Y : the Last Man

Y : the Last Man

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Book - 2003
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Written by Brian K. Vaughan; Art by Pia Guerra and Jos#65533; Marz#65533;, Jr.; Painted Cover by J.G. Jones When a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome, unemployed and unmotivated slacker Yorick Brown suddenly discovers that he is the only male left in a world inhabited solely by women. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, Yorick embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on Earth. But with a gang of feminist extremists and the leader of the Israel Defense Forces hunting him, Yorick's future, as well as that of the human race, may be short-lived.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, 2003.
ISBN: 9781563899805
1563899809
Characteristics: 126 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Guerra, Pia
Alternative Title: Last man
Y, the last man

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Hiding beneath an apocalyptic thriller is a great look at the role of women in a patriarchal society. When all the men are gone it gives us a chance to re-examine woman's place in the scheme of things. Highly recommended.

mvkramer Feb 08, 2017

A post-apocalyptic story with a twist. A mysterious plague kills all the men on Earth - all except one. Yorick Brown must travel across the country with a secret agent and a scientist to try to find out the key to his survival, and the salvation of the human race.

MirandaJo Feb 05, 2017

I haven't had much experience with graphic novels and reading this series was a wonderful introduction to the genre; the story line grabbed my interest right off the bat and kept me wanting more for the entire 10 book series. Even though the books focus on a world with only one man, it is not an overly feminist read. In fact, a very 'masculine' friend of mine recommended this series to me because of how much he liked it. I highly recommend this series!

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GSwanLibrary
Feb 12, 2015

Volume 1 is amazing. The idea of how the world would react to only one last male alive is really high concept, up there with Steve Niles' 30 Days Of Night, Vol. 1 (Just how bad would vampires get in Barrow, Alaska where the sun never rises for 3 months straight in winter?)

I'll keep it spoiler free here, but we'll just say it's not all peachy-keen for the last man alive on earth (not like most guys would like to fantasize LOL). The author adds some very likely problems for our last living Y chromosome that are well thought out and actually quite believable. Also, I like that there is some adult language and situations which appeal to mature readers like myself who aren't into kiddie stuff.

Only thing holding this book back from a full 5 stars is the artwork- which is very good, but not among my all time favorites (Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Ben Templesmith). I really hope that the rest of this series is as legendary as it has the potential to be with such a great start as this.

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

Loved it! One of my favorite graphics :)

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JCLHebahA
May 28, 2014

An intriguing series beginning. Fascinating blend of the political and the post-apocalyptic with dashes of humor thrown in. I'm definitely hooked and plan to keep reading.

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katieobrienful
Sep 28, 2013

Absolutely love this series! I'm rereading them all and enjoying the art and flow of the story just as much as the first time.

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ThomasLove
Jul 05, 2013

SPOILERs. Not amazing, but I'll probably be back for more. A couple gripes with the characters actions though. No way would the president let Yorick leave the White House, it's just way too dangerous. One might say that since she's new to the job, she may have made a rookie mistake, but I didn't buy what Vaughn was selling with that one. Also, no way would Yorick pull off his mask in front of the Amazons just to get a motorcycle. In critical plot turning situations, the characters too often act like humanity is NOT actually at stake while on the other hand, they tend to dive right into the symbolism and morality debate when the author doesn't need a plot point to push the story along. Not his best writing. Check out Saga instead?

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bbailey77
Apr 16, 2013

"Unmanned" is not the best of Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man series, but it does set the stage for one of the best graphic novel adventures you will ever read (it's up there with Brian Wood's DMZ). The art is perfect for this type of story, and BKV's writing is unparalleled in the industry. Read the whole series!

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Aug 18, 2012

My interest in this series was due to the positive experience with Ex-Machina also written by Brian Vaughan. The premise is unique: it tells the story of the only man left on the planet after a biological mishap kills nearly every Y chromosome mammal. Book one is a good start to a promising story. Recommended.

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Feb 12, 2015

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melmwalker Jul 02, 2014

A plague hits the earth a wipes out every living thing that is male, except for Yorick and his pet capuchin monkey Ampersand. What is not the love? Adventure, violence AND a monkey! Make sure you check out more than one volume of this comic as you will burn through the story and need to know what comes next. Will Yorick find out what caused the plague? Can girls run the world? Will Ampersand ever be potty trained? Read on to find out...

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