so I believe it’ll go well. I’m sure hoping so, as Kamandi’s always been one of my favorite characters, and his 1970’s title is still one of my all-time favorite books.

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