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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
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Published July 1st 2008 by Vertigo (first published June 2008)
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Anasylvia
I can’t properly review this with words. So here is a play by play of my emotions throughout the reading of this epic series.

Meeting the Yorick the last man on Earth:
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Meeting Agent 355:
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Traveling with Yorick and Co:
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All the Plot twists:
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Nearing the end:
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But, loving the way Yorick makes his last move:
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To clarify, this series isn't perfect. It had its ups and downs, and its flaws, but I didn't care about a single one of them.
Now excuse my why I cry
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John Wiswell
Dec 03, 2009 John Wiswell rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who made it this far
It'll be hard to respond to this without spoiling a lot, but here goes...

So we finally bring all the characters together, and all the longing and all the inconvenient things that could happen do. Someone wants to confess something only for someone else to interrupt with another earthshattering event. Who does Yorick want to be with? Y: The Last Man has always had an element of soap opera disguised as philosophy, but this is by far the most heavyhanded and ignorantly blunt volume in the run. The
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Jamil
Jul 12, 2008 Jamil rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
'As far as answers go, it was...vaguely unsatisfying."
Nicki
Sep 01, 2008 Nicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2008
*Spoilers Ahead!*

If I think on it too long I can't help but feel just a little let down by the ending of this series. But, that said, doesn't mean that I'm altogether unhappy with the ending or that I think it should have been done differently.

All mysteries are not fully revealed. I have to think that perhaps that was intentional. We don't always get all the answers in life, right? Society and periods in history (some more than others) are messy and complicated and convoluted and full of holes
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Bonnie
Reflecting on this series, I'm going to say: not impressed.

The series tended to irk me a lot. The idea is still thought-provoking and fascinating (you know the drill by now: what happened if every male mammal was wiped out, besides one Everyman and his monkey). But how Vaughan dealt with it was just ri-fucking-diculous.

You know what, Vaughan? Very little of my life revolves around men and Fighting the Patriarchy. Seriously, is this supposed to be set in the 1960s? Nearly every woman in this th
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Brandon
Nov 06, 2011 Brandon rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start. I'd love to just throw, no shovel, all kinds of praise on this! You know, like when The Academy gave Peter Jackson all those awards for The Return of the King, mostly neglecting the first two (sidebar: I hate those damn Hobbit movies).

Vaughan did everything right, I wouldn't change a damn thing. Part of me wants to do a whole spoiler-ific review but I refuse to neglect peeps who haven't read this, so I'll try and tag appropriately.

You know what, I'm not ashamed
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Praiz Sophyronja
NOOOOOOO. It's finished!!!!

I've tried to delay finishing this incredible series for ages and I'm going to miss all the characters SO much. Yorick, 355., Dr. Mann.. AMPERSAND ugh, all of them! I don't know how to feel about that ending, this whole volume was so intense. The revelations came out of NOWHERE and I'm still reeling from the events.

I'm not quite satisfied with how it ended because there are still so many answers, and this will be one of those tales that will stay with me for years, a
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Craig
Apr 26, 2010 Craig rated it it was amazing
I am very impressed.

When I started reading this series, I was blown away by the first few volumes and couldn't wait to buy the next one to see not only where the story and characters were going, but also to experience the depth of writing.

After a few volumes, though, I felt that the plot and characterization both lagged a bit. While the plot slowed, the characterization didn't really pick up. Some of the middle volumes felt slow and lost.

These last two really picked up the pace, the characteriz
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Ivan
Aug 30, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it
I finished last volume and my overall impression is that it's good series but not without flaws.

Y:The last man is funny and even ridiculous on few occasions but also points out unequalty (there are hardly any female pilots, women that killed their husbands serve more time than men that killed their wives etc...) and on more than occasion ask the question:Is world better off without men?

