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

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (edition 2003)

by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra (Illustrator)

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Title:Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Authors:Brian K. Vaughan
Other authors:Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (2003), Edition: aFirst Edition First Printing, Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:adventure, apocalypse, comic book, dystopia, feminism, fiction, graphic novel, plague, post-apocalyptic, science fiction, speculative fiction

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

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Y: The Last Man sounds like it would be exactly my thing - all of the men in the world spontaneously die except one (and a male monkey). The women need to rebuild the country, while figuring out what happened to all the males of the world. The general story is interesting and the art is fine.

However, the execution is terrible. This is a story in which all the men are dead except one, and it does not pass the Bechdel test. All of the women are obsessed with talking about the men who have died, or with the one remaining man, and very very few of them are at all concerned with the fact that all life on the planet is fucking doomed. The villains of this volume are the Feminists (why?) who go around destroying the legacy of and monuments to men (why?) until they learn that one man survived and then they try to find him so they can kill him (why?). While it's nice to see hundreds of women in a comic book, none of them are fully-developed characters, and the whole thing reads like some dude's fantasy about living in a world filled with only women who have to worship him.

The world-building is very inconsistent as well. If half the population of the world dropped dead it would definitely be crippling, but I don't know if I believe that there would be no electricity and travelers would have to WALK from DC to Boston and sleep on the streets instead of in a hotel.

For a story that is fundamentally about gender, it really misses the mark. ( )
  norabelle414 | May 8, 2016 |
Really interesting premise - last man on Earth. Great writing by Vaughan. ( )
  StefanieGeeks | Mar 17, 2016 |
It didn't grab my attention right away and the story hasn't really pulled me in, but I'm willing to keep going to see what happens next. ( )
  ShayLRoss | Mar 16, 2016 |
Every male mammal on earth abruptly dies, leaving behind only females--and laid-back would-be-magician Yorrick. Yorrick is by far the least interesting part of this series. The world building the women left behind do is far cooler. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
It's a 60 issues series, divided in 10 vol. It starts when a plague wipes out of Earth every living thing with an Y chromosome, but one guy and his monkey. A critic view over humanity and how some things are not exclusively to one gender. The story is great and the drawings are fantastic. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
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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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Brian K. Vaughanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guerra, PiaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Guerra, PiaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Marzán Jr., JoséIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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