StoryTellerShannon's Reviews > Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step

Y by Brian K. Vaughan
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: books-reviewed, graphic-novels
Read from February 17 to 23, 2012

What if all the men, except one young man and his male monkey pet, were wiped out all over the world and nobody knew why exactly? That's the setup for this series that takes a look at gender issues and progressive science versus a natural order of things.

I like that the explanation for the plague is not known and there are several possibilities. In this volume we deal with Yorick FINALLY getting it on with a girl who reminds him of Beth (his pseudo girlfriend), a lesbian affair of sorts between two of the female characters, a subplot about Yorick's older sister, a secret society, an answer as to how Yorick survived, the abduction of Yorick's monkey which sends the group by see heading to Japan and Yorick meeting a super hot and intelligent pirate captain (but she has this one serious flaw, apparently). The main character, Yorick, is a putz and sometimes clueless but believable enough even though some might argue he is a passive character who has very little “game” with women.

My favorite part in this volume was the hallucinogenic voyage undertaken unwillingly by Yorick. This is a good starting read for people new to comics/graphic novels. The series has received 5 prestigious Eisner Awards. Hollywood has been trying to make this into a movie since 2007. Some say this series saved Vertigo Comics from financial problems. The deluxe edition includes a watered down script in the back.

CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B plus to A minus; ARTWORK: B plus to A minus; THEMES: B plus; WHEN READ: February 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus.
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