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

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SC, TPB, in cello, New, Written by Brian K. Vaughan Art by Pia Guerra & José Marzan, Jr. Cover by Massimo Carnevale. Published in July of 2005. Softcover, 144 pages, full color. Cover price $14.99.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Vertigo (first published September 2004)
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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
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...more
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...more
Amy Gonzalez
Jul 11, 2012 Amy Gonzalez rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
Jan 18, 2009 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Jan 01, 2009 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Michael Perry
While I’m still loving this series to pieces, the last volume was getting a bit stale for my taste. I did this with The Walking Dead, I read it for a while but the story became so farfetched that I abandoned around issue 90, which was way longer than I wanted to read. This series was beginning to go nowhere for me, but I’m sticking with it, and glad I did. Vol. V is starting to reveal some plot points started since the beginning, and now has a few twists that has me already reaching for the next...more
This series has lagged in parts, but this volume was excellent. I'm really excited to keep reading and see where things go from here. And now, my favorite line:

"Doc, when I tried to build one of those baking soda volcanoes for the second-grade science fair, I nearly blew off my own testicle. Is there any chance we can dumb down the technobabble about a thousand percent?"
P. Kirby
3.5 stars...

Whole lotta stuff happening. Yorick learns that everything they say about Catholic girls is true, why it's a bad idea to eat canned food if the can is dented, and the value of monkey shit. Hero has an imaginary Amazon friend who tells her cray-zee shit. Agent 355 is still a bad ass. Ninja! Nutjobs in burkhas! And, oh, crap, has anyone seen Ampersand?
Reseña de Laura Fernández · Nota: 8,8 · Reseña en Fantífica

Por fin la cosa empieza a ponerse realmente interesante. Porque hasta la fecha podría decirse que Brian K. Vaughan había estado preparando el terreno. Poniéndonos en situación. Sí, hubo una plaga. Sí, esa plaga acabó de un plumazo con todos los hombres (y seres vivos de cromosoma Y) de la faz de la Tierra, menos con Yorick y su mono, Ampersand, y quién sabe, tal vez todo era cosa del anillo con que pensaba pedirle a su novia (Beth) que s...more
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...more
First of all, we finally found out why Yorick and Ampersand survived the plague. Or did we? I mean, we know why Yorick survived, but not really HOW. Nothing makes sense any more than it did last volume. Like Yorick says, you need to dumb it down for me a little more.

I'm glad to see that Hero appears to be sincere in her effort to fight her inner demons since her Amazon-deprogramming. Stabbing hallucination-Victoria in the eye seems to be a real turning point, but hopefully she can hold onto the...more
A la mitad de la serie y siguiendo en camino. Si pongo en perspectiva todas las aventuras de Yorick, la doctora y 355 la cosa se pone cada vez más disparatada, pero no lo noto en el camino, y de hecho no me extraña tanto tomando cuenta que estamos hablando de un mundo en el que sólo hay mujeres. En este volumen descubrimos lo que aparentemente es la razón de que Yorick siga vivo y tiene más que ver con su mono Ampersand que con el anillo de compromiso para su novia Beth, que parece tener menos i...more
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Like the previous volume, Ring of Truth delivers advancement in character development and plot that make Yorick's journey worth following. In some ways far less brutal than volume four, this book explores the nature of Hero's descent into madness and Yorick's desperate reaction to murder and the meaning of his continued existence.

It's nice to see Vaughan opening up his female characters a little bit, as we've gone through two years without knowing much of Hero's trauma, or what's going on with h...more
When I picked up this volume, it was noticibly thicker than the previous ones. I was worried that the story might drag, but it did anything but. There was so much happening and aside from a few slow parts, I mostly enjoyed this one. Revelations are made and after the two long years of Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann traveling to the lab in San Francisco, you finally get to learn why Yorick and his monkey Ampersand survived the plague and no other men did. I kind of wish the reason would have been some...more
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The premise of Y the last man is super interesting and this book delves deeper into Yorick's adventure, his world, where a unknown cause has wiped out the world's entire male population and species except for Yorick and his pet monkey.
The paperback is essentially divided in 3 parts, the first is where Yorick meets Beth (his girlfriends namesake) in a church amidst interesting circumstances. The plot was gripping and brought out the post apocalypse scenario very well. Would hav...more
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Tongues of Flame...the Other Beth and the Bible story...loved it. This new short and sweet style...a few issues to tell a story has changed everything. And stripping Yorick and his beliefs of 355, Dr. Mann and his loneliness was the perfect move. He's not the character he was when this story started, so he doesn't need them there constantly making his decisions for him.

It's amazing that this came out in 2004, because it is right there with that burst of Lost, Battlestar Galactica and early Heroe...more
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...more
Brittany Rivera
Halfway through and I'm still completely hooked on this series. I just need to get more of the books because I hate the long gaps that I've had between them. Reading 4 and 5 back to back was nice though (yay Christmas). I liked how volume 5 had some lighter moments. The thing I really enjoy most about this series is the humanity of it and everyone struggling just to be human and what that means and where they all fit in without the men around who have defined things for so long. I love that Yori...more
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The pacing for each individual issue is improving, but it's starting to feel like the author is impatient to get where he's going. One minute they're in Kansas, the next they're in Colorado. One minute they're in Colorado, the next they've abruptly been in San Francisco for weeks. That sort of approach might work for a tv series which has breaks between seasons, or for a series of novels in which one assumes time has passed between entries, but for a regularly-published monthly comic book series...more
John Wiswell
Feb 23, 2008 John Wiswell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comics readers, post-apocalyptic readers
As with my earlier reviews, you've got to discount any negative criticisms of this series for its readability. There's a foot of snow on my driveway write now that I really have to shovel, but I couldn't help finishing this volume before going out. I couldn't wait for the next chapter. That kind of narrative force trumps anything else.

This volume opens with a two-part story that's easily my favorite so far. Yorick visits a church in the hope of a little redemption following a gruesome stand-off...more
In this book you get to find out why Yorick survived! And it was just as funny and silly as I imagined the reveal to be. The most interesting part for me was to see Hero's journey and how much the brainwashing from the Amazons has effected her. Also it always seemed like all these bad guys were tracking them and lurking in the background, but there are 2 confrontations in this book and we finally figure out who all these bad guys are (I guess I should be saying gals instead, I really do have Yor...more
Surprises. That's what makes "Ring of Truth" such a great volume.

Yorick, in a fight with some members of a ruthless offshoot of the Culper Ring, loses the engagement ring he had planned to give to Beth. Soon thereafter, he begins developing symptoms of the plague that killed the rest of the men on Earth.

Agent 355 goes on a suicide mission to recover the ring and save Yorick.

This volume also sees the return of Yorick's sister, Hero. The last time we saw her, she was part of a radical group called...more
Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
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The plot moved forward with some interesting twists. Not to spoil anything but it had a good twists involving why Yorick and his pet monkey are the only males alive. The art was great, and show action pretty clearly. This one was a fast read, and is testament to the writers quality dialogue. The character development is still really great. Overall another excellent addition to great comic series.
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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...more
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