Y: The Last Man Vol, 1 by Brian K. Vaughan ~Goodreads~
Published by Vertigo 2014 (2008)
Paperback edition 256 pages ~Book Depository~
My lovely boyfriend Sam has introduced me to this series, and I have the others to read on comixology- yay!
Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.
So one day the whole male species is wiped out, all except Yorick and his pet monkey. Nobody knows why, and the set up for volume one explores gender issues, progressive science and the natural order of everything. There’s no explanation for what has caused this plague to happen, but there could be several possibilities.
It’s all chaotic now that there’s only women on the planet; extremists women taking on the role of ancient Amazons and tear off one breast and believe that Mother Earth meant to eradicate the males, hardcore wives of the dead senators show up with guns arguing that they should replace their partners in the new government. Yorick is on a mission to discover why he is the only male (that he’s aware of) to survive, and whether he can make his way to Australia to see his girlfriend.
The circumstances are really thought provoking to think that more than half of the human race has been wiped out, I mean what would that really be like you know? Well Vaughan’s take on it so far is absolutely superb and perhaps quite an accurate outlook, especially of the kind of cat fighting between the women wanting to show off their dominance over others. Yet there’s still that kind of “sisterhood” vibe going on, so I think its not all bad and overbearing as I would imagine it to be.
The cliffhanger was spectacular, and all I could think of was what was running through the minds of the women seeing this one man left- again very thought provoking.
I really enjoyed this first volume, there’s Vaughan’s exquisite humour and he upholds plenty of suspense within every page and the artwork is well crafted. I can tell already this is long to be a long and fulfilling series to read, and I can’t wait to begin reading Volume 2. If you like these kind of dystopia genre stories then I think you’ll like this!