Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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.
(view spoiler)[Killing off 355 in such a way was morally reprehensible on the writers' parts, however. Shot through a window? Really? That's the way she's gonna go out, after living through all that? Shameful! That's negative one star just out of spite! (hide spoiler)]
Ending concludes the series in a ...more
Yorick the 17th: So this is it, huh?...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
An epic journey across the globe provides insights into a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
BKV's work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes ...more