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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores

(Y: The Last Man #10)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  22,089 ratings  ·  1,157 reviews

Featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES and on NPR, Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey, Ampersand, and the mysterious Agent

Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Vertigo
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John Wiswell
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who made it this far
It'll be hard to respond to this without spoiling a lot, but here goes...

So we finally bring all the characters together, and all the longing and all the inconvenient things that could happen do. Someone wants to confess something only for someone else to interrupt with another earthshattering event. Who does Yorick want to be with? Y: The Last Man has always had an element of soap opera disguised as philosophy, but this is by far the most heavyhanded and ignorantly blunt volume in the run. The
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so that ending was all kinds of awesome. And horror. And awesome again.

We get our happy ending, have it turn into the opposite, and then we get it happy again, and then we are subjected to a truly great punchline. You know, as in the answer to a great joke about men and women. :) No spoilers, but Yorick the great escape artist really does it in the end. :)

So we get love, hope, tragedy, more tragedy, humor, a little more tragedy, and a super bitter-sweet end.

I can't imagine a better wrap
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
'As far as answers go, it was...vaguely unsatisfying."
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finished last volume and my overall impression is that it's good series but not without flaws.

Y:The last man is funny and even ridiculous on few occasions but also points out unequalty (there are hardly any female pilots, women that killed their husbands serve more time than men that killed their wives etc...) and on more than one occasion ask the question:Is world better off without men?

Flaws?It takes up to volume 3 for story to take off and it takes 1-2 more volumes for Yorick to stop being
Reflecting on this series, I'm going to say: not impressed.

The series tended to irk me a lot. The idea is still thought-provoking and fascinating (you know the drill by now: what happened if every male mammal was wiped out, besides one Everyman and his monkey). But how Vaughan dealt with it was just ri-fucking-diculous.

You know what, Vaughan? Very little of my life revolves around men and Fighting the Patriarchy. Seriously, is this supposed to be set in the 1960s? Nearly every woman in this
Tudor Vlad
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading the epilogue with Ramin Djawadi’s Light of the Seven in the background wasn’t a very good idea. This last volume was a roller coaster of emotions, one moment I was feeling happy, the next I was feeling sad and all this kept happening until the crushing finale that made me weep like a child. I had my own theories on how this was going to end, but none of what I though was going to happen actually happened. There are so many horrible moments in this volume that make want to hate Brian K. ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2008
*Spoilers Ahead!*

If I think on it too long I can't help but feel just a little let down by the ending of this series. But, that said, doesn't mean that I'm altogether unhappy with the ending or that I think it should have been done differently.

All mysteries are not fully revealed. I have to think that perhaps that was intentional. We don't always get all the answers in life, right? Society and periods in history (some more than others) are messy and complicated and convoluted and full of holes
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start. I'd love to just throw, no shovel, all kinds of praise on this! You know, like when The Academy gave Peter Jackson all those awards for The Return of the King, mostly neglecting the first two (sidebar: I hate those damn Hobbit movies).

Vaughan did everything right, I wouldn't change a damn thing. Part of me wants to do a whole spoiler-ific review but I refuse to neglect peeps who haven't read this, so I'll try and tag appropriately.

You know what, I'm not ashamed
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know it's cheaterish and stupid to review a series as a whole rather than the individual books, but I read these so fast, so one-after-the-other, that they're not too separatable for me. (Except the subplot about the actress troupe; that one sucked.)

I guess people have a lot to say about these books' unfeminism and misogyny and all that, but I am no theorist, and all I can tell you is that I cannot recall ever in my life being so enthralled by a series, in such a pell-mell frenzy to read the
Praiz Sophyronja
NOOOOOOO. It's finished!!!!

I've tried to delay finishing this incredible series for ages and I'm going to miss all the characters SO much. Yorick, 355., Dr. Mann.. AMPERSAND ugh, all of them! I don't know how to feel about that ending, this whole volume was so intense. The revelations came out of NOWHERE and I'm still reeling from the events.

I'm not quite satisfied with how it ended because there are still so many answers, and this will be one of those tales that will stay with me for years,
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am very impressed.

When I started reading this series, I was blown away by the first few volumes and couldn't wait to buy the next one to see not only where the story and characters were going, but also to experience the depth of writing.

After a few volumes, though, I felt that the plot and characterization both lagged a bit. While the plot slowed, the characterization didn't really pick up. Some of the middle volumes felt slow and lost.

These last two really picked up the pace, the
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wow that ending...good series but seriously? It's like all that work and development led to nothing. Speaking of developing, at this point I can discuss Agent 355 and Yoricks's relationship.

We follow them for a five year period on many dangerous missions. They don't get along intially and slowly get along with each other. Their feelings with complicated since Yorick is so keen on reuniting with his fiance. We see bits and pieces of them sharing tender moments and fits of jealousy. However,
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I have to judge this series as a whole, and it gets five stars... though some of the individual issues and arcs may not be 5-star. It's got a few places that seem to mis-step, but it's just a fantastic work of writing, of fiction, imagination, knowledge, and insight. Yorick's no hero (pun not intended), nor is he an anti-hero. He grows, he messes up, he does and doesn't come-of-age, and he learns. He also learns that, well, not everyone learns. Not everyone's making the same journey, or wants ...more
توفيق عبد الرحيم
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovel
this is the most beautiful epilogue to a comic series i have ever read
its elegant and mind-blowing and satisfying
i was very sad to see 355 die since all the signs said that she and Yorick will be together in the end
i was heartbroken with yorick to know that beth the first was going to break up with him before the plague
i was very excited to see the old yorick in his straight jacket and was wondering all the time why the hell hasn't he escaped from it long ago but as the saying goes better late
Kaethe Douglas
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, scifi
Ah, so sad to see it end. What a great story, well told.