Flaws?It takes up to volume 3 for story to take off and it takes 1-2 more volumes for Yorick to stop being anno
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Marco
Nov 12, 2008 Marco rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like unflinching excellence.
I imagine I'll update this review to say much, much more later, and to tone down the high minded pretentious to come, but I definitely wanted to write something right here and now, moments after turning the last page, absorbing the last image, and finishing this book (for the first of what will probably be many, many times). But here goes: In many, many truly wonderful and dazzlingly cogent ways, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra have created a smart, funny, thoughtful and seminal work. This serie ...more
Brian
Jan 31, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
I have to judge this series as a whole, and it gets five stars... though some of the individual issues and arcs may not be 5-star. It's got a few places that seem to mis-step, but it's just a fantastic work of writing, of fiction, imagination, knowledge, and insight. Yorick's no hero (pun not intended), nor is he an anti-hero. He grows, he messes up, he does and doesn't come-of-age, and he learns. He also learns that, well, not everyone learns. Not everyone's making the same journey, or wants to ...more
Jordan
Jun 24, 2008 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Alas...

I'm not sure how a book like this with such high expectations could ever end and leave everyone satisfied, but it did the trick for me. Sure, I want to know more. But it wrapped enough up to leave me feeling like the journey is complete. The resolution of Yorick's search for Beth played out pretty much the way I expected and a major plot point was spoiled for me (#!*% Wizard Magazine). But the executions of these moments were so perfect, they were both still shocking when they happened. I
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Kathryn
Mar 19, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Finished. Maybe this is the universal graphic novel, a little something for everyone? I'm sitting here crying because I'm such a big blubberhead and am so depressed about the ending, an ending that could not have happened any other way in order to remain true to the main idea driving the entire series.

I love dystopia fiction, one of my original loves, and this embodies all of the basic dystopian traits, which should serve as fair warning.

An honorable mention for the humor. Very, very funny, as
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Ashish
Y THE LAST MAN is the story of a young man, named Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand, both males in a world where every single male has died. That's right, every male on the planet, not just human males, has died in the world, and this story doesn't go the way you think it would. What caused all the men in the world to die? Well, that's something that's explored most of this series. It's always a question in the back of the reader's mind: Is it mystical?

Ending concludes the series in a compl
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Anna Hakopian
Jan 03, 2016 Anna Hakopian rated it it was ok
Shelves: january-2016
Wow that ending...good series but seriously? It's like all that work and development led to nothing. Speaking of developing, at this point I can discuss Agent 355 and Yoricks's relationship.

We follow them for a five year period on many dangerous missions. They don't get along intially and slowly get along with each other. Their feelings with complicated since Yorick is so keen on reuniting with his fiance. We see bits and pieces of them sharing tender moments and fits of jealousy. However, that
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Lil
Jul 21, 2012 Lil rated it it was amazing
Quite the satisfying read.

I really appreciated that the source of the gendercide was not the point of the series. That kept the series from turning into some silly mystery, sending them off finding clues and figuring out what happened - that would have been pointless. What was interesting was seeing how people adapted, some for the better and some for the much worse. What was most compelling for me was seeing how Yorick grew from an aimless selfish slacker to a self-actualised man - not in any s
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The Crimson Fucker
Aug 24, 2009 The Crimson Fucker rated it liked it
A few days ago I asked Mr. Greg to pick a book for me… he asked me what kind of book you want? And I said something funny… and he did his “I’m not sure I understand humans emotions anymore” look and asked me what is funny? That activated my “you think you crazier than me?” mode… and I’m like: dead people are funny! What you have on the genocide department? He gave me this one and told me it was supposed to be funny in a world were every single man but one is dead! I’m like that’s what’s sup! So ...more
Ariel
Jul 06, 2008 Ariel rated it liked it
Recommended to Ariel by: Sophia
While it was interesting, I really felt that Volume 10 ways sort of a disappointment as a conclusion of such a mostly solidly unique series. Also, it made no sense to me that all the clones would be called after the original person, which just seems like asking for more confusion. I liked the stuff with Ciba and Natalya and Hero and Second Beth, but I seriously but felt like all the pieces didn't add up to a good whole and that the romance directions they took were really quite tacky in the end. ...more
Sarah
Aug 04, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This entire series has been excellent: great concept, solid art, diverse and believable characters and dialogue. Lesser writers could have explored the theme more quickly, but Vaughan has presented a fascinating and detailed exploration of how people cope and change. He did a nice job of summing things up in this last volume, and made a good attempt at a satisfying ending. Good for him for recognizing that most good stories deserve endings, and for finishing the series in a logical way. If I did ...more
Eric
Aug 16, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
A bizarre ending, but probably the only ending that could have made any sense.
lindsie
Dec 15, 2008 lindsie rated it really liked it
The whole series is great, right. Vaughn writes complicated, adult characters caught in the best kind of science fiction trope (Change one law of nature, and see what the social ramifications are. Because really, science fiction is all about relationships – what gets exposed about our interactions, if one thing gets tweaked and we all start to freak out. It's never about the robots or the space ships. Like vampire stories – they're not about monsters or death or even fear. They're about sex, and ...more
Adam
Dec 25, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
My mother-in-law has this whole series down at the vacation home in Florida, so I just read volumes 4 through 10 over the course of a few days.

