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Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Five

(Y: The Last Man #9-10)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  7,254 ratings  ·  478 reviews
In this final deluxe edition, Yorick and Agent 355 prepare for their ultimate quest to reunite the last man with his lost love, while the person, people or thing behind the disaster that wiped out half of humanity is revealed. Then, Yorick Brown’s long journey through an Earth populated only by women comes to a dramatic, unexpected conclusion.

Collects Y: The Last Man #49-6
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 328 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Vertigo
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(A-) 84% | Very Good
Notes: Spends every penny of banked emotional currency on reunions, confessions, farewells and a pitch-perfect final issue.
"It's not how you start, but how you finish."

Truer words have never been spoken. To quote from my much beloved Supernatural:
Endings are hard. Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There's always gonna be holes. And since it's the ending, it's all supposed to add up to something. I'm telling you, they're a raging pain in the ass.
Anyone who has ever fallen
Well this is it. The End. What an adventure. What a send-off. All of the storylines and every character come to a head here in an epic finale that matches the intensity of the rest of the series. Yorick and his ability to grow on you. Dr. Mann and her intelligence and snark. Ampersand and his knack for getting into trouble. Natalya and her accent. Hero and her 360º character arc. Alter and her steadfast dedication. And my favorite, 355 and her ultimate badassery. I didn't realize how I attached ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So of course, having finished book 4, I jumped straight into book 5.

This book messed me up. I’ve become so attached to these characters and their back and forth banter, I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye.

The overall conclusion to the problem of the gendercide isn’t the resolution I was hoping for, but it’s the one that made the most sense (scientifically speaking).

Major spoilers: (view spoiler)
“As far as answers go, it was … vaguely unsatisfying.”

“After everything we’ve been through? Is there any explanation that would have been satisfactory?”

You’ve got to admire a writer who is willing to own up to this!

And it’s true. There was no way there was going to be a truly satisfying explanation for what started the events of this story.

But this is still very much a comic series/graphic novel worth reading. It takes a crazy hypothesis: What if only one man were left on earth? and ju

I hadn't realized this was the final volume of this series! I'm so sad to discover that that is the case!

But that aside, all I can say is that I really really loved this series. It's my favorite graphic novel series I've read so far, that's for sure. I don't want to give anything away, so all I will say is that it's nothing short of greatness. The ending felt a little rushed, and I haven't decided yet exactly how I feel about the way the story ended, but despite the fact that I may have pre
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
NOT my fave of the series which is a shame considering it's the conclusion. I feel like it jumped around too much and the story revisited characters who we hadn't encountered for a while. There was no recap or anything so sometimes it would take me some time to remember who characters were. The ending felt a little sudden as well.

But honestly this is still a great series and I'm glad (but also sad) that I made it to the end.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read books 4 and 5 back to back. This has been. great series throughout. The last few issues become quite emotional, one aa different character arcs are finished ( not giving any spoilers) and you can sense an ending appearing around the corner. The theorys for the plague are great. You never really get a definitive answer or explanation. Definitely reccomended if you want a series to stick with for 60 issues.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
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Rory Wilding
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review is based on the entire series

Having read the first two volumes of his latest series Saga, I decided to get the entire series of Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, which has been much loved by people such as Joss Whedon, so the series must be good.

The story centres on Yorick Brown, who becomes the last man on Earth when a plague wipes out every living mammal with a Y chromosome, making the Earth as a world ruled by women. Along with his pet male monkey Ampersand, Yori
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Kayla Charisse
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though I'm not sure how to feel about the ending, this comic series is sure to remain one of my favorites of all-time. ...more
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-indies
This was an interesting series. Story was well thought off, an overall quality sci-fi. The explanation as of why all the males died was gibberish though, Vaughan should have thought something better than that collective memory shit. Art isn't my cup of tea but it supports the story sufficiently and the pop culture references stole the show.

At the end, the way relationships between the protagonists were portrayed (especially yorick and 355), how dynamics worked and the final destination for each
Stephen Richter
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a series this started a bit slow but once it got rolling it hit all the marks. Funny, great art, a great plot that keep you guessing as to what will come next and finally this series take the cultural shots you expect in a Dystopia tale. All in all, if you like your Sacred Cows well done, this is the series for you.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Stephen King's blurb, "The best graphic novel I've ever read," features prominently on the cover of Y: The Last Man Deluxe Edition Book Five.

