"Century 22: Out of the Ashes"
Writer/Artist: John Byrne, Alex Sinclair(c)
Back in the pre-Crisis, in Brave & Bold, Batman actually met Kamandi twice. Personally, I never cared for the boy, nor was I a fan of the post disaster scifi genre. Once again the talent behind the tales quickly inveigled me. Batman under the watchful eye of the woefully underrated Jim Aparo became Captain Bat, the leader of the ape-forces that constantly harassed the humans and the friendlier animal men.
Batman of course had his own agenda in playing along with the monkeys and in this tiny blip of a story became intstrumental in deciding that earth's future. Later, Kamandi was transported to the earth-one present, and Batman saves the lad's life. After the Crisis, and depending on the day of the month, the disaster never happens, and Kamandi will become Tommy Tomorrow.
In Generations Mr. Byrne sports his Jack Kirby love with a tale playing with the idea of Kamandi. The surprise at the end is foreshadowed by the artwork. I don't know exactly why, but Mr. Byrne's artwork conveys characterization so subtle, it made the deduction easy.
Apart from Kamandi, Mr. Byrne finds more use than I first thought possible with an eternal Batman, and it's interesting that once again it's his humanity not just the symbolism of his costume that becomes important to the story.
Batman aside, the Powerpuff Supertwins steal most of the book. Lara and Lois we discover are as eternal as Batman and frozen in their eleven year old bodies. This problem could pose all sorts of tomfoolery for a Marvel Max type book, but Mr. Byrne thankfully concentrates on the super-hero aspects and the pure love of life these characters exhibit to make Generations once again a worthwhile purchase for any, though not only, pre-Crisis fan.
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