Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles (Y: The Last Man, #2)
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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles (Y: The Last Man #2)

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SC, TPB, NM, NEW, WRITTEN BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN. ART BY PIA GUERRA AND JOSÉ MARZAN, JR.; PAINTED COVER BY J.G. JONES. Published in August of 2003. Softcover, 7X10, 128PG, full color. Cover price $12.99.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Vertigo
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Irena
Before I start this review, he's a picture of all the spots I marked that needed some deep, tedious, thorough analysis! (aka bashing :D)


[ok, so it's blurry but you get the point]

Although the very first page made me cry in despair all over again [Yorick is trying to convince a woman to let him board the train to get out of Boston, but her reply is: With the shipping routes as fucked up as they are, the whole east coast's just about of supplies] because I simply disapprove of how the world is sudd...more
Jenn(ifer)
The Amazons are coming! The Amazons are coming!

“In the summer of 2002, a plague of unknown origin destroyed every last sperm, fetus, and fully developed mammal with a Y chromosome – with the apparent exception of one young man and his pet, a male Capuchin monkey.”

And so begins book two of Y: The Last Man, where there’s a whole lotta crazy going on. The subtitle of book two is “Cycles,” and cycles can refer to many different things: motorcycles, the cycles of birth, growth and death, cycles of se...more
Brandon
This series is shaping up to be one of my all time favorites.

When we last left Yorick, he was trying to travel across the United States with the help of Agent 355 and Dr. Mann. This is especially difficult when most roadways are blocked with abandoned vehicles and other large obstacles. Therefore, the best route of travel? Train. The trip is interrupted quickly when attacked by a gang of women separate from the Amazons. Once again, their journey is thrown into disarray. To go any further in the...more
Jadawulf
I think I have two problems with this story so far that prevent me from loving it. The first is that I'm not that attached to Yorick; I get that he's meant to be an "everyman," but I'm much more interested in the women around him. I want to know what happened to Hero that led to her becoming an Amazon and believing so strongly in what they had to preach. I want to know more about Agent 355 and Dr. Mann (I loved hearing a bit about their back story). Honestly, some of my favorite parts of the com...more
Lobeck
If there were only one man left alive, all the powerful political factions would fight over him and chase him to all ends of the globe and desire to possess him. Ok, yes it's possible. Does anyone else think it's a little male-centered? And on that note, this whole series is in a world largely of women now, and all the authors can do is follow around one cissexual male who is the central figure in a drama with all the women orbiting around him. And the battle of the sexes is on more intensely th...more
Sesana
You know, I think that I would enjoy this series more if it weren't so full of straw feminists. The idea of the Amazons is at least conceptually sound. Given what a horribly traumatic thing the plague must have been to live through, I can see a certain number of women going around the bend in this exact way. But the execution just comes off as feminist bashing, especially since the only good women in the series so far are the ones willing to revolve their lives around the one remaining man. I do...more
Joel
The Amazons really don't work for me.
Anita
Jun 26, 2011 Anita added it
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Rebecca
Jul 30, 2009 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: comic fans
This volume is really heavy on the Amazons, which is unfortunate, because in my opinion, the Amazons are to real feminists what blackface performers are to actual black people. The Amazons are the authors' completely un-subtle representations of everything that people (especially men, but even some women) fear about feminists: They want to castrate men (and not always figuratively)! They want to rule the world! They hate childrearing, domesticity, common decency, and basic morals! Aahhhhh! Hide...more
Julia
The quest of Yorick the last man, Ampersand the capuchin, 355 the secret agent, and Dr Mann the genetic scientist continues in this second installment. The group heads west by train to find Dr. Mann's contingency lab where they can continue experiments to determine what caused the males-only holocaust.

On their way they encounter a highly-functional town of women, battle with the crazy but uncomfortably sympathetic Amazons (the leader of this group is particularly well written, as her anti-male...more
Lindsay
Jan 15, 2008 Lindsay rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: graphic novel fans, apocalypse lit fans
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I liked Volume 2 more than I did Volume 1 because all of the expository shit was out of the way and the real story could begin.
Yorrick and company wind up in a small, idyllic, seemingly all-American town...only it happens to be run by the former inmates of a nearby women's prison. Still, the ex-cons are awesome, and they have a kick-ass showdown with the Amazons. As much as I loathe the Amazons, they are great antagonists here.
Mikael Kuoppala
After a strong opening volume "Unmanned", "Y: The Last Man" continues with its enchanting storytelling with "Cycles" in which Yorik- the only man left alive on Earth after a peculiar mass extinction of the sex- comes across a town that seems to have survived the mass-extinction surprisingly well. Soon it becomes apparent that the town is harboring a secret.

Brian K. Vaughan manages to navigate the second volume through all the most obvious pitfalls of a story so heavily centered on the subject of...more
Becky
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Sarah
Not as strong in overall execution as the first volume, Unmanned, but good in the details. Further dissection of the Daughters of the Amazons and juxtaposition of that cult with the contained, more ordered world created by former female prisoners makes it worth the read, however (look forward to the last two issues for thematic clarity). The artwork remains consistent throughout, none of it jaw-dropping, but with good shading work to define the emotions drifting across each page--with the sunset...more
Curtis
I actually liked this volume better than the first one. From a story standpoint it's a little more interesting.

