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Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Two

(Y: The Last Man #3-4)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  8,444 ratings  ·  346 reviews
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Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers that 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 and the mysterious Agent 355, York embarks on a transc
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Vertigo
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(A-) 82% | Very Good
Notes: It uses peril as a vehicle for backstory, while its sparse backcountry landscape accentuates dread, desolation and loss.
3-1/2 stars

I'm not sure I have a ton to say about this installment. The story is interesting enough to keep me reading, and the artwork is appealing, even in the scenes spattered with blood.

I personally found the Arizona/southern belle ladies of the militia story line to be absolutely chilling.

I do admire how this series does an excellent job of reflecting all the various kinds of women there are, and filling its world with them (why, almost as if women were just regular people!). On the other
Although it's slower and a little less compelling than Book One (possibly due to the lack of an imposing and formidable villain like Victoria), it's still a well-written season with witty comedy and true heart. Excited to see where the series goes next!
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story is developing really well. Loving the characters even if still a little cliched. Already got the next book.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
PROBS 3.5 stars. I liked it more than book one. There was a lot more drama and excitement which I really loved and a lot of the plot points took me by surprise. Will definitely continue the series.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

"With little power comes little responsibility."

"If there's one thing I hate, it's crappy works of fiction that try to sound important by stealing names from the bard."

For some reason Book One seemed to take its time getting started and it felt kinda dry. This did not. Yorick's cheese ball humor is awesome, the character dynamics are captivating, and the plot points seem less incidental and more consequential. I also found myself caring about the characters more, perhaps due to more development.
Still not feeling it. I liked the second book of Y even less than the first one, because at least the first one had some originality going for it. In the second, Yorick is still the only male human alive in the world, and Ampersand is still the only male monkey. And the world still revolves around them. They still haven't reached California, and on the way ridiculous things happen. Mostly the women seem extremely horny, in shape and wear not many clothes. Even though some of those women say thin ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This is the second installment of the graphic novel Y: The Last Man. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first. There are a couple of parts that seem out of place and disjointed from the rest of the narrative. I had to flip back and make sure I hadn’t missed any pages.

The characters are all there, 355, Dr. Mann, Yorick and Ampersand, with a couple new and interesting introductions. The other thing that I think was missing from this book were fleshed out villains. In Book 1 we had H
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great series, this seems to split neatly into three story sections and manages a good balance between humour, action and plot development. Great character setup.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
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Elizabeth A
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphix, 2016
This deluxe edition book two collects issues #11-23, and I liked this installment even less than the first one. Let me try to articulate why.

As I've said in my review of the first volume, just because all but one man dies, it's not as if the world stops turning. In this volume, we meet more groups of women, some of whom add absolutely nothing to the plot, other than as a means to show some barely clothed voluptuous bodies. If such a apocalypse were to occur, I'd agree that not all women would re
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2016
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I love this series!!! The dialogue is snappy, smart, and funny, the characters are multi-dimensional with their own distinct histories and motivations and the action is compelling and suspenseful. Not only is this an original idea, it is executed with real finesse and with a great sense of humor.

Yorick is the perfect not-hero. He's just your regular guy, young, impulsive, mouthy, a little stunned sometimes but basically in possession of real heart and good intentions. It's not easy being the la
Michelle Curie
This was more of everything I loved about the first two volumes of this story. It made me giggle, turn pages in hyper-speed and just have a good time altogether.

I felt like there was less depth to it this time around. That doesn't mean that there wasn't loads of stuff happening: a Russian Soyuz capsule is coming down, carrying three passengers: one woman and two men. Men, guys, men! We also get confronted with Yorick's survivors guilt and our group running against a roadblock in Arizona in form
Scott Rhee
In “Y: The Last Man, The Deluxe Edition, Book Two”: The Israelis, tasked with finding Yorrick, have followed him to a nowhere town in Kansas, which also happens to be where the three survivors (two male and one female) of the Soyuz Space Station have programmed their escape capsule to land; meanwhile, since movies and TV and most of the nation’s electrical grid are nonexistent since 50% of the population died, traveling acting troupes are the new big thing; Yorrick’s monkey, Ampersand, is picked ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Small Step (#11-15). The third arc examines another interesting consequence of the "Y" die-off: what if there were men in space who didn't succumb to the plague (or whatever it was)? It's an interesting idea that lets Vaughan really expand the scope of his story, but on the downside it takes time away from Yorick and the rest of our protagonists. Despite that, it maintains some nice tension and keeps connecting up threads from the first volume, this time in the form of the Israelis. In the e ...more
Stephen Richter
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
How is it a story always get better when a dominatrix shows up? second volume get stronger in both story and illustrations.


