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Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K.…

Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned

by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra (Illustrator), José Marzán Jr. (Illustrator)

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This review is for the entire run of Y: The Last Man, not any single installment.

In an instant all the men, in fact every mammal with a Y chromosome, all around the world are wiped out. Except for one man and his monkey (and yes, the inevitable Beatles joke does eventually get made). That man, Yorick Brown, and his helper capuchin in training, Ampersand, are taken under the protection of a spy/assassin member of a secret organization answerable only to the President of the USA and sent to meet an expert in (human) cloning to try and discover why Yorick survived and how to continue the human species. And incidentally for Yorick to re-unite with his fiancée, last known to be in Australia.

Of course most of the story is about the troubles of being the only remaining man alive in a world that just lost half its population while trying to travel from New York to Boston to California and eventually most of the rest of the world. How would women react? What sorts of communities would they re-build? The short answer is well and badly, communities of hate and communities of inclusion, all with very recognizable human motivations. There are neo-amazons who set out to destroy any vestige of maleness in the world. There are the ex-cons that were let out of prison (what if the female guards hadn't freed them?) who form a community based around shared pasts and a belief in reform, responsibility and independence. Fanatic nationalists, drug smugglers, post-male feminist activist acting troupes.

Throughout the entire run a variety of possible causes ranging from disease, to curses, to divine retribution, to gaia/evolution re-setting a balance are proposed. The thing they all have in common, aside from never being definitively set as "the" cause, is that every single one of them revolves around the incredible hubris that the actions of a single person caused this to happen. Right along side the obvious parallel of the hubris that a single man could "save" the entire human species.

The story is well told, beautifully illustrated, and plays with a whole range of human emotions and motivations in a fairly believable fashion. If it skims past a lot of the practical details and problems, it at least acknowledges them in passing. My biggest problem is that while any given installment contains some time references like "New York, 10 minutes ago" and "Washington D.C., now" the actual timeline of the entire series of chapters (issues? installments?) is not clearly laid out. And it doesn't help that two chapters might take place in immediate succession, or weeks or months apart. That probably worked fine for anyone reading each installment as it came out each month but if you're reading them in collected and straight through it becomes slightly annoying and distracting. ( )
  grizzly.anderson | Apr 29, 2018 |
Not completely sure how I feel about this one. Definitely didn't draw me in like [b:Saga, Volume 1|15704307|Saga, Volume 1|Brian K. Vaughan|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1351259514s/15704307.jpg|19113524]. I will probably get to the rest of them, but at some point in the future. I don't feel compelled to finish it. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
The concept of this graphic novel series is so cool. I really enjoyed the story so far and liked Yorick as a character - except he was definitely a typical male at certain points, haha. Some of these women are cray. The artwork was cool - it had this dated look to it that I really liked. It added to the atmosphere of the story. ( )
  jdifelice | Jan 20, 2018 |
very interesting premise ( )
  BefuddledPanda | Dec 4, 2017 |
Seems like the start of a very good series. The ideas are smart, the writing mostly good, with some shaky spots. Excellent art - clear, expressive, and modern without any trace of that annoying computer-y feel. Too bad there's no complete collection yet. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
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The ethics of cutting-edge science are at the forefront of the story as well, as will be, I imagine, a conflict between the emotional and ecological sides of sexuality.

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In the summer of 2002, a plague of unknown origin destroyed every last sperm, fetus, and fully developed mammal with a Y chromosome-with the apparent exception of one young man and his male pet. This "gendercide" instantaneously exterminated 48% of the global population, or approximately 2.9 billion men. Now, aided by the mysterious Agent 355, the last human male Yorick Brown must contend with dangerous extremists, a hoped-for reunion with a girlfriend on the other side of the globe, and the search for exactly why he's the only man to survive.… (more)

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