Friday, September 5, 2014

Comics Friday: Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn

From Goodreads:
"Y" is none other than unemployed escape artist Yorick Brown (his father was a Shakespeare buff), and he's seemingly the only male human left alive after a mysterious plague kills all Y-chromosome carriers on earth. But why are he and his faithful companion, the often testy male monkey Ampersand, still alive? He sets out to find the answer (and his girlfriend), while running from angry female Republicans (now running the government), Amazon wannabes that include his own sister (seemingly brainwashed), and other threats. 
I've used the description and image of the first book in this series, but I'm going to be reviewing (spoiler free) the series (10 total) as a whole.

I reviewed Vaughan's Saga on here a few months ago and raved about the quality of the writing, particularly characterization.  This earlier work is not an exception.  I'm really finding that I enjoy his writing and sense of style.  Once again, in Y, the characters are fabulous.  I loved the variety as far as types of characters as well as the consistency and development of the recurring characters.  One of my favorite things Vaughan does in this series is that he somehow weaves in these incredibly meta moments, when the characters address exactly what the reader is wondering at exactly the right moment.

Entertainment Value
So great!  I was totally into this series and even convinced Luke to read them with me.  I wish my library had had them in the larger volumes because I would have torn through them faster, but it was also nice to stretch it out by knowing I had a comic I'd definitely enjoy waiting for me at the library each week.  In my attempts to use Fridays as my day for comics and graphic novels, I've come across some real duds, but I knew I could count on this one to consistently amaze me.

Beautifully done.  Fun to look at and paired to perfection with the writing.  I have absolutely nothing but good things to report.

This is such a great jumping off point for comics.  It's short enough (10 issues) that it's not intimidating and it's a self-contained story, so readers don't have to worry about back story and alternate universes and all of those things that completely overwhelm readers like me.  And it's already complete, so it can be read start to finish.  Particularly if you're already intrigued by post-apocalyptic settings, this would be an ideal comic to start with.  My only warning is that there is some sex and nudity, as in Saga, but, in a world without men, sexual violence is non-existent, which was refreshing.  I highly recommend this one.

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