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Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Four (Y: The Last Man #7-8)

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As this deluxe edition begins, we catch up on the adventures of Yorick's monkey Ampersand (whose biology may hold the key to stopping the male-killing plague) and tells the origin of Yorick's mysterious protector, Agent 355 as Yorick searches for his fiancée in Australia, with deadly results. From Australia, Yorick and his companions continue on to Japan to learn the truth ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Vertigo (DC Comics) (first published 2010)
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Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
This deluxe edition contains volumes 7 and 8 of the series, and did not disappoint. I especially loved how insight was shed on characters' backstories in this installment, particularly for Agent 355, Dr. Mann, and Alter. This is definitely shaping up to be one of my favorite comic series of all time, and I cannot wait to see how it all concludes in volumes 9 & 10!
Miriam
Apr 17, 2016 Miriam rated it it was amazing
4.5
Chaitra
After hating deluxe editions 1, 2 and 3, I wasn't expecting much from this one, but it turned out to be marginally better. For one thing lesser half naked women. For another, much less Yorick. Which is a good thing, because after 3 long years of being the last man in a world of women hasn't made him any less of a prick. You'd think he would have changed his attitude a bit. It just seems like back to back issues rather than character growth over a period.

Anyway, a lot of this deluxe edition focu
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Ken Moten
Finally across the pacific and we start to get an idea of the origins of the plague. A lot of back story on the characters here and a lot more cliffhangering than I usually like, but this book was ok. I would have liked the main plot to have advanced more, but I was still left intrigued enough to continue. Also seeing now how Brian K. Vaughan's reputation for randomly killing important characters came from.

I think now I will talk about the series' art which was provided by Pia Guerra. The art i
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Julie
Aug 28, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was not nearly as satisfying as the earlier books in the series. I was particularly disappointed by the "big reveal" of what happened to all the males. Such a let down.

Another problem for me, and not just in this installment, was that there were several characters with not only the same name, but also the same bland blond looks. With more than one artist doing the volumes in this collection, it was often difficult to tell Beth one from Beth two from the Russian cosmonaut from grown up baby
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CJ Scurria
Sep 19, 2016 CJ Scurria rated it liked it
The gang of people end up in perils and the pet monkey Ampersand ends up abducted. What can they do while in the midst of a post-apocalypse with almost no men alive?

This one was okay. It was kind of strange how their seemed to be kind of a running motif in this one, this time each major and some minor characters stopping to have some sort of flashback to give the reader more info on their lives, explaining a little of how they tick.

It wasn't so bad, not extremely remarkable but still.
Kurt Zisa
Jan 04, 2016 Kurt Zisa rated it really liked it
More grisly then the previous books. The characters actions haunt them through a world of gendercide effected by a mysterious plague known only as "Manslaughter"
Jeff
Apr 03, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Just a quick reminder that 3 stars from Jeff = Meh.

I'll finish this just because, but really, I think it would have made a better sitcom.
Pam
Aug 14, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing
Lol, ah a reference to us Canadians but unfortunately not a positive one - just a 'filty Cannuck' who later is called a 'second-rate karaoke singer from Saskatoon'. Being as I currently reside in Saskatoon, this was a surprise (Toronto or Vancouver are generally the cities of mention) and all though I recognize that not everyone in Canada or Saskatoon is a shining example of a human being, a small part of me still took personal offense at the insult. That said, they weren't inaccurate descriptio ...more
Albert
Aug 18, 2016 Albert rated it it was amazing
This review is for the whole series...

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“…Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him…”



In 2002, on July 17th, all living mammals with a Y chromosome die in the space of seconds, simultaneously. All except for a young magician and his pet monkey. Yorick Brown was on the phone with his fiancé when the event took place and now he is the only living man on the planet. Now the resulting planet is in chaos as a society with only women in it pick up the pieces of humanity and look to move on. They mu
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Avi Bendahan
Jul 20, 2016 Avi Bendahan rated it liked it
While I debated between giving this book a 2 or a 3 (2.5 would probably be best in this case), I chose the later because, despite the overwhelming formulaic way it's structured, I do still like the concept enough to keep on going with the series.
It might be a product of knowing that the series has a limited run (this is the second to last book after all), but I just feel annoyed at some of the issues collected here because of how much they completely meander and don't seem to lead anywhere spec
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Jason MacIntyre
Jan 12, 2016 Jason MacIntyre rated it it was amazing
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Kate
The hunt is on to find Ampersand, the male monkey whose poop might save mankind. The hunt leads Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann to Japan, where an egotistical Canadian pop star is holding him. Of course the other groups are still hunting the monkey and Yorick. There are also back stories for 355, Dr. Mann, and the leader of the Israeli group, Alter.

All that, and we still haven't found Beth yet. It does seem that Yorick might be developing something like feelings for 355... while pretty much every othe
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Dominic Tiberio
Mar 24, 2014 Dominic Tiberio rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I really loved this volume! I actually liked that it was a bit of a breather and filled in some back story as well as set the stage for tying up a lot of the plot threads. It is definitely less action-oriented but in a good way, I felt like I got to be drawn into the actual world finally instead of just watching things happen to an ever-expanding cast of characters. I love BKV but that does seem to be one of his few flaws and it crops up in almost everything he writes. I think he is often hamstr ...more
Jocelyn
Jul 18, 2015 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
Y: The Last Man, Book Four continues to follow Yorick Brown, the last living human male (view spoiler) after a mysterious plague annihilated the others, and his search for his fiancee Beth and discovering the reasons for plague in the first place. Accompanying Yorick is Agent 355, Dr Allison Mann and Ampersand, the last male Capuchin monkey.

