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- This is how it always ends, doesn't it? It's always a battle, it's always a war...that's all people ever do when they come together...
- — Kamandi src
Born after a Great Disaster which resulted in the destruction of humanity and the rise of warring factions of anthropomorphic animals, the boy who came to be known as "Kamandi" was raised isolated in a small town, unaware that it was in fact a bunker with every person within being an android designed to protect, teach, and socialize with him. Eventually, rat soldiers discovered this safe haven and invaded. His "grandmother" Iris knew that this day would come and revealed a portal device, forcing him through it and telling him that finding his parents was key to saving the planet. As the force of the portal rendered him unconscious, he heard someone tell him to remember "Command D".
Once through, the boy was captured by subjects of Tiger City, who mistook his delirious muttering of "Command D" as his name, spelling it Kamandi. The animals were baffled to hear intelligent speech from a human, dismissing it as mere imitation. In his escape, Kamandi encountered the Mobius Chair and accidentally activated it, teleporting himself and his captors, Doctor Canus and the tiger Prince Tuftan, to the outskirts of a "wild human reserve". Manhunters approached them and incapacitated Kamandi's captors, leaving just enough time for Kamandi to jump off of a cliff to flee.
He was rescued by a faction of animals called the God Watchers, who reside on an abandoned human ship. Due to a photograph of a young Kamandi and his parents having once fallen from the sky, the animals believed him to be a prophet they have been waiting for. They gifted him a plant-humanoid creation named Vila as food, but Kamandi refused to eat her and treated her as a friend instead. After their hosts were attacked by a bat community, Kamandi and Vila fled.
Eventually, Kamandi united with a shark faction in an assault against a large tower from which indiscriminate killer robots were made and unleased. There he finds that the commander was an android facsimile of his mother, who claimed she had him placed in the bunker he was raised in to protect him during a war against androids. However, it was quickly found to be a ruse designed by a morbid alien called "The Misfit", who sought to capture Kamandi and claimed that his father was also alive as his captive. After finally defeating The Misfit and his forces, a rat commander told Kamandi that he knew things would end this way because of a stack of comic books. Using a magic artifact, the rat commander transports Kamandi into a strange realm where he meets his "father" -- Jack Kirby.
Kirby told him that he can make anything real and offered him three wishes. For his first wish Kamandi asked to find to his parents, which he had been told would help him save the world. Landing back in his old bedroom, a video message from both of his birth parents played, telling him that if he is watching it then they have passed on. Upset to find that they were dead all along, Kamandi approached Kirby for wish #2 -- to bring him all of the tribe leaders, so that they may find a solution that benefits all of them as united Earthlings. While there, he reunited with Vila and successfully appealed to the animals. For his 3rd and final wish, Kirby told him to simply say his name with the proper stress on the 3rd syllable -- "Command D". With this, Kamandi was transported into a seemingly safe town and back into a normal life, thinking all of what happened to him was a dream.
At some point, Kamandi ventured back out of the bunker into the wild world. He once encountered Rose Forrest when she stole Superman's suit, now a precious artifact, from a primate village in response to rumors that wearing it would give a person the famed hero's abilities. Wishing they could get along so he could speak to another human, he attempted to reason with her to no avail. He also eventually reunited with Doctor Canus and Prince Tuftan.
When Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman travel to the future in order to find the means to stop Perpetua, they were introduced to Kamandi. The time-displaced Justice League were the first humans he had seen in years, and they were in turn heartbroken but impressed to find that he had been fighting bravely as a lone human for so long. For two weeks, his world had been under Brainiac's control (a ripple effect from the crisis in their time) and he accompanied the League members when they departed on an old ship to a different future in search of the totality.
After they freed the Justice Legion from their enslavement, they fought Brainiac One Million together. When it became apparent that the odds were against them, Kamandi commandeered the ship alone to multiple futures, gathering and transporting enough heroes to help fight against Brainiac. After the battle, Kamandi stayed with the Prime Earth's Justice League as they returned their original time to help finish the fight, but when Starman was killed, the plan went south. Kamandi joined heroes from across time and space as they made a final stand, defending the Hall of Justice as the League's core members faced off against Perpetua and her forces.
Powers and Abilities
- Kamandi was created by Jack Kirby, first appearing in Kamandi #1. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Kamandi first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in The Kamandi Challenge #1 by Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham.
- Cameron may be his birth name, having apparently gone by it during his childhood in the bunker; however, he admits that he is not entirely sure of this.
- During his years living in the bunker, Kamandi kept posters of Superman and Batman in his bedroom.
- Kamandi Recommended Reading
- 27 Appearances of Kamandi (Prime Earth)
- 13 Images featuring Kamandi (Prime Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Kamandi (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Kamandi (Prime Earth)
- The Kamandi Challenge #1
- The Kamandi Challenge #2
- The Kamandi Challenge #3
- The Kamandi Challenge #11
- The Kamandi Challenge #12
- Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1
- Justice League (Volume 4) #30
- Justice League (Volume 4) #31
- Justice League (Volume 4) #32
- Justice League (Volume 4) #33
- Justice League (Volume 4) #34
- Justice League (Volume 4) #36
- Justice League (Volume 4) #39
- The Kamandi Challenge #12