Graphic Spotlight: Y The Last Man

For the past few months, I have been obsessing over graphic novels, from seemingly obscure to superheroes.  So I thought I’d create a new article category for them.  I am one of those haughty nose raisers, who would turn a blind eye to books and graphic novels I have no interest in… especially with graphic novels.  I have to really like the art, which I have stated before in prior postings.

Y The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

Art by  Pia Guerra &  José Marzán Jr.

Publisher: Vertigo

Release Date: January 2003

Y The Last Man Cover

Synopsis:  “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.

Comments:  This was one of the first graphic novels I read and I still go back to it from time to time to just read a few chapters here and there. The premise, at the time, for me was very fresh and Vaughan, Guerra, and Marzan were able to show the wide arrays of personality and character with the story and art.  At first, I was hesitant in reading this book because … really?  … all the men die, leaving one man in a world filled with women… There’s so much that can go wrong.   You know… such as… every woman he will ever come across will immediately want him and can’t live without him … blah blah blah… Though there is instances of that, those moments are depictions of desperation in a world without men, women desperate to maintain and keep humanity alive – not because they want to bed a man.  There are also women who meets him who couldn’t care about him – he’s better dead than alive.  So… this graphic novel series plays with the idea of single gender ruling the world nicely.  Though if you are seeking definite answers you may be disappointed.  This series focuses on human conditions and what we would do to keep order, control, and hope alive in our lives.

Content Warnings:  (As graphic novels are visual and people tend to get easily offended by visual things, so I am creating this subject head.  Weird how books aren’t as offensive even if they share the same graphic themes as graphic novels.)

Nudity, graphic violence, and adult themes and situations.


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