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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles

(Y: The Last Man #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  34,702 ratings  ·  905 reviews
WINNER OF THREE EISNER AWARDS As Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, begins to make his way across the country to California, he and his companions are forced to make an unscheduled stop in Marrisville, Ohio—a small town with a big secret.

Collects Y: The Last Man issues #6-10
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Vertigo
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Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Before I start this review, he's a picture of all the spots I marked that needed some deep, tedious, thorough analysis! (aka bashing :D)

[ok, so it's blurry but you get the point]

Although the very first page made me cry in despair all over again [Yorick is trying to convince a woman to let him board the train to get out of Boston, but her reply is: With the shipping routes as fucked up as they are, the whole east coast's just about of supplies] because I simply disapprove of how the world is su
The second collected edition of Y: The Last Man comic continues where the unique storyline left off. It is humorous, thought-provoking, crass, and controversial - but all of it in just the right amounts!

I was a bit more invested in this one than the first because the story is now familiar to me - I often find this to be the case with graphic novel series. Now, I can't wait to see where it goes next!

I am really enjoying the characters and I think they are what makes this story click. I also lik
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
MAYBE I'm just spoiled by a glut of really great comics over the years, but while Y: The Last Man is still solid as hell, it's not quite rocking my boat yet.

It's still slightly edgy, but I've read lots of comics that cursed and had nudity. That's not what makes a great story. A great story makes a great story. In this volume, I'm reminded a lot of The Walking Dead in the early years. Willing to take risks but still firmly grounded in the everyday. Not quite tipping over into outright imaginative
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
You know, I think that I would enjoy this series more if it weren't so full of straw feminists. The idea of the Amazons is at least conceptually sound. Given what a horribly traumatic thing the plague must have been to live through, I can see a certain number of women going around the bend in this exact way. But the execution just comes off as feminist bashing, especially since the only good women in the series so far are the ones willing to revolve their lives around the one remaining man. I do ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I think I have two problems with this story so far that prevent me from loving it. The first is that I'm not that attached to Yorick; I get that he's meant to be an "everyman," but I'm much more interested in the women around him. I want to know what happened to Hero that led to her becoming an Amazon and believing so strongly in what they had to preach. I want to know more about Agent 355 and Dr. Mann (I loved hearing a bit about their back story). Honestly, some of my favorite parts of the com ...more
While not as good as volume 1, this was still entertaining. There's more world-building and Yorick's sister is in this one more. I hope the story gets more complicated, though. So far, it's pretty much just everybody wants to kill Yorick. Yorick is a little meh. Hopefully, his personality grows in the future. It was still a quick read and I am interested in finding out what happens next.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Amazons are coming! The Amazons are coming!

“In the summer of 2002, a plague of unknown origin destroyed every last sperm, fetus, and fully developed mammal with a Y chromosome – with the apparent exception of one young man and his pet, a male Capuchin monkey.”

And so begins book two of Y: The Last Man, where there’s a whole lotta crazy going on. The subtitle of book two is “Cycles,” and cycles can refer to many different things: motorcycles, the cycles of birth, growth and death, cycles of se
Bill Khaemba
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*

Wow! This was REALLY good, I definitely enjoyed this more then the last trade.
Nicholas Talty
Loving the story so far. Glad (view spoiler).
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
and there it is, the built up, the tempo, the charisma of brian k. vaughan. From the slow built up in volume one, the series has taken a sharp turn with action, suspense and page turning drama!
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's quite a few reviewers offended by these volumes, the way the women are portrayed isn't exactly flattering, the amazons are an awful group very stereotypical men haters, the first decent group of women we find in this volume turn out to be criminals, or junkies and it just gets a bit tedious that all the women are kinda dicks, even mann and 355 you're very wary of them, like we don't know much about their pasts yet.
So many are offended, and i get that however you should have stopped read
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This series is shaping up to be one of my all time favorites.

