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Y: The Last Man: The Deluxe Edition, Book 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (2003)


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Super fun concept with well developed characters and great art. Couldn't put it down. ( )
  readlifeaway | Aug 21, 2016 |
"But who the hell is shooting at us, Mom?

"Worse... Republicans."

Best line in the book! And it's a decent read, last man on Earth dealing with that "honor" and trying to get to his girlfriend. With his monkey. I wasn't blown away, but I didn't stop reading it either. Still, I won't pick up the next volume, as I don't really have an interest in "what happens next". But again, it was a decent read! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Feb 21, 2016 |
I have finally gotten around to tracking down the first deluxe volume of this highly regarded comic series. It's held up well for a ten year old series and for the most part I really enjoyed it, especially the premise. I'm not quite sure I buy the stability of the civilization after half the population is killed instantly but perhaps I've never considered what only women were the ones left to carry on. A lot of them are pretty calm about the whole thing. It's a little hard to believe. I mean, you are staring down at the end of your species in one generation. The Amazons are also a little hard to find believable. Why torch all the sperm banks? How else are you going to reproduce? Are you a death cult? If you really want all men dead, at least get impregnated and kill all baby boys, that way you are at least reproducing yourself. That part just didn't make any sense to me.
The rest however, is still pretty clever. The Last Man, a nod to Mary Shelly, is a bit of a whiner, but he is still admirable on other fronts. Vaughan can write humor fairly well, but I'm a little worried that we are going to be left in the dark as to what caused the mass die off of men or the reason is going to be shrouded in mysticism and seem implausible. I will find out soon enough because there are only 5 of these deluxe editions and they only take a couple hours to consume. So much work goes into graphic novels only to be devoured in a blink of an eye. That's the name of the game I guess. I look forward to marking this series off my read list finally. It will let me get to some the new exciting stuff that Vaughan is working on like The Private Eye series and We Stand on Guard. Can't wait. ( )
  BenjaminHahn | Jul 11, 2015 |
A mysterious plague kills every being with a Y chromosome, except for a boy named Yorick Brown and his male pet monkey Ampersand. Once it's known that one man has survived, secret agent 355 is assigned to protect Yorick as he finds his way to cloning expert Dr. Mann in Boston, while other groups try to grab Yorick for their own purposes. I was a bit wary of this since I have read something else by the author that I didn't care for at all, but with recommendations coming at me from all directions, I thought I should at least give one a try and I wasn't disappointed at all. There is, of course, a multitude of things to be said about an all-women society depicted by a male author, but I'm going to leave that to those more interested in gender issues than me. The dystopian angle is what I really liked, particularly the issues of day-to-day living. There are a couple of things that irked me slightly (e.g. that the Amazons hack off the "wrong" breast and that Yorick goes nuts in Marrisville without a reason considering the whole world is in mayhem), but it's absolutely a series I plan to continue. The "Deluxe" versions of these books include two of the collected volumes as well as the script for one of the issues. ( )
  -Eva- | Jul 22, 2014 |
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Guerra, PiaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker, discovers that he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome.

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