The first issue hooks us with an unoriginal premise which is well executed: what if a plague eliminated all but one man on Earth? Vaughan takes this i...moreThe first issue hooks us with an unoriginal premise which is well executed: what if a plague eliminated all but one man on Earth? Vaughan takes this idea and runs with it to a post-apocalyptic world of various female factions. The US government has collapsed, and the we certainly aren't going to find out what killed all the men except for a goofy college grad by the name of Yorick and his pet capuchin monkey. It is an interesting setup. Sadly, we aren't given much more than the premise and a running start to this story. So far, this series hasn't justified all the praise I have heard for it. But I will read it all the way through to its final volume and see if that changes.(less)
The story picks up some serious steam in this volume. Yorick et. al. escape into a middle American town where all the ladies are escaped convicts from...moreThe story picks up some serious steam in this volume. Yorick et. al. escape into a middle American town where all the ladies are escaped convicts from the local prison. The murderous Amazons track the Last Man down and still look to kill him off. Meanwhile, the Israelis continue to follow Yorick, meaning to use him for strategic advantages.
Vaughan's talent for dialogue and humor really shows in this storyline. He keeps the narrative moving swiftly and compels us to keep reading. There are huge plot holes, points of confusion and a fair bit of nonsense, but by now the reader has learned to ignore most of that and just enjoy the ride.(less)
After our brief comedic interlude in the end of the last volume, our hero Yorick, secret agent 355 and Dr. Mann continue their quest across the apocal...moreAfter our brief comedic interlude in the end of the last volume, our hero Yorick, secret agent 355 and Dr. Mann continue their quest across the apocalyptic countryside towards California. In Vol. 4, Yorick has an interesting experience with a dominatrix and the company has to deal with a bunch of militia widows in the Arizona desert.
Vaughan's story continues at a good pace but he loses the thread in some places. 355 is fast becoming unbelievable and is almost always the Deus ex Machina at the end of each cliffhanger. Yorick is becoming more likeable, and acquires a harder edge after experiencing an awakening at the hands of yet another secret agent. Dr. Mann doesn't attract much interest but there are hints at a dark secret she is withholding.
The Sons of Arizona storyline was necessary for the narrative but could have been better thought-out and shortened. And Vaughan gets lazy with his conflicts - 355 may be a super agent but she isn't superhuman. It takes me out of the story and that is irritating.
However, this series is really starting to show the promise that I heard so much about. As a character says in this volume, "endings are earned," and Yorick's story looks to have a really good one. I think I will stick around for it.(less)
The lack of a solid story arc in this volume makes it a slow slog. However, it is apparent that some of the loose ends and other issues that Vaughan l...moreThe lack of a solid story arc in this volume makes it a slow slog. However, it is apparent that some of the loose ends and other issues that Vaughan left hanging are slowly being pulled together for the stretch run into the conclusion of the series. This gets two stars for having "middle volume" syndrome. It gets boring at times but still has promise.
It is great to be able to read the entire series after it has concluded. This is an addictive story, because Vaughan succeeds in setting up an intriguing premise and taking us along for the long ride to see how it all ends. This volume is slightly disappointing in its pace, but all the right characters are being positioned, whether it is physically or emotionally. Hopefully Vaughan has more good stories coming up.
Yorick has grown up since the first stories, but he remains unfocused and confused. Every hero needs a mission, an inspiration; its tough to see where Yorick is supposed to get his from.
The art is top quality, as usual from the Vertigo imprint. But it seems the original artist, Pia Guerra can't keep up and the creative team is bringing in one guest artist after the other. It gets annoying after a while but the story is still well told.(less)
An uninspiring story cloaked in a more serious themed, graphic Wolverine ethos. Imagine if they really showed the reality of a Wolverine was all about...moreAn uninspiring story cloaked in a more serious themed, graphic Wolverine ethos. Imagine if they really showed the reality of a Wolverine was all about, including mostly the blood and the claws, and you got the aim of this book. Unfortunately the artwork is degraded by the incomplete and poorly thought out narrative, with sketchy motivations for all involved, including our clawed mutant. Just not an enjoyable read. And I did not like the characterization of Logan as a dumb brute. He may be an animal at times, but he is still a man who is the best there is at what he does.(less)