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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland (Y: The Last Man #9)

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WINNER OF THREE EISNER AWARDSFeatured in THE NEW YORK TIMES and on NPR, Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey, Ampersand, and the mysterious Agent 3 ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 9th 2007 by Vertigo (first published May 1st 2007)
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Lindsay
Feb 03, 2012 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who's read the previous 8 volumes
This is a tricky one to review, because while there's a lot I loved about it --- it's very satisfying in a narrative sense, with a lot of long-running threads resolved and tied together, and it gives us much more of Dr. Allison Mann's backstory --- I absolutely hated the answer to the question of what caused the XY-killing plague.

Without going into spoileriffic detail, I'll just say I thought it was an obnoxious injection of magic into what had been a non-magical, realistic world. I have a bioch
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Brandon
So without giving anything away here, we're given the long awaited answer to the plague. Well, it looks that way at this point. Anything can happen with this series (I don't mean that in a bad way). When I was finally shown the reason, it really didn't matter.

Let me clarify. Obviously the reason behind the "gendercide" needs to be given to the audience. It's just that Vaughan has created these characters that are sticking with me. Some people may have problems with the big reveal and I can certa
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Sarah
Easily the best graphic novel I've ever read, in terms of sewing up character development and delving into the fractured souls scrambling about in a less than cheerful world.

Motherland is such a fantastic book, I have a hard time believing that it comes from the same series as Cycles, Paper Dolls and Girl on Girl. So much time has been spent in setting up different story lines and developments by Brian Vaughan, that I had no idea how satisfying his conclusions would become, emotionally and thema
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Andrew
I was ready to rate this volume lower, but I just can't. I only have one more to read, and I have to say this is the most enjoyable and imaginative of the entire series so far. I love the two side stories that the editors decided to put at the end of the book; breaking the order from that in which the original issues were published caused no harm whatsoever, and ending the volume on such a fun, almost meta-note was delightful. Further, they fleshed out this world even more.

SPOILERS BELOW***MAJOR
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Lobeck
In this volume we learn of a theory to explain why almost all people with the Y chromosome died. This story adds lots of historical details that we were never told before and allows the author create an explanation that had not previously been hinted at. This felt suspiciously like an explanation the authors had decided upon last-minute after hooking people with a neat premise without knowing where the story was headed. Regardless of motivation, this style of adding copious amounts of back-story ...more
Licha
Another volume that brought out the tears as the group is ready to part ways. I have grown to care for this group and have been on this journey right along with them, so in a way, I felt like I had to take sides and decide which group I wanted to leave with.

Not really spoilers ahead but warning that if you're not yet at this volume it may reveal plot elements you may not be ready for:

--We get the background story on Dr. Ming and Dr. Mann's father affair.

--Dr. Mann gets sick as a consequence of c
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Hannah  Messler
I finished these up in a few measly days, which is the drag about AWESOME STUFF, unfortunately, that you rip through it like such a piece of hell. Super stoked to read #10, though. I think Britney Spears should play the fucked up Canadian ex-pop star, right? Right? Genius. Angela, I can NOT believe you read these damn things in serial. I would have chewed my own face off.
Patrick
This has always been a comic that moves at the beat of its own drum. Page for page, joke for joke, blood for blood. So why wouldn't it end the suspense 10 episodes short of the finish line. The science just being another metaphor. That's something I so totally admire about the series. It's not about Brian K. Vaughan thinking he's so clever...that what he thought up as the grand reveal is so pompous...that he'd be so self-congratulating and ready to take his victory lap when it happens.

A lesser
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h
there were a handful of nice panels in this one. but really, whatever interesting stuff might be going on completely collapses under the weight of unnecessary heavy-handedness. it's bad enough in the actual story, but the one-off comic that appears (out of order) at the end of this volume is terribly insulting to the audience. if this issue had been earlier in the series i definitely wouldn't have kept on. if you don't trust your readers, why are you bothering? writers, it is not clever to expla ...more
Nick
This is actually my second read of Y: The Last Man, so really this is a review of the entire series, rather than just this one volume. It is one of my favorite stories of all time, by one of my favorite writers of all time.

The Last Man is awesome. In a genre that is dominated by male characters, Vaughan decided to make a series where almost the entire cast is female. The main character, Yorick Brown, is a man, but he is not the dominating force, by any means. Agent 355 and Dr. Mann are just as c
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Rach
Once again, and hopefully for the last time, I was wrong about the identity of Dr. M. I think I'm either really gullible or easily led, because I have yet to guess right about that character. Of course, Dr. M turned out to be (view spoiler) ...more
Jeff
Again Carnevale’s covers are pretty consistently interesting. Best of this lot for my money is for issue 50, which is the Y shape created by monkey+2human hands clasped together. Issue 49’s Y made up of dream-sequence Yorick and Beth also ain’t bad.

The creators are slowly gathering all the principles together for our much anticipated denouement. More Dr. Mann backstory as well as an unholy trinity of blockbuster related Big Reveals, including
WHO is behind all this?
and
HOW did this happen?
Plus t
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Caroline
Aug 08, 2008 Caroline rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Caroline by: Andy
The best volume in the series so far (there's only one left after this)! There's finally a lot of answers to questions that have been running through my head the entire series, and the scenes are full of so much excellent tension that it reads quickly. The last little bit was more of a side-story and wasn't as interesting, but it was still good.

Looking forward to the end!
Morgane
Wait seriously that's what caused the plague?

Really?

