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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons (Y: The Last Man #8)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  23,394 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
If you're looking for a comic book that falls outside of the usual superhero fare, Y: The Last Man is one of the top choices around. A creation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerrera, it's a post-apocalyptic story in which a mysterious virus has wiped out every male on Earth, except a young man named Yorick and his monkey, Ampersand. In the eighth trade paperback, Kimono Dra ...more
Published December 22nd 2006 by DC Comics (first published November 2006)
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Nov 04, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix, fiction, 2011, vertigo
I was beginning to worry after finishing the last book that the story was starting to decline. Believe me, I was very nervous!

Vaughan appears to indicate that some time has passed since the last collection. It's easy to tell in the fact that at the very least, everyone has slightly longer hair. Yep, Yorick is rocking some lengthy locks.

It's worth noting that some serious stuff goes down in this issue. Which is a breath of fresh air considering the non-events in book 7. We also see the return of
The story is gearing up towards what might just be a very explosive ending. Ampersand is finally found, the truth about Yorick is out, Dr. Mann’s back-story is explored, and if that weren’t enough, we also get a look at what makes Alter tick.
Vaughan’s writing has gone back to the organized chaos that I liked so much in the first volumes. Events happen pell-mell, one after another, but they feel like part of a whole instead of glimpses of it.
Let’s hope it’s a sign that things will continue to im
Dec 08, 2015 Thane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


And so begins the slow decent into idiocy, ignorance, cliched writing, and really atrociously racist artwork.

So, a white lady is in charge of the Yakuza y'all. Because poor backwards Japanese people!

I saw this won three Eisner awards and I mean, like, thanks comics industry. Thanks for continuously awarding anything that at all upholds the stereotypes o
Aug 02, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Maybe it's because I just finished some amazing epic fantasy (A Dance With Dragons), or maybe I'm just not in the mood, but this volume just felt silly to me. Like I couldn't figure out why I'm still reading this series, even though I've enjoyed it for the most part.

It has gotten a bit stale, but there was some interesting backstory from a couple different characters here. The thing is, I've realized that I don't really care about any of the characters. Yorick could die, and I'd probably be sur
Aug 31, 2015 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, comic-trades
NOOooo I am almost done with this series. I don't want it to be over but at the same time I WANT TO KNOW!!! So good. I am taking my time with this series. Cherishing it as much as I can.
Jun 04, 2016 Bhanuj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-comics
The past. The Present and The Laugh.

Just when I thought humor is slipping away, Yorrick strikes again.
Jan 19, 2015 Licha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, series
3.5 stars. It's somewhat difficult to rate sections of one whole story. Sometimes it's really good, at times I've become annoyed with the story or characters, but my interest in the outcome of the group and their story has not wavered for me. Yorick seems to get a bad rap from several readers but I actually like him. I like that he is not a superbreed of a man but a man who's somewhat clueless and has evolved in maturity as the story progresses, someone who did not ask to be the last man on Eart ...more
Tiffany Fox
Feb 22, 2016 Tiffany Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maria Kramer
In Japan, revelations await for all out main characters - but especially Dr. Mann. I like how the two female leads in the series are more than just accessories to Yorick. They are huge parts of the story with their own character arcs and pasts.
Mar 04, 2016 Niina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, sarjakuva
Hyvin mielenkiintoinen tämä Y: The Last Man -sarjan kahdeksas albumi. Japani, Yorick kajalilla sekä pitkillä hiuksilla(!) ja tohtori Mannin nuoruus-flashbackit. Tykkään, kun jokaisen albumin viimeinen luku on keskittynyt yhden tai useamman keskeisen hahmon henkilöhistoriaan. Ymmärtää paremmin, miksi hahmo on sellainen kuin on. Syvyyttä! Yorick, agentti 355 ja tohtori Mann löytävät viimein Ampersand-apinan, mutta Yorickin ja lemmikin jälleennäkeminen ei ole aivan ruusuinen. Viimeiset kaksi albumi ...more
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I keep hanging on at this point because I just hate leaving a series unfinished. This volume contains a bunch of backstory that seemed almost desperate, like the author was trying to prove that the stupid shit characters did earlier in the series, made sense in the light of these new revelations. But it came off to me as just empty. The Epiphany character was obnoxious to the point of being a caricature. The worst moment though, was when whatshername's mother (I can't even remember character nam ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Tays rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me or this volume has way too much science and redemption stories in it? It wasn't really necessary. The whole science tidbits and whatnot. Really, it's all over the place and it kinda confuses me. Like a lot. As for doing redemption back stories for the supporting characters, I feel like those characters didn't really need one. Explaining how they got to where they are now doesn't really make much sense, for one, it just kind of drags out the whole main plot. Vaughan is an excellent ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I hadn't read any "Y" in about 2 years before getting to read this volume last month, and I was amazed at how much of it came back to me. the characters are extraordinarily well-crafted, all with strong, and unique personalities. this volume begins to unlock the Great Mystery of this entire series, and is pretty awesome.
swords, guns, blah blah blah. getting close to the end, at last it's not just journey across america (it's actually more journey around the world), but we're actually getting some answers to what killed all the dudes in the first place. it's looking suspiciously like one guy's personal issues.

Jan 25, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Rick
There should always be one character you can root for in a book. I've come to realize there is nobody in this series, least of all Yorick, that I like. This volume dealt with a lot of the pasts and childhoods of the characters - I still didn't care
Rural Soul
Sep 07, 2016 Rural Soul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Quickest read in the series.
Nov 23, 2014 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The science bugs me.
Aug 29, 2016 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was my least favourite one so far, but still better than most other series I have read until now
Mar 30, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is interesting, because while I may not love the individual books, I love the overall story SO MUCH.
Thomas McBryde
Jan 01, 2013 Thomas McBryde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mallory Carson
Things are getting REAL.
"War is what made the world go round while the boys were here, and their absence will do nothing to change that."

The story is still sort of dragging along. It feels like a lot of jumping around and out of the way - oh we were just in Australia now we're in Japan now we're going to Paris - when it could be focusing on the plot instead.

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Carnevale’s covers are wilder and more violently colored than before. My favorite by far is of the Japanese screen and fans. The cover of Dr Mann tarting herself up as a rebellious youth is horrifying.

Tons of ultraviolence in this one. Blech. Pointless. Alex’s droogs had only slightly less reason for their rampages.

I really wish they’d thought of a more succinct way to wrap this up. Like, they could’ve avoided the obligatory Scooby Doo splitting-up into two groups. Just cut to the part w
As this story starts to draw to a close (I didn't realize until I'd finished this volume that there are only 2 left), we are finally making headway on getting all of our main characters in the same location, and figuring out how exactly the men all died in the first place.

We finally know that the "Dr. M" that Toyota works for is not Dr. Mann's mom, like I previously suspected, but Dr. Ming, her dad's once-research partner and lover. Both of those scientists were involved in bio-research and clon
Jan 08, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Y: The Last Man, Volume 8 Kimono Dragons 5 Stars, buy it
It’s been a while since I’ve read the last one in the series. I couldn’t even remember what had been going on the last time I read this series.  So Yorrick and company are in Japan still searching for Ampersand (the monkey for those of us just joining).  He finally does get reunited with him in the 3rd issue I think.  People are also closing in on Yorrick. There’s lots of other drama and a lot of flashbacks for some of the characters.  It’
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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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