Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Series: Y: The Last Man #1 & #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
What if, suddenly, all the men on the planet up and dead? What if one survived? What if he had been right in the middle to proposing to his girlfriend at the time?
Y: The Last Man is set two months after the fact. Yorick, the 22-year-old last man standing, is on his way to D.C. to hopefully reunite with his mother and find out the whereabouts of his sister. Along with him is his trusty sidekick monkey, Ampersand.
I am usually pretty picky when it comes to graphic novels, comics, mangas, etc, but this one caught me right at the get go. It throws you into the world right at the heart of the adventure, with the story being told in the perspective of a bunch of different groups of people all over the world. Being the last man standing, Yorick is of course the main attraction, but he's hardly my favorite character.
In this opening volume of the series alone, we encounter:
- democrats bearing arms against republicans (who are also bearing arms) as the wives of dead senators and congressmen try to take their seats in Washington, even though it doesn't seem like there is much of a stable government left
- a doctor who thinks she might have caused the whole thing but giving birth to a clone who dies immediately as all the other men on earth
- a group of crazy women called the Amazons that hack off one of their own boobs for one reason or another
- a band of criminal women escaped from jail
- Agent 355
- a crazy Russian woman
- and, of course, the last man on Earth, who happens to be a lovesick sap. I honestly thought the last man on Earth would take get pleasure in the fact that it is his sole purpose to repopulate the planet. Yorick, though, seems to only want to get to Australia, to see if his girlfriend, Beth, said yes to his marriage proposal. Don't get me wrong, it's kind of sweet, but also incredibly selfish. How about you take one from the team (i.e. the human race) and focus on figuring out what killed all the men so that our species doesn't die out in the next 100 years? Please and thank you.
A fantastic, quick read. I will definitely be devouring the next volume. I am just hoping Yorick becomes more likable, and I really didn't start liking him/tolerating him until towards the end of the novel. And even then, the decisions he makes kind of annoy me still. But, alas, perhaps that is because I am a woman.
The ending I kind of expected, but it's still definitely going to be interesting to see how it plays out. And there are some real shockers in here I never would have guessed (one word: Hero). A great start to a series I am super excited about.