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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth (Y: The Last Man #5)

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WINNER OF THREE EISNER AWARDSYorick Brown, the last man on Earth, finally makes it to San Francisco where his unbalanced sister, Hero, finds him seemingly succumbing to the male-killing plague after losing his still-unused engagement ring to the burqa-clad agents of the Setauket Ring. But is the ring really the key to his survival? And what does it have to do with the myst ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Vertigo (first published September 2004)
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Jenn(ifer)
Feb 26, 2013 Jenn(ifer) rated it liked it
Oh my gosh, am I still reading this series? Yes, yes I am. And, psh, I’m only half-way through. I think it’s time to do a little cost/benefit analysis and make some decisions. Continue reading, hoping for a revival, hoping that the last two books were just mediocre anomalies? Or cut my losses and say farewell to Yorick and the gang before I sink any more of my hard-earned duckets into a story that seems to be devolving with each consecutive volume. Shit. I think I’m going to have to stick it out ...more
Melody
Oct 26, 2014 Melody rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, comic-books
Damn. These are so good. I don't want to read them all in a go but I just can't top reading them. Will have to pick up Vol. 9 and 10 on Friday since those are the only ones I am missing.

If you guys haven't started this series yet started now. this series just gets more and more intense.
Brandon
Oct 31, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it
This series continues to be so incredibly strong, I can't recommend it enough.

In this collection, we find out more about Hero as she struggles to "deprogram" herself from her past as a member of The Amazons. Also, Yorick meets another woman who shares the same name as his missing girlfriend, Beth, and establishes an instant connection.

Probably the biggest part of The Ring of Truth is that we found out why Yorick and Ampersand survived the plague. Well, sort of. We're still unaware of what caused
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Lena
Jul 29, 2016 Lena rated it it was amazing
This is issue was AMAZING! Everything you ever loved about Brian K Vaughan is in this. Good plot, great character development, crazy action, fantastic plot twists and reall funny as well. Apart from the first one this is probably my favourite volume yet!
(Also what happened with Beth? Give me MORE!!! And once gain: not cool Yorrick, not cool)
Irena
Sep 23, 2012 Irena rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by volume 5. I've gone through 4 already and no improvement was in sight (you might have noticed that I was a tiny bit annoyed by Yorick).

At the very start we see Yorick walking into a church, blaming God for the disaster, calling him a fucking asshole. He came to repent for killing a girl (ends up sleeping with Beth II). Usually, I'd rant at this point about what a miserable shit he is, but he says himself: I combine the worst attributes of the adolescent boys who teased
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Nadine
Jun 27, 2016 Nadine rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic volume! I can't wait to pick up the next volume from the library!!
Lindsey Rey
Sep 28, 2014 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!
Kaion
Oct 19, 2012 Kaion rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, graphic, unfinshed
A vast improvement from the previous two volumes in that something important actually happens. Yes, we've finally made it to San Francisco, albeit after another tiresome episode in which Yorick "finds himself spritually" through the romantic/sexual attentions of freshly concocted female character (view spoiler).

The writing even seems aware of this in the not-so-subtle "This is our story so far" summa
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Wing Kee
May 29, 2016 Wing Kee rated it really liked it
Okay more character building.

So far this series has more been about the characters and less about the WHY and that's been great so what does this arc offer? More of the same good character goodness.

World: The art has been great so far and it's just as good as it was before so nothing to report. The world building here is actually quite substantial this time around. With the other ring, the ninja, the church and also the stuff with Mann there is certainly a lot of world building. It's still a ste
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JK
Jan 17, 2015 JK rated it did not like it
Much more of the same. People are still trying to kill them, the number of ‘secret societies’ following the trio is growing, and I’m losing track of everyone’s motives. There’s a great deal of violence, and I don’t care who gets hurt as long as it’s not Ampersand, because he’s a cute little monkey.

We marginally find out why Yorick and Ampersand survived the plague. Dr Mann’s explanation of this, to the non-scientific mind, is incredibly confusing and mediocre. And although she positioned this as
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Jedi JC Daquis
Apr 28, 2013 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was amazing
Finally, I can say that "something happened" in this volume.

The church scene is one of the best I have read so far since the first issue. The confessional conversation with another Beth is a huge breather, after all that happened. The dialogue is top-notch.

There's also a big revelation near the end of the volume, something which is related with the reason why Yorick and Ampersand survived the plague. It was a bit anti-climatic, but at least it is a huge leap. Ring of Truth is bulkier than the fi
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Anja
Ah, we're back on track :)
Loved how the story developed, loved Hero's story, loved Yorick being the nerd he is :D
Didn't like the Beth #1 thing, even though it was just a matter of time.
And, omg, need to know what happened with Beth #2 D:
Maria Kramer
Yorick reunites with Hero! All the other drama in this volume is frankly unnecessary.
Praiz Sophyronja
Nov 27, 2014 Praiz Sophyronja rated it really liked it
Finally, getting some answers...
Clarissa Cardona
Aug 22, 2016 Clarissa Cardona rated it really liked it
So monkey shit is the reason Yorick is alive? And Hero's back!! Halfway through!!
Bhanuj
May 21, 2016 Bhanuj rated it really liked it
Shit! I mean it literally! Shit!