A lot of stuff happens in this collection, including a fair amount of time-warps. I don't mind jumping ahead and back t
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Mao
Dec 03, 2014 Mao rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book in the series so far. Y The Last Man does such a good job on representing diversity. I am surprised to see Japan, where the main characters spend some time, portrayed in much less stereotypical manners than many books and movies--at least the ones I've read and watched--have done. I am not saying that it does not have flaws, but it is somewhat believable to the eye of someone who has been living there most of her life.

In Book Four, we get a good sense of how Australia an
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John Ekleberry
Apr 28, 2012 John Ekleberry rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
God, I love how Pia Guerra draws women. Captain Kilina is sooo sexy :)

Guerra's art is altogether fantastic. The action is clear and the characters are distinct. With comics it's paramount that I'm able to understand what I'm looking at and how the page flows and there are few modern comic artists that equal her in this regard (Steve Dillon comes to mind, too).
J.M. Hushour
Jul 06, 2015 J.M. Hushour rated it liked it
This latest collection of this up-and-down series is more down than up and would warrant two stars if not for the last bits where we finally get some interesting, unsmuggy tropey character development. Remember the crazy Israeli officer, Alter? She shows up again late in the game here and shows up game-changer to boot. This got me excited about the story again. Why didn't this part of the arc happen a little earlier? Much of the mid- to late-storylines have been ho-hum affairs, more a road trip ...more
Harold
Jan 19, 2012 Harold rated it it was amazing
Still consistently entertaining after 48 issues worth. Looking forward to the final graphic novel collection so I can see how this storyline wraps up. Of course, considering that the author was a writer for "Lost", I hope I'm not being too optimistic about getting a satisfying conclusion. We shall see!
Mitchel Broussard
This back story-laden chapter mines the dark pasts of several characters but never feels regressive. In fact, thanks to an attack on a Tokyo high rise and more bad-ass ladies than you can shake a ninja star at, it's one of the most exciting entries in the series, full stop. Continually amazing.
Aditya Shevade
May 13, 2014 Aditya Shevade rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The series is getting pretty boring now. Nothing moves forward. They just run around the planet chasing Beth/Amp/etc.
Josh
May 19, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
This volume continued to be good. I will say that it felt a little more scattered in parts which made it harder to follow. I am also beginning to see why people have trouble with the length of this particular series and with Vaughan's tendency to push mature content so consistently. All that being said, I love that I don't know how this series is going to wrap up. The characters are exciting to follow and the story is wonderfully complex. There are many strong points to this story, including the ...more
Edward Cheer
Aug 06, 2015 Edward Cheer rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Continuing with the series, the penultimate book of Y tells the story of the last man and the people involved around him (all female, of course). I like how this book goes further into the pasts of 355, Mann, and even Alter. However, I have a few small complaints- regarding 355's backstory. Mann and Alter's were incorporated into the main plot, but for some reason Vaughan separated 355's into an isolated story that never was finished. What happened to the man-eaters? I mean, I'm sure 355 killed ...more
Gengis Kamimura
Nov 09, 2015 Gengis Kamimura rated it it was amazing
Acclaimed by audiences and critics (tradução abaixo)

Best comic I've read in many years, probably since Watchmen I do not feel so eager to recommend, collect, view sequences, see transformed on movie, make a soundtrack inspired on it, etc. Very good indeed!

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Aclamado pelo público e crítica

Melhor quadrinho que li em muitos anos, desde Watchmen não sinto tanta vontade de recomendar, colecionar, ver sequências, ver transformado em filme, montar uma trilha sonor
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George Seabrook
Jan 14, 2016 George Seabrook rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as Vol. 3, which I think is the best Volume of Y: The Last Man yet. But it was still great, and good to see they had changed the plots from "they meet a group of girls who they fall in with, they aren't what they appear to be, liars, criminals, but they're also nice!" A few too many times they jump forwards in the main journey to random episodes all to use them as framing device for in-depth flashbacks. Clumsy, almsot half-assed way to structure to the inevitable conclusion of ...more
Andrew Kline
Mar 01, 2014 Andrew Kline rated it really liked it
I just can't stop reading these books once I start. This is the second one I've read straight through on a Saturday morning. I love the art, I love the characters, and the story keeps up the surprises and suspense without feeling forced or cheap. There are a lot of characters and story lines that branch off, come together, and branch out again, but it is done so well that it is never really confusing. With one (big deluxe edition) book left, things are definitely coming to a head, but I still ha ...more
Katie
May 27, 2015 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I don't think I've read a single one of these books that *doesn't* use the word 'retarded'
Also, women are quite determined that men must rule them...and of course, nuns would fall nicely into that category, right? Apparently Vaughan hasn't met many nuns. Nothing worse than Republicans & Catholics, of course
Yorrick makes it into the tabloids, we find out more about 355's history & childhood, the gang finally makes it to Japan, and Dr. Mann thinks she can take on a ninja just 'cause she to
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Leynesss
Sep 01, 2016 Leynesss rated it it was amazing
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Chelsea
Jul 13, 2016 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Cathleen
Strong choice at this point to visit backstory on a few of the main characters, especially the enigmatic Agent 355. Did not disappoint, and still I want more of her.

Also good to see some of the sprawling of characters begin to reverse, as well as actual movement on storylines and conflicts, and all without telegraphing exactly what resolution to expect.

Appreciate the choice to leave (original) Beth walkabout without checking in directly, as even mentions of her are nails-on-a-chalkboard annoying
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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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