I think I'm unsatisfied by the way the whole story wrapped up, but tying everything up neatly would have probably been unsatisfying, too. So maybe I'm satisfied. But I'm not. We'll, maybe I am.

Anything this fun and compulsively readable gets a thumbs-up from me, but I've never liked following characters on a picaresque journey that takes several years, th
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Camille
Feb 15, 2015 Camille rated it really liked it
what a great series! funny, sad, action packed, with well developed characters. the end even made me tear up a little.
Melissa
Jul 01, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
2014 re-reading review There is so much fist-shaking at BKV going on at my house right now. B just read the series for the first time & then I re-read it & we have both been sitting around for days, stunned & alternately blazingly angry & tragically mopey about the whole thing. This time around, I find that I CANNOT get over (view spoiler). Dammit BKV! I can't stay mad at you forever, but even though I knew what was coming, you sure kicked in the ...more
Licha
Jan 24, 2015 Licha rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, series
My first review got deleted and I almost did not want to rewrite another review, but I have come to the end of this journey and it just would feel incomplete to not get my last thoughts down on this experience I’ve lived with these characters. This particular last volume (#10) was 4 stars for me, the overall experience was a 3.5. It would have probably been a lot lower but the end redeemed the series as a whole for me.

This issue brought several tears to my eyes and a couple were of the kind wher
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Jean Cherilus
Dec 19, 2015 Jean Cherilus rated it it was amazing
WHAT THE F@#*!KK
I'm kinda salty the way the book ends. I was shocked that they murdered 355, right as she was about to open up to Yorick. I wasn't hoping for a happy ending but geez. I don't know it feels to soon. I like how the cloning works and they end up re-populating the world with more Yorick's, Allison Mann.
It was a great journey with awesome moments and characters. I'm sad it's over.
Tays
Feb 01, 2015 Tays rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-so-far
Well that seemed like a great plot wrap things up. This final volume, it's full of emotions and feels all over. In any case, the storytelling was still as brilliant as the previous volumes. The same goes for the exceptional artwork. Point is, I like how Brian K. Vaughan wrapped it all up. It was elegant and simple and quite a bit tragic. In a way, the whole Shakespearean references were on point.

It's a very great book. A very entertaining tale. Here's to hoping, at one point this would be adapte
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Emma Lauren
Jul 20, 2015 Emma Lauren rated it it was amazing
Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan was the tenth and final of the Y: The Last Man Saga. This follows Yorick and 355 to their final goal in their five year long quest: to find Beth #1. When Yorick and Beth finally meet, interesting and shocking things come to fruition, and with the final climaxing of the Israelis that are following them, this book led to a lot of answers, but also leaves a lot unanswered, and I really appreciate how the story/people in the story move on, and how others don't ...more
Adriana
The big conclusion has everyone converging in Paris for an explosively emotional end to the journey.
This volume being titled “Whys and wherefores” is pretty spot on, mainly because I just kept asking “why?!” as I turned the pages. Not going to lie, I cried at several points and I still can’t believe most of what happens. However, even with the things that were both expected and unexpected, it felt like a perfect ending. Sure we don’t get all the answers and some of the resolutions feel a bit fo
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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).

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