After reading the first book of Brian K. Vaughan’s classic graphic novel, “Y: The Last Man,” I just had to read more from this Eisner Award winning series! So, I finally picked up the second book to “Y: The Last Man” and it was just as INTENSE, HEARTBREAKING AND EXCITING as the last volume!

What is this story about?

Yorick Brown, along with his new allies, Agent 355 and Dr. Allison Mann, still embark on the journey to reach Dr. Mann’s lab in San Francisco so that way, Dr. Man
B. P. Rinehart
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to B. P. by: Milli
I;m glad I read this book, as it addressed one of my key concerns of this series: protagonist character development. We finally see Yorrick "grow the beard" some and it is done as well as you could hope in this collection (which collects volumes 3 & 4) and I hope it is sustained in the future volumes. I am not a very experienced reader of sci-fi, but I know my dystopian fairly well so I get a little agitated when the genre is not properly executed. This volume , though, is handled well. ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Quite possibly the best graphic novel series I've read as an adult. It's a book that would have been trenchant and vital on its publication in 2002, but in light of #metoo and #timesup it's taken on even more relevance. This volume continues Yorick's – the "last man" of the title – westward journey with 355, the government agent sent by his Senator mother to protect him, and Dr. Mann, the physician who may have the secret to curing the plague that killed every man on the planet (except Yorick an ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Definitely the best volume since the beginning. A lot of what appeared to be stupid plot points are explained here though I have to say explaining why Yorrick acts like he does does not explain why the women in charge let him risk his life.

The BDSMish questionning was hilarious especially the mention that Sade helped invent it.

Everything was quite nice here. One thing that irked me though SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER of course the one person that gets out alive is her. Sheesh...
Einar Jensen
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This review goes for the whole series. The comic is seemingly smart enough and self aware enough to be critical of its own misogyny. Or, it ought to be: it's full of bright, funny criticism of our society's misogyny and the entrenched, toxic objectification of women's bodies. Why, then, is there so much gratuitous objectification of nearly every female character? Why does every woman have a body of impossible proportions? Why is there so much senseless nudity? Either the comic isn't smart enough ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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. In this volume we deal with the possibility that Yorick is not the only human male still alive, Israeli agents trying to abduct him, a play about the L ...more
J.M. Hushour
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
My estimation of this comic seems to be wilting with every passing issue I read. The three main characters, swiftly devolving into smug, pop-culture reference-vomiting mirror universe versions of themselves, move from crisis to crisis trying to get the last man on Earth to California for reasons that I have, by now, forgotten. There's a lab there or something? Along they way Yorick and his conveniently pigeon-holed compaions move from one psychotic group of women to another. I mean, seriously? W ...more
What have I learned in Book Two?


I am still hazy on Agent 355's agenda, but she's growing on me big time. Dr. Mann is amazing. And hilarious.
Some women have become a little psychotic. Some are still sane. Some have hearts of stone. Some are still good. Most are powerful, which isn't always predictable. I can't believe how many of these characters have grown on me.

I also had my first experience of crushing on Yorick. It was when he drew a gun. I don't know what this says about me, but maybe I'll
Mitchel Broussard
Re-reading this I'm realizing that places I previously viewed as dead-spots were just cleverly disguised moments of foreshadowing. The characters ring true, the situations are tense, and the tone can ping-pong from dire to jovial and never lose a beat. There are epically bite-sized episodic adventures that flow seamlessly together, endless super out-there pop culture references, nimble plotting, and a lovably daft B.A. in English protagonist. It's Y: The Last Man in rare form.

Henry Blackwood
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m still conflicted on whether I like this series or not. I really liked, again, how the trade came to an end. I thought it was a great way to bring the trade to a close, it worked on a number of levels. But at times, this series feels really disjointed. For example, the highly meta issues centred around the play was awful for me. I personally thought it was the most boring angle BKV could’ve explored for that story and I felt like it took away from the steady character development and pacing t ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m enjoying the art work a lot in this series. Consistent and the characters aren’t confusing like in some I’ve read.

The storyline is going somewhere and the timescales are realistic, unlike some post apocalyptic stories where people get from A to B in record time. This group are taking months to travel from one side of the USA to the other, which I imagine would be true with little to no mechanical transport options.

I wish the groups of women the main characters meet are explored in depth mo
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
More compelling story and art, though suffers from some predictability. We get a few nuggets of background on Yorick, and he grows a spine thanks to a... therapy session with Agent 711. More minor characters (friendly and not so) come and go, most of the villains are dealt with tidily, and last volume's big reveal fizzles out. Ends with a bang, though.
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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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