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

Y by Brian K. Vaughan
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Aug 26, 07

bookshelves: graphicnovel, sci-fi, american-lit, apocafic, queerlit
Read in August, 2007

A plague hits, wiping out every mammal with a Y chromosome—except for a dude with the improbable name of Yorick Brown (his father was an English professor, y'see) and his pet monkey. This comic is incredibly, insanely good. The first volume launches into the story at a breakneck pace and for the most part it never lets up. Yorick is believably brave-but-not-an-action hero: that job's mostly left to Agent 355, a government shadow-operative who becomes his protector after the plague; she and Dr. Allison Mann, a geneticist with a secret, round out the trio of main characters, who, when I left off (damn you library! where's book 5?) are in the midst of a cross-country quest to reach Dr. Mann's backup lab in California. (There was a liiiiiiiiittle accident with her primary location in Boston.) I'm so far impressed with the characterization of the female characters—women are necessarily the antagonists, as they're the only ones left, but Vaughan does a good job making everyone's motivations complicated and generally real. The Yorick/355/Dr. Mann sorta-love triangle is fun, and I love how dorky but secretly fucked up Yorick is. He's like John Sheppard, in a way. Anyway: highly, highly recommended.
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