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Y: The Last Man - Book One

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  14,796 ratings  ·  867 reviews
Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—t
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Vertigo (first published October 28th 2008)
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(A-) 82% | Very Good
Notes: An addictive, offbeat Odyssean quest built on non-linear narrative, splash reveals and pop culture quips and banter.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of a World with no Men
Later, boys.


So everything should be peace and love from here on out, right?


That's coming from a chick so hardcore she cut off one of her own titties!


The premise of this one is pretty catchy. For some unknown reason, every single male on earth just suddenly drops dead. Why? Doesn't matter. It happens.
I can't even imagine the devastation, personally. Every husband, father, brother, boyfriend? Think of all the dead children! And every man is some woman's son, so...
Anyway, chaos rightly ensues
I have a lot to say about this. I have basically two feelings, two minds and two reviews. The short, part of me was very entertained by this and part of me kept screaming this is stupid.

I actually wrote a story on this subject(obviously not published a few years back with something just like this premise. I didn't know this existed.) so I have thought a lot about this. There is a lot of questions about what is going on in the story and there are many answers to be had so I don't understand what
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 volume one of 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. There's a fair amount of mischievous style humor in the first volume.

For instance, women commemorate the dead man at an obvious phallic
Wow. This was great. After an outbreak swiftly kills almost all of the mammals on earth with a Y chromosome, an amateur escape artist named Yorick and his pet monkey named Ampersand discover that they are inexplicably the only two males left on earth. Yorick goes on an odyssey to not only learn the truth behind this mysterious phenomenon, but also travel to Australia to find the love of his life, Beth. But it's easier said than done and the concept of being the Last Man On Earth isn't as fun as ...more
Apr 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard lots of great stuff about this and the premise sounded interesting. One dude left on the planet after all the other men die of some mysterious disease or something. The artwork is quite good but the dialogue is only so-so and honestly I was a little bored pretty quickly, like by page 3. I was also astounded at the direction the story went, found it heterosexist and homophobic. You'd think a world of mostly women would be pretty frank about lesbians; not this book. The only loud and p ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Pros: good look at how male-dominated our leadership and other key jobs are, that effing ending

Cons: straw feminism everywhere, the fact that one male still dominates a woman's story

I love Vaughan, but I doubt I continue. The love-hate relationship!! ACK!!
Having read the first ten issues I'm only about one-fifth into the whole thing, but despite being rather conflicted about it I'll probably continue reading. On the one hand, "Y: The Last Man" is a well-written engaging story with some interesting moments and witty dialogues. On the other, it's sexist to the core. So far, the main villain of the story is an extremist group called Amazons who happen to embody all features of the stereotypical men-hating feminists. Their ultimate goal is to murder ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I read this last year and decided to re-read it because I didn't know how to feel about the ending to Book Five.

This is such a fantastic series. It's a clever concept, the characters are so rich and compelling, and the art really works for it! Brian K. Vaughn wasn't someone I read a lot of before this series and this book is what converted me into a fan.

Let's start with the concept: all the cis men on the planet have died due to some unknown cause except for Yorick. Yorick and his monkey Amper
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a comic book junky. Someday when I win the lottery I will buy them all and spread them out over my bed and just roll around on them because I can. I love them. I haven’t encountered many as of yet, but I am slowly branching out. I have read all of The Walking Dead ones, most of The Dark Tower ones and The Sandman. I wants them all. When I have them all I will be like Sméagol. I’ll hide away somewhere where no one can find me, clutching at my comics and referring to them all as my precious. ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this. For being 10 issues, this went by quickly. The artwork was great. But what really stands out the most is the plot concept. I've never really read anything like it. And I love that they show that a planet full of women would have their share of problems too. It's not some feminist utopia we are falling into here. I mean, there can't be a feminist utopia, especially if an entire biological sex has died for unknown reasons.

