Kamandi was one of the first recruits to save the DC Universe in Generations and the Last Boy on Earth has a new, vital mission.
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One of the bleakest depictions of the future for the DC Universe belongs to Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth, who struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated largely by anthropomorphic animals while the vast majority of humanity was rendered feral. Taking place sometime after Earth endured a mysterious cataclysmic effect known simply as the Great Disaster, Kamandi set out to find a way to restore human sentience and rebuild civilization from the ashes of the old world while eluding the animalistic, barbaric warlords that had risen to power since humanity’s fall.
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And at the end of Generations Forged, Kamandi is given a mission for the fate of the entire DCU: Rebuild the world in time to create a hopeful home for the superheroes of the far future.
Generations had Kamandi join a team of heroes, recruited from the various eras of DC history, to defend the space-time continuum from the villainous Dominus. Kamandi was among the first heroes to be recruited, approached by an older version of Booster Gold and inheriting his own bracer iteration of the time-traveling figure’s loyal robot companion Skeets attached to his arm. After being stranded across time, the heroes regrouped to defeat Dominus once and for all, saving the fabric of space and time throughout the DCU, team leaders Waverider and the elder Booster address Kamandi’s immediate fate next.
While initially resistant to return to his own time period after getting to spend time with other sentient humans for the first time in his entire life, Booster and Waverider inform Kamandi it’s of the utmost importance that Kamandi rebuild civilization during his time. Centuries further into the future, Earth must be restored to a place of hope and technology as seen by the timelines of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st century and DC One Million in the 853rd century. Resigned to the fact that it may be a long time before he is able to carry a conversation with humans again, Kamandi dejectedly agrees as he returns to his time.
When Jack Kirby originally introduced Kamandi in 1972’s Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #1, Kamandi’s world was only loosely connected to the main DCU. Superman’s costume was discovered across Kamandi’s travels as a worshipped relic, with the revelation that the Man of Steel failed to stop the Great Disaster from coming to pass. After Kirby’s tenure, Kamandi’s world was established as a separate timeline from the Legion of Super-Heroes altogether while the weekly series Countdown to Final Crisis revealed that Kamandi was from the alternate universe of Earth-51. DC Rebirth reestablished that Kamandi’s world took place in the main DCU, centuries before the Legion of Super-Heroes formed.
Kamandi’s adventures have always been a fairly lonely one, as the only human to evade the cataclysmic effects of the Great Disaster. And while Kamandi’s time interacting with his fellow DC heroes is all-too-brief, he knows that his actions back in his own timeline won’t be in vain as he has seen heroes active centuries beyond his own time in action.
While it’s unclear how or how long it will take Kamandi to save the eventual future of the DCU, the Last Boy on Earth will be successful in his vital role of shaping the entire universe from the ashes of disaster.
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