Hayden's Reviews > Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Y by Brian K. Vaughan
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May 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: comics-graphic-novels
Read from May 22 to 23, 2012

I had heard amazing things about this series, but it wasn't until I started reading BKV's Saga that I decided this was worth checking out.

The plot is relatively simple. Out of nowhere, a devastating plague quickly sweeps the country, killing every mammal with a Y chromosome. Everyone that is, except for Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. What would actually be a likely premise for a very seedy and ambitious porno is turned into something quite fantastic. It puts a very unique twist on the old 'end of the world' tale, in ways that are hard to explain. There's your atypical Mad Max-style warrior gang, who chop their tits off, carry around bows and arrows, and dress like lesbian bikers, driven by their misguided sense that the plague wasn't a devastation but a cleansing, purifying the world into the perfect new world order of women. And then there's the sane ones who actually try their best to restore democracy, and keep the remaining half of the world alive.

Each character has their own unique voice, injected with BKV's sardonic sense of humor, and the art by Pia Guerra was pretty well done too. It's sort of difficult to form a hard opinion of the series as it is since this was only the first five issues, but I'm quite anxious to see where it all goes.

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