Library copy
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like unflinching excellence.
I imagine I'll update this review to say much, much more later, and to tone down the high minded pretentious to come, but I definitely wanted to write something right here and now, moments after turning the last page, absorbing the last image, and finishing this book (for the first of what will probably be many, many times). But here goes: In many, many truly wonderful and dazzlingly cogent ways, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra have created a smart, funny, thoughtful and seminal work. This ...more
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
A bizarre ending, but probably the only ending that could have made any sense.
Emm the Bookmunculus - Half Human, Half Library
Oof. Owie, right in the amygdala.
A pretty melancholic ending for an otherwise powerhouse series, but conducted to hit where it's meaningful. So all in all, the ends are tied tightly and the graves are settled.
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This was the dumbest graphic novel series I’ve read yet. To make matters worse, the ending was outrageously pathetic. So happy I’m finished.
Ashish Iyer
Y THE LAST MAN is the story of a young man, named Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand, both males in a world where every single male has died. That's right, every male on the planet, not just human males, has died in the world, and this story doesn't go the way you think it would. What caused all the men in the world to die? Well, that's something that's explored most of this series. It's always a question in the back of the reader's mind: Is it mystical?

Ending concludes the series in a
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: awesome people
Recommended to Ashley by: the hot guy at the comic book store
This is just the saddest fucking thing. I can't even . . . it gets sadder every fucking time I read it.
Yorick the 17th: So this is it, huh?
Yorick the 1st: What's that?
Yorick the 17th: You know, growing old. All I have to look forward to is pain and misery . . . and heartbreak.
Yorick the 1st: No. No, first comes boyhood. You get to play with soldiers and spacemen, cowboys and ninjas, pirates and robots. But before you know it, all that comes to an end. And then, Remo Williams, is when the
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing

I'm not sure how a book like this with such high expectations could ever end and leave everyone satisfied, but it did the trick for me. Sure, I want to know more. But it wrapped enough up to leave me feeling like the journey is complete. The resolution of Yorick's search for Beth played out pretty much the way I expected and a major plot point was spoiled for me (#!*% Wizard Magazine). But the executions of these moments were so perfect, they were both still shocking when they happened. I
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Finished. Maybe this is the universal graphic novel, a little something for everyone? I'm sitting here crying because I'm such a big blubberhead and am so depressed about the ending, an ending that could not have happened any other way in order to remain true to the main idea driving the entire series.

I love dystopia fiction, one of my original loves, and this embodies all of the basic dystopian traits, which should serve as fair warning.

An honorable mention for the humor. Very, very funny, as
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A superb ending to an amazing series. Y - The Last Man weaves an incredible tale about a global apocalypse and it's potential roots but still manages to make it very human with brilliantly fleshed out characters - a kick-ass secret agent, a genius bio-geneticist, a doggedly determined Russian spy, an EMT turned amazon and the central character - a dumb, insufferable asshole (who you'd want to kill VERY slowly and methodically).

An epic journey across the globe provides insights into a
The Crimson Fucker
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
A few days ago I asked Mr. Greg to pick a book for me… he asked me what kind of book you want? And I said something funny… and he did his “I’m not sure I understand humans emotions anymore” look and asked me what is funny? That activated my “you think you crazier than me?” mode… and I’m like: dead people are funny! What you have on the genocide department? He gave me this one and told me it was supposed to be funny in a world were every single man but one is dead! I’m like that’s what’s sup! So ...more
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
(This is a review of the series as a whole rather than of the final book.)

I read the whole series in about two days, so that should give you an idea how compelling this comic is. It's very well done, and I'm glad I was able to borrow the whole thing from friends and just read, read and read.

I have to admit I was surprised by how much I ended up caring for the characters in the end. I have to say that the "Sandman" comparisons on the back don't really stand a chance, if only because it's a very
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Quite the satisfying read.

I really appreciated that the source of the gendercide was not the point of the series. That kept the series from turning into some silly mystery, sending them off finding clues and figuring out what happened - that would have been pointless. What was interesting was seeing how people adapted, some for the better and some for the much worse. What was most compelling for me was seeing how Yorick grew from an aimless selfish slacker to a self-actualised man - not in any
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed-series
I went back and read the series over the last month or so -- made easier by the fact that my local library has a full set now, and are not in as serious demand.
I liked the ending much better on the second read. Y:The Last Man tells an extended tale of the single man who survives "the gendercide", a male-killing plague that destroyed every animal and human possessing a Y chromosome.
One of my requirements for a 'good' science-fiction tale is that the work is self-consistent; and Y: The Last Man
Mar 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ariel by: Sophia
While it was interesting, I really felt that Volume 10 ways sort of a disappointment as a conclusion of such a mostly solidly unique series. Also, it made no sense to me that all the clones would be called after the original person, which just seems like asking for more confusion. I liked the stuff with Ciba and Natalya and Hero and Second Beth, but I seriously but felt like all the pieces didn't add up to a good whole and that the romance directions they took were really quite tacky in the end. ...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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