The only minor issue I have with this is Yorick, the "
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this novel. The concept is one that gets brought up alot in scifi but this was amazing. Great characters if a little cliched, great writing, and cool artwork.
Michelle Curie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y. Nothing more than a chromosome, and yet it's what makes the difference between men and women. In the world that Vaughan has created here, both live amongst each other, just like we do. Until –

Almost at least. Turns out the seemingly only surviving males on planet Earth are an unemployed escape artist named Yorick and his pet monkey. To him, the apocalypse couldn't come at any worse time, as he was just about to propose to his girlfriend over the phone. So while going down under and finding he
Y Last Man


What would happen if you became the last gender (whether you are a male or female) on the face of the planet? Well, that is what we are discovering in Brian K. Vaughan’s Eisner Award winning classic graphic novel, “Y: The Last Man: Book One!” After hearing so many glowing reviews about this graphic novel, I decided to give this book a shot and man, was I blown away by the creative concept of this graphic novel! “Y: The Last Man: Book One” is definitely one of the most dramatic
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
Eve Kay
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This comic was at the same time both interesting, fast-paced, action packed and a good source of entertainment right at this moment in time (pandemic) but also: well, that's one way of looking at things...I guess -sort of a story line.

What I mean is, I guess someone could see it like that, that this is what could happen if all males suddenly died. But I'm thinking it's a very male view: "Uuu, uuu! I know! Women would be lost AND at the same time all these bad ass motherfuckin' chicks would run t
Pardon me while I flail about in fangirl mode, but OMFG and all that is holy, Y: The Last Man is totally a.w.e.s.o.m.e!!!! I didn’t think the graphic novel format would ever win me over entirely, but it’s happened - I’m in love - hook, line, sinker, fully, completely. Not only is this an addictive premise taken to the extreme reaches of the most fertile imagination, it’s brimming with fully fleshed out characters who live and breathe with histories, motives, strengths and vulnerabilities. The be ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm starting to grow fond of Brian's way of story telling. Compared to SAGA (which I found mediocre), I like Y: The Last Man a lot more.

I really can't wait to find out WHY ALL MEN DIED except for Yodrick and Ampersand.

Overall the story and the characters feel very relatable... I love Yodrick's and 355's relationship and how it's developing.

The city full of convicts? Brilliant.
Yodrick's sister? Brilliant.
The art style? Brilliant.

It's also nice that the series overall is already finished and I lov
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I refuse to read any other reviews on this series before I post this. Therefore, I may sound either stupid or prescient. Or maybe a bit of both. Personally, I am leaning towards stupid, but...

Friends have been telling me to read this series for quite a bit. They said "you like literary comics, so..." or "You're obsessed with end of the world plague sort of stuff that presents humanity in a different light..." or "you took women's studies classes in college, so you might find it interesting..."

Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So what can I say? Ever read a book and like the underlying story but are so irritated by the author's views on certain issues that it detracts from the story? I try not to do that. That's why this silly mess of liberal nonsense gets three stars. There IS a cool story underneath the bloviating.

In 2002 a virus kills off all the males in the world. Only Yorick Brown and his male pet monkey have survived. A very cool and interesting concept. The rest of the story is spent on his hunt for his ex, hi

While solidly good, Y lacks the magic, humor, and dialog of Brian K. Vaughan's later works. I'll also be an asshole and say I also didn't love the artwork. I know it's over ten years old now, but come on. The Deluxe Edition's paper was practically newsprint and I just wasn't impressed. It's not bad, it's just satisfactory, it's just there.

What Y lacks in some areas it makes up for with cheesy humor, violence, action/adventure, and, I have to say, preposterous "what if" appeal.

The first page, w
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this as part of the #GettingGraphic readalong I am hosting today and it was definitely a very cool concept. In this story we see all the men on Earth suddenly die out at the same exact time. No male mammals are left alive either. Pretty much everything with a Y chromosome is dead... except for out main character and his pet monkey.