This is getting unputdownable volume by volume.
Mcclane
Apr 14, 2017 Mcclane rated it it was ok
Shelves: graficos
This is starting to get boring. The only thing that redeemed these books were that we got to know more about Hero, but characters keep popping in and out with no reason...now we got spy Samurais in burqas.
Anna
Issue 24: About time XD Beth is awesome. I also really like reading about what happened to characters when the plague hit. GORGEOUS cover.

Issue 25: Lovely little story. Loved the religion bit, and I'm glad we can finally see what's going on with Australian Beth. GORGEOUS cover.

Issue 26: Wow...all there is to know about Hero. Amazing. And GORGEOUS cover, again!

Issue 27: And I didn't think this series could get any more crazy or...surprising.

Issue 28: Ahh, Greek mythology :) And I say, just throw
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Licha
Jan 16, 2015 Licha rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, series
The last half gets 3 stars. First part gets 1 star. I had to stop reading this at the beginning. It was so blasphemous I had to put it down. Not my cup of tea and made me a little sick to my stomach to have read it. After that, I had a hard time enjoying the rest of the book. I don't like reading blasphemous material, and I really don't like reading stuff that's written purely for the act of being blasphemous. Why go there? It added nothing to the story and could just as easily have not been in ...more
Amy Gonzalez
Jul 11, 2012 Amy Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people worried about an apocalypse, magicians, monkey-lovers
Shelves: graphic-novel
Who Runs The World? Girls...literally, in this graphic novel collection.

All the men have died due to a mysterious plague. Except, there is one lone man and his monkey hanging around which gets a bunch of these ladies going to war to either protect or destroy his existence.

I started this series almost two years ago and just finished it this morning! I refused to buy the individual comics and waited for the deluxe editions to come out so I could read right through them.

This last volume was probab
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Samantha
Oct 31, 2016 Samantha rated it liked it
more violent battles with this group and that group. there was a little more movement - they're finally at the lab in california and there's a breakthrough in figuring out why yorick and the monkey survived. there's some weird stuff with talismans but that seems to be a dead end. there's a baby boy now, too, in the hot suite protected from the plague. now that yorick has gotten over his faithfulness to beth, he is practically ready to throw her over for the first new woman he encounters. nice. I ...more
J.M. Hushour
May 30, 2015 J.M. Hushour rated it liked it
Figures I write a review for the last volume about how shitty this comic seems to be getting and then I go and read the next one and it's an improvement. Still, though. Yes, Yorick finally comes to his senses, so to speak, and spreads his sole-man love. He meets some women that aren't crazed lesbians and they finally figure out what's going on with the plague and the monkey and all of that which is, if amusing, kind of ridiculous.
There are some more rampaging women, including a ninja, naturally,
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Jason
Jan 01, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jason by: Musemeche
Yorick continues trying to survive in a world of women and avoid the temptation to cheat on his girlfriend (with whom he still *unbelievably* has not gotten in touch). Like in SAFEWORD (Vol. 4), more questions are finally answered. Just as SAFEWORD developed Yorick's character a bit more, RING OF TRUTH reveals more about the reason why all the men on earth simultaneously hemorrhaged at the mouth and died. Although I think Stephen King's opinion on Y: THE LAST MAN is an overstatement (He called i ...more
Jessica
Jan 15, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jessica by: Rick
I'm still reading these books, though the story is not entirely entertaining. I'm still not entirely sure why I should like any of the characters. They haven't developed any of them in this volume, and it's a surprise after learning a lot in the fourth. And if this "revelation" as to why Yorick and the monkey survived the plague is any indication, I'm not going to be very satisfied with what caused it. The "mystery" of the amulet of Helene was also not as satisfying to learn in accordance to all ...more
Ryan
Jul 28, 2009 Ryan rated it liked it
This volume of Y was about endings, in a lot of ways. Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann finally make their way to San Fransisco, ending their journey to reach Dr. Mann's lab. We also find an explanation for why Yorick and Ampersand were able to survive the gendercide that killed off all of the other males on the planet, and while it wasn't the most satisfying explanation, it's one that allows them to keep the narrative going into its next phase. There wasn't anything really deep or profound, compared to ...more
Hans
Nov 30, 2012 Hans rated it liked it
I've made it through five volumes, but Mr. Vaughan is beginning to lose my interest. Sometimes, the journey is just too long, when there is no end in sight. There is the danger of becoming a soap opera instead of an adventure, as characters and their fraught relationships multiply. Also, Mr. Vaughan's tendency to preach rather than tell a story is increasing, it seems, as the book progresses. But he continues to write excellent dialogue and I'm still compelled to find out what might happen to Yo ...more
Kaisersoze
Aug 11, 2013 Kaisersoze rated it really liked it
A definite improvement on the previous couple of volumes, thanks mainly to some meaingful plot developments. One character's redemptive arc was adeptly handled, and moving the characters out of their geographical comfort zone has a great deal of potential. All in all, looking forward to how Y's story progresses.
Emma Lauren
Jul 04, 2015 Emma Lauren rated it it was amazing
The Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan was the fifth of the Y: The Last Man Saga. This continues the tales of Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann as they continue to find a cure for the "plague." I really enjoyed the beginning parts with "Beth," and the realization of what has kept the two men alive was truly shocking. Cannot wait to read the next set of issues!
Ken Moten
This volume is one of the more comedic, but consequential parts of this story. A lot of crazy happens, but most importantly, we learn why Yorrick and his pet monkey survived the male die-off and...what a story. That's all I will say now. I will probably sip the next volume because many say it is filler, but it was interesting to learn how every thing worked out this time.
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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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