This was so good. My graphic novel love affair started and stemmed from my first experience ever with graphic novels, which was with the Saga series,This was so good. My graphic novel love affair started and stemmed from my first experience ever with graphic novels, which was with the Saga series, which incidentally happens to be by the same writer as this, Brian Vaughn. The guy is a genius, so totally creative with talent up the wazoo. He's creator of so many popular series'...Lost, Ex machina, Saga, and now the first series I've come across to rival Saga...The Last Man.
As the story goes, one random morning, amidst all the normal every day happenings going on all over the world, totally and completely at random, every creature with the male Y chromosome drops dead, man and animal alike. Except for one lowly, totally unspecial guy and his pet monkey. What remains is a world in which 48% of the global population has been eliminated...which includes 99% of the world's landowners, 95% of all commercial pilots, 92% of all violent felons, 100% of catholic priests, Muslim imams, and Jewish Rabbi's, and 85% of all government officials...& Yorick. The world is left to the women who are all doing the best they can to pick up the pieces and move on and survive. There are those who believe this is an act of terrorism, those who think it's the end of the world, & those who think it's an act of God-a purposeful delivery from the stifling & oppression that women suffered at the hands of men. Anarchy and chaos reign, where the strong and the murderous seem to be clawing their way to the top and where what is left of the government...the secretary of agriculture being the highest ranking female official that remains... attempts, somewhat unsuccessfully, to garner some level of control. With all the different attitudes and beliefs coming to such fatal clashes and heads, Yorick, the seemingly sole survivor of the mass male extinction, is faced with danger coming from all angles. Some want to kill him, some want to fuck him, some want to protect him, some want to clone him, & some don't know what they want at all from him but despite his unwanted position as man kind's single remaining chance at survival and repopulating the earth, he's got an agenda of his own. To find his girlfriend and fiancé who at the time of the "plague", resided on the other side of the world in Australia.
It's totally a been-done-before premise, the whole last man standing thing...but with a slightly unfamiliar twist of women being spared. The characters are unique and the path Vaughn chooses to take the women is also not the expected. Women gangs, trannies, towns run by escaped cons...it's a world that I definitely wouldn't want to actually be in, but that I enjoy visiting for brief periods of time;) I am so diggin these story lines right now, and while Yorick himself might so far be the most uninteresting character, I'm still super excited to see where the storyline takes me and how all of the characters' stories develop, even Yorick!
Oh and did I mention, the art work is on point? ...more