Kang The Conqueror #1 by Collin Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Is this the origin of Kang? Well, it’s the origin of a Kang. But there’s not just one Kang, that’s kinda’ the point of Kang. The origin presented here is very similar to the origin of Iron Lad/Kid Immortus, who was a version of Kang plucked from the timestream by another Kang before his throat was slit by a bully, supposedly the inciting incident of his villainy, and shown how his life would turn out. This Kang, however, is plucked from the timestream after his throat is cut by a bully, and just as he’s discovered Doctor Doom’s library, which will provide him the key to time travel.
The older Kang is hoping to impart the lessons he’s learned through his long, hard life to the younger Kang while sparing him the heartache and loss that Kang had to got through to learn them for himself.
However, the young Kang rejects the older Kang’s lesson that he should abandon love and, instead, abandons the older to Kang to be killed by the comet that wiped out the dinosaurs.
I thought I had no attachment to Kang, that I’d neve really read much with him in it and so didn’t care about him, but this reminded me just how much I loved Iron Lad, and how similar this Kang is to that Kang. Also, you know, I love time travel stories, and so this comic is right up my street.
The writing is exposition heavy but never boring, and the art is gorgeous. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this series goes.
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