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J.G. Keely’s review of Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
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Apr 27, 2011 09:39PM
escapist harem romp
Apr 28, 2011 09:16AM
Ha, I've heard it gets worse as the series goes on. Vaughan just isn't very good at making interesting, realistic characters.
Apr 28, 2011 09:38PM
Unfortunately, many in the comicsverse would disagree with you on that point. Vaughan is lauded shit - someone to be looked at as one of the few young writers out there who are bringing intelligent, innovative series to comics. He ain't no Milligan, or Moore.
Apr 29, 2011 08:46AM
No, I keep looking for a young author to step up and write something as revolutionary and challenging as the previous generation, but it just hasn't happened. In a recent interview, Moore was talking in about how disappointed he was that DC wants to reboot watchmen and said something along the lines of "there are no good authors writing good stories at big companies these days".
Of course everyone in the industry got all pissy about it, but I really agree. He's not saying that there aren't writers out there who are capable of revolutionizing comics, just that the industry isn't giving any of them the opportunity to do so. All the industry wants to do is keep cannibalizing itself.
So back then, we got the far-reaching, disturbing, well-researched fantasy of 'Sandman' and today's analogue is a shallow, talky soap-opera like 'Fables'? And there are other people who point to 'The Nightly News' as a modern 'V for Vendetta', but while I really enjoyed the design aesthetic, I found Hickman's self-satisfied, predictable 'sheeple' rants really didn't say much for his sophistication.
But we keep looking.
Apr 29, 2011 09:25AM
The sheer lack of imagination let this series down - the main vector for plot advancement is physical violence and random running-about and as for the characters - the artist's cookie-cutter depictions dovetail pretty well the writer's grasp of characterisation. Agree with you on Fables as well.
Apr 29, 2011 09:52AM
I found this series incredibly disappointing, partially because of the insanely glowing blurbs on the back. Vagugh's storytelling seems good-natured enough, which I found both refreshing and weird, given the subject. But the way the plot veered into family psychodrama - arg Hero arg - with no believable motivations for anyone - bah.
Apr 29, 2011 11:18AM
"The sheer lack of imagination let this series down"
Yeah, it's not hard to imagine the editors being excited when he pitches his ideas, they tend to sound promising enough, but the execution is just so lackluster.
"I found this series incredibly disappointing, partially because of the insanely glowing blurbs on the back."
Yeah, it doesn't say much about the state of the genre that the critically-acclaimed, award-winning works turn out to be so unremarkable.
Aug 06, 2012 11:53PM
These comments are all very interesting. I've only recently started reading these comics, and while I don't hate the stories within, it definitely is not what I expected based on the hype. I find it rather...silly.
It may be the authors goal to be such, but I still feel the material could be stronger if this is indeed the case.
I will finish reading the series, but with adjusted expectations.
Aug 10, 2012 08:04PM
Yeah, if it's meant to be silly, then it could be more clever and subversive. It's pretty straightforward. Thanks for the comment.
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