Really?
Hans
The train ride towards the final destination aptly catches the feel of the storyline as it cruises towards its grande finale. This book helps to tie up loose ends, providing yet another explanation for the plague, clones and cure. I found the explanation of cloning turning humans into Asexual creatures as the cause of the self-destruction of the Y Chromosome very intriguing. Nature's natural balance to a seismic evolutionary shift which culminates with the Y-chromosome finally achieving complete ...more
Ondra Král
Bože... co se s touhle jinak docela příjemnou sérií děje? Konec osmičky nabral směr WTF a devítka po této cestě uhání jak splašená. Máme tu dvě fílerový povídky a konečně jakési "šokující" odhalení, kde nám hlavní záporák jako tuctový padouch převypráví svůj "mistrovský" plán a asi i důvod, proč došlo ke katastrofě.
*possible spoiler*
Proč klonování? Proboha proč? Vaughane... taková blbost. 8 knížek čekám na nějaké vysvětlení a pak přijde tohle...
1,5* - Pokud budu ctít Goodreadsovské popisky, ta
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Jason McKinney
4 1/2 stars. This was definitely better than the last couple of volumes, but it still wasn't perfect like the ones that came earlier in the series. The upside here is that the plot only focused on 2-3 strands without going all over the place like it has previously. The downside is that this plot (at least in its current form) isn't necessarily one that warrants ten volumes. If there had been more to it, definitely, but at this point, I think it could have been winnowed down to about seven. That ...more
Derson Manhique
Então, o mistério acabou. :)
Paige
I know what killed all the men! I was not over the moon about what it was, but I wont spoil it. Let's just say it was kind of a boring rational reason. On the other hand Dr. Mann's family's hand in all of it was very interesting. I would've rated this book lower, but I loved how they pulled together some of the people from the past and showed what they were doing now. Like the supermodel from the first book makes an appearance. Everything has almost come full circle and I can't wait to find out ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
The penultimate volume of the bit uneven but always titillating “Y: The Last Man” saga wraps up an impressive amount of coalescent plotlines rather nicely as well as offers some dramatic moments of suspense and surprise that utilize a rich cast of characters perfectly.

From a character and plot structure point of view “Motherland” is in fact completely brilliant; the most ambitious and well-realized installment to the series so far. But the nature of the dramatically presented revelations bug me
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Ashley
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Jelinas
We're cranking up for a bang-up finale. Motherland does a great job of ramping up the excitement and keeping the revelations coming at a steady rate.

We finally discover the identity of Toyota's employer, and that leads to several more revelations, some of them devastating. And the reason they're devastating is that Brian K. Vaughan has done an excellent job of setting the reader up for maximum effect.

We finally learn the cause of the "gendercide," but that revelation kind of pales in light of w
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Michael Church
This was pretty great. The main arc was action packed and had fantastic reveals toward the end of the series. There was a bit less development, but the characters are so well developed at this point it doesn't matter

I loved seeing the flashbacks again, especially the one with Dr. Mann. It's one of the things the series does beautifully. Vaughan flawlessly goes back and forth from one story to another. I loved the resolution here and it was moving and intense and great.

The other two stories wer
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Thomas McBryde
Another must read graphic novel! One would think that being the last man on the planet, surrounded by women would be a good thing...turns out it's not.

Meet Yorick, an escape artist, college student, and aspiring showman. Life is good for him. His sister is a paramedic, his mom is a senator, and his beautiful girlfriend is about to become his fiancee. What could go wrong?

In one moment every living thing with a Y chromosome dies. Every single male human or animal erupts in spasms and spews blood a
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Brad
Jul 19, 2008 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Lost (it's what the book cover sez)
Brian K. Vaughan continues his first masterpiece, the story of a man and his monkey, which are the only two males of any species left on Earth after a catastrophic... something.
"Motherland" continues the last book (Kimono Dragons)'s emphasis on the family of Dr. Mann, the geneticist-bent-on-cloning who tags along with Yorick (the titular last man). It wraps up her story pretty well, and even explains why all the guys died, which left me unsatisfied--Brian K. Vaughan references EM fields and the
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Andrea
Some people love this series; some people think it's boring. Obviously I'm on the love side. While the comics run has wrapped up, I collect these in trades so it's not quite over for me until I have trade #10 (and the fat lady sings *warms up vocal cords*). Spoil me and I will end you. I re-read 1-5 (since it's been 2 years) and then stormed through these in one long comic-filled evening.

So, basic premise? Sudden, mysterious illness befalls all male everythings on the planet leaving only Yorick
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LibraryCin
In this volume, we learn more about Allison's background, and about how Yorick became one of the last male species on the planet.

This is one of my favourite volumes in the series. I really liked this one. Some questions are starting to be answered, and the action held my interest, as well. There was one section close to the end that I was a bit confused about, however. I'm hoping what's happening there will be explained in the last volume of the series.
Baal Of
Second to the last volume, and this series takes a dive into the rubbish heap. What a pile of fucking nonsense. The author uses the "hundredth monkey" myth as the basis of the death of the men, and then justifies it using the idea of morphogenetic field, but conflates that concept with Rupert Sheldrake's asinine morphic field, without seeming to realize he's mixing the ideas up. He reports the popular version of the hundredth monkey myth without realizing that it never happened that way, that th ...more
Punk
Graphic Novel. Includes the one where the bad guy explains his plan in intricate detail while menacing our restrained heroes; also The Obituarist marks the return of the supermodel/gravedigger from the first book, and Tragicomic is another one of those self-conscious fourth-wall-breaking things with the acting troupe we've also met before.

I'm not liking the implication that cloning will lead to the extinction of the human race. I know, I know. From the beginning that's been kind of unspoken. But
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Stanley
This issue was mostly more of the same. Mostly decent stuff. However, I didn't really enjoy some of the big reveals and the funny science that went along with it.

At least they started the wrap up process here, though, instead of waiting for the last couple of issues.

I am intrigued how they are going to close it out in volume 10.
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo
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