I have to say I wasn't a big fan of the whiney main character here. He's rather too 'teenage' and headstrong for my liking which meant he gets into some rather
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y: Last Man Volume 1, Unmanned

It‘s the end of the world as we know it. Everybody with a Y-chromosome dies, except for Yorick and his pet monkey. And so begins his trip to find his lost love. On the way he picks up some travel companions and a lot of trouble—he provokes plenty of that trouble by not being the smartest cookie.

Artwork and plot are ok. The timeline ticking backwards and forwards is a nice gimmick, but got a bit confusing towards the second half of Volume 1.

I would have liked to see
I’ve had this collection for a while, now, having bought it on a random whim right after my son was born. I have a bit of a soft spot for post-apocalyptic settings, especially disease outbreak scenarios. Maybe it’s my latent hypochondriac tendencies. Further, there seemed to be a lot of places to go with the idea of “the last man on Earth.” Having finished the first ten installments via this deluxe volume, I think I’m still unsure of what I think about it. I definitely enjoyed reading it, but I ...more
C. Varn
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vaughan's premise here is both catchy and obvious: every last male being on earth dies but Yorick and his monkey, Ampersand. Society gets interestingly complicated in ways that are far more compelling than the Walking Dead's apocalypse. A post-apocalyptic picturesque told in a non-linear fashion with interesting family conflict, romantic tensions, and roaming gangs of cults: Vaughan takes an interesting but predictable premise and fleshes it out in unpredictable ways. Yorick is not entirely lika ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to say about this one. It’s a really interesting concept. The author does seem a little preachy at times but I enjoyed it regardless.

Yorick is my kind of character. Sort of reminds me of Nate from Uncharted. He’s fun, a little sarcastic. Has some unique and very helpful talents.

The artwork was amazing. I especially enjoyed the sketches in the back showing the evolution of the characters. I’m interested to see where it’s all leading to. This definitely felt like an introduction or a prol
Ariel Acupan
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Y: The Last Man (BOOK ONE)

In 2002, a plague that is mysteriously sex-specific killed every man, every boy, and every mammal with Y chromosome all over the world. For a reason that cannot be explained right now, a boy named Yorick Brown and his male pet monkey Ampersand was spared. A “genderside” that causes chaos, a society with without male, and a mystery to be solved, Vaughan created a masterpiece that for me would place him next to Gaiman (Sand
Nadine Jones
This was pretty darn disappointing. Not because it was awful (it wasn't) but because it had such HIGH PRAISE - cover blurb from Stephen King: "the best graphic novel I've ever read" - sheesh, that sets the bar pretty high! and this book missed that bar by quite a bit.

If I had not read - AND LOVED - other works by Brian Vaughan (Ex Machina and Saga, in particular), and if this hadn't come with the HIGH PRAISE that it has ... if I had gone in expecting nothing, in other words, I probably would hav
Marjorie Ingall
I'm torn. I want to know what happens, but I'm irked by so much about the first two volumes!

1. Brian K. Vaughan really, REALLY likes the word "retarded." Characters of all backgrounds say "retarded." Multiple times.

2. Homophobia and transphobia FOR DAYS.

3. Women's bodies still have your standard superheroine babely dimensions. This feels very much like work done by white dudes who grew up in the vocabulary, vernacular and visuals of superhero comics.

4. The plot is suspenseful, and I RESENT my u
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Strangely compelling. I have been thinking about reading this series for awhile but really didn't think I would like it. But I gave it a shot & I'm glad I did. I really can't say for sure but I think it's the mystery of why Yorick & his monkey are the only males of any species on earth to survive the plague is what makes it so interesting. Also how much the world changes when all the men are gone is also interesting. Not to mention the artwork is excellent. Unless it takes a big dive in later TR ...more
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Brian K. Vaughan is the writer and co-creator of comic-book series including SAGA, PAPER GIRLS, Y THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS, and most recently, BARRIER, a digital comic with artist Marcos Martin about immigration, available from their pay-what-you-want site

BKV's work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes

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