When we last left Yorick, he was trying to travel across the United States with the help of Agent 355 and Dr. Mann. This is especially difficult when most roadways are blocked with abandoned vehicles and other large obstacles. Therefore, the best route of travel? Train. The trip is interrupted quickly when attacked by a gang of women separate from the Amazons. Once again, their journey is thrown into disarray. To go any further in the
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: comic fans
This volume is really heavy on the Amazons, which is unfortunate, because in my opinion, the Amazons are to real feminists what blackface performers are to actual black people. The Amazons are the authors' completely un-subtle representations of everything that people (especially men, but even some women) fear about feminists: They want to castrate men (and not always figuratively)! They want to rule the world! They hate childrearing, domesticity, common decency, and basic morals! Aahhhhh! Hide ...more
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, comics-scifi
If there were only one man left alive, all the powerful political factions would fight over him and chase him to all ends of the globe and desire to possess him. Ok, yes it's possible. Does anyone else think it's a little male-centered? And on that note, this whole series is in a world largely of women now, and all the authors can do is follow around one cissexual male who is the central figure in a drama with all the women orbiting around him. And the battle of the sexes is on more intensely th ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
If you want to read this graphic novel, then you probably already read the first book of this series. You haven't??! What the hell are you doing here then, read the first one! This one was interesting just as the first one. And can I just say how much I like the illustrations (is this the right expression for comics?) The penciller, colorist and inker are really talented…and the writer also, of course. I was surprised when I saw how the relationship between Yorick and Hero changed. I was feeling ...more
Jesse A
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Odd series. I don't love it but it's interesting enough to keep me going.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
As I mentioned after reading Unmanned, I gave volume two of this series a go to make sure I wasn't missing anything about it. It didn't really improve, so I feel okay in not going any further into the story. There's a very interesting premise here, which is different enough from the other "Last Man on Earth" stories I've read to pique my interest, but the final product is a bit too juvenile and ridiculous to keep it.
In this volume, Yorick has made it a bit further into his journeys, accompanied
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

***Buddyread with the Shallow Readers! Criteria: Women seeking last man and monkey a few weeks late***

It's been two months since I read Unmanned. So going into this was weird at first. I obviously remembered the main premise and the most of the main players. But waiting that long is something I shouldn't do again.

Anywho. This was awesome once I remembered everything that was going on. Yorick is still a stand up fucking guy, thank god. As the last man on Earth (as far as we know) he's still not a
Emily May
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this even more than the first. The series has a lot of Vaughan's trademark humour, whilst also offering different and interesting perspectives on what would happen if all men died (except one) and women inherited the earth. Though there are plenty of crazies in this post-men era, the story and themes are ultimately very feminist.
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Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars

It's weird, I was bored half of the time while reading this and thinking about rating it really really low.. but then something really cool happened.. It's not as good as Saga, but pretty solid (so far).
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Amazons really don't work for me.
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This series definitely isn't without its faults, but it's still super enjoyable.
Maybe I'm getting too critical with the books I'm reading but this series isn't very believable. I mean honestly, if this did happen, would everyone be out to kill the last guy on earth? Wouldn't he be extremely special in the hope of keeping humanity alive? These "amazon" women who apparently hate men are trying to end "male oppression" by killing the last remaining man on earth. And what is up with his sister being brainwashed to kill him? It just doesn't make sense. I kept thinking, "don't th ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-jar-2017
I read this for my December 2017 TBR pick: “Read a graphic novel”.

This was an amazing sequel and I can’t wait to read the next one! This story just keeps getting better and better. I was really impressed!
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So goooood.
Things took a few turns in this volume that I didn't see coming. I was glad to get some explanation about some things, but overall I left with more questions than answers. I'm more invested in the series than I was after the first one.

The artwork continues to be solid. I still don't like it as much as Saga, but it's still up there.
Maybe it's because I knew what kind of tone and writing to expect, but I liked this better than the first volume. It's still falling short of the mark I think to make a meaningful commentary about gender, but it might be getting there? IDK. I'll see if I borrow volume three from the library
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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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