It still suffers from using too-common literary references. Some of them irked me a good deal, like seriously, come on, how does an English major not know what "crossing the Rubicon" means? The pop culture references also were a bit cutaneous: Anyone who has seen Back to the Future would have made the connection without an explicit mention.

I had a problem, too, with the excessive use of...more
Nada Elfeituri
Okay, it's definitely, definitely, gotten a lot more interesting than the first volume (Unmanned). The plot is starting to pick up pace, and I'm becoming attached to the characters.
Still not liking the way certain things are portrayed, and the little sibling tiff near the end was kind of detracting and annoying, but those are minor. There's a lot of underlying social issues that are being implied and touched upon, and it's not exactly subtle. I'm not reading into them too much at this stage see...more
Robyn
Loved the ending! And I enjoy reading a graphic novel in colour :)
Gavin
OK hmm...I read this a few days ago and I already only remember a bit.
Yorick continues his trip Westward with the doc and Agent 355, only to end up in small town Ohio, where the residents discover his existence, and he discovers a secret of theirs.
Hope (his sister) is still feeling the impact of what she did in Vol. 1, and the Amazons continue trying to track down Yorick to kill him.
There's a long awaited (for me at least) death of a very annoying character, so that was a bonus for sure. There's...more
Josh Scheidler
The basic premise remains inspired and interesting, but the characters and their actions continue to ring false for me. From the militant feminists to the protagonist, the characters just don't feel like real people. Granted, it's hard to know exactly how people would act should all the men on Earth suddenly die, but the vision placed forth here is not very believable. The art continues to be a weak point (the scene where the woman gets a hatchet suddenly buried in her head is executed in a way...more
Fantifica
Reseña de Manu Viciano · Nota: 7,6 · Reseña en Fantífica

(Tomo el relevo de Loren, que escribió la reseña de Y, el último hombre: Sin hombres, primer volumen de la serie, la semana pasada. Esta segunda entrega incluye los números 7 a 12 del cómic original.)

La historia de Ciclos arranca con Yorick y el mono Ampersand —los últimos mamíferos varones vivos del planeta— recién arrojados de un tren y en medio de La Nada, EE.UU., y con la doctora Mann cuidando de la agente 355, que ha quedado malherida...more
Ryan Trepanier
Well, the second installment of Y: The Last Man suffers from the same fault as the first installment...it's not Saga. Short of that, this is a fantastic graphic novel, and I'm loving every second of it. I can't help that I'm just slightly more inclined to Saga than this series.

However, I will say this, Y: The Last Man is far better at "story-telling" than Saga. For that, I appreciate the craft in structuring a story that flows as well as this one does. I'm just not quite as invested in the story...more
Paige
Seriously I'm obsessed with this series! Usually I read graphic novels over a two day period, and it's really leisurely. With these books I sit there and read the whole thing, because it's too good to put down! In this one Yorick finds out that his sister Hero was apart of the Amazons, and that whole exchange was everything I had been waiting for. I really can't wait to get the next one now. (view spoiler)...more
Sue Moro
Yorick's sister, Hero, turns up in the most unlikely of places! I was totally shocked by the first image of her after the plague strikes.

During his travels, Yorick, Agent 355, and Dr. A. Mann encounter many dangers, but they also stumble across a small rural town of women that seems to be thriving amidst all the chaos. Little do they know, however, the women have a secret they want to keep hidden and some will go to extremes to keep it from being discovered. Also, hot on Yorick's heels is the l...more
Kathryn
This was nerve wracking. Excellent writing.
Nikki
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
Susanne
Not a lot happens in this one: Yorrick's en route to California, together with Agent 355 and Dr Mann. A mishap strands them in Marysville, Ohio, where things aren't quite as they seem, and then the Amazons turn up, still on their manhunt. Elsewhere the Israelis are stealing US army helicopters, and we get a brief flash at the end of [spoiler].

Not a lot to say other than I'm really enjoying this series. I do love a good post-apocalypse, where entire populations get their own arc (reeling, recove...more
Gretchen
I read this book in one sitting last night. Granted, it isn't very long, but it's also a very engaging and quick-moving story. This is the second installment in Brian K. Vaughn's series "Y: The Last Man". In this book, Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann are trying to make there way to California to Dr. Mann's backup laboratory after her Boston lab was destroyed. Along the way, they meet an unusual town of women with a secret, and Yorick and his sister Hero, who has joined a militant group of women who re...more
Paul Hamilton
After a concerning first chapter, the second volume of Brian K. Vaughan's guypocalypse opus reveals that, to a certain degree, the story just needed some time to get going. There are still some worrying moments here where the still-detestable Yorick Brown manages to draw the affections of pretty much everyone he meets. The psychology of the women who maybe instinctively understand that this is literally their only option isn't explored so it comes across in this book as if Yorick is just some ma...more
Ashley
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Jelinas
The tale of Yorick Brown, the last man on earth, continues with the landing of three astronauts on earth, including two men. The men are not sure if they'll be affected by the plague, but, if they survive, the number of men on Earth (and the human species' chances of survival) are about to triple.

In each of these volumes, Vaughan brings up some interesting points. Dr. Mann points out that, the longer this plague goes on, the more species are becoming extinct. Day flies have a life span of one da...more
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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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