Really, Stephen King?

Either you're not much of a reader of graphic novels or there's some context missing to your quote. Perhaps your redacted comment read in full, "The best graphic novel I've ever read while seated on a toilet in the Bangor, Maine, Greyhound terminal," or maybe, "The best graphic novel I've ever read since I woke up this morning," or perh
Joshua Adam Bain
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm finding it hard to find somewhere to start with this review. How can I capture some of the emotions I felt as I finished the last issue? Now I don't use the word 'emotions' lightly either. Especially since this is the first graphic novel I've ever read that has moved me to tears.

Simply put, this may one of my favorite graphic novel series I've ever read. After just finishing Garth Ennis' outlandish and amazingly quirky 'Preacher' series I was looking for something with a similar feel. And I
Scott Rhee
The ending of "Y The Last Man" came up so suddenly I almost didn't see it coming, which isn't a complaint. It's merely a lament: I was so saddened by the ending primarily because I just didn't want it to end.

Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's phenomenal graphic novel series comes to its amazing, tear-jerking, beautiful conclusion in "Y The Last Man: The Deluxe Edition Book Five", in which: the source of the man-ending plague is finally revealed; Yorrick is finally reunited with his fiancee Beth;
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great series. Loved it from start to finish. Some extra trippy bits at the finish but all good. Highly recomended
B. P. Rinehart
Ehh....I'm a little mixed on this last volume and this series overall. It is obvious that Brian K. Vaughan is a good storyteller, but this is definitely early in his career. His work on Saga is much more polished and emotionally intelligent/mature. This story ends in a very pithless way and feels like Vaughan just wanted to be done with the series. It also does not help--for me--that he writes in this annoying white hipster asshole way (same problem with the narration in Saga) that dates and get ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Motherland (#49-52). We're clearly near the end because this is the first really conclusive Y story. Lots of the science is explained, especially all the cloning that we've been getting since volume one, and we may even have an answer for the plague. Along the way, several of our characters are in real danger, and it's not clear who will make it out. Put together strong tension and interesting answers to long-standing questions, and you have one of Y's best stories [8/10].

The Obituarist (#53). W
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still a couple filler issues, but as an "epilogue" and a piece of world-building, they sort of work. I like that they still left some confusion about the cause of the plague, but doing it by offering a bunch of conflicting explanations felt a bit on the lazy. That said, it's hard to fault how good of an ending this is. Ampersand is a new favorite comic book character. ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I won't give up any spoilers - the series finished really strong.

Super fun, fast, and funny read all around, thanks Joel for the rec & lend!
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
Drew (graysonsyd)
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
The fifth and final Deluxe Edition Book of Y: The Last Man manages to provide readers with a somewhat satisfying conclusion to this sprawling adventure chronicling the (no longer) last man on earth and his pet monkey. This final installment details four short arcs ('Motherland', 'The Obituarist', 'Tragicomic', 'Whys And Wherefores'), as well as the extended (and altogether quite perfect) final issue 'Alas'. Unfortunately, Y: The Last Man does stumble slightly on it's last legs across the finish ...more
Nick Kives
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best series out there. All 5 books (60 issues total) have been great, and its another series that I'm kind of sad that I have completed. The final issue is also one of those that you don't want it to end how it does, but there really is no better ending. My only complaint is that enough explanation about the plague is given. Brian K Vaughan has been able to go from literary references on one page and then the characters are running for their lives on the next and it is seamles ...more
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very emotional, well-earned ending to a fantastic epic. The final issue nearly brought me to tears, and that is not something that happens to me often (I'm such a big tough man after all (yeah right)). But in seriousness, I loved how this story ended up playing out. It hits all the right notes, wrapping up the intricate story, giving the characters their due without branding them with a big fat "Happily Every After" stamp. I definitely will read this whole thing over again someday. ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favourites
Can I consider myself a real man when imaginary characters in a comic book make me cry? This series got better with every volume and it comes as no surprise when the characters grow on you and it's also predictable that it'll be sad to let them go in the end. But this ending? I was not prepared for this.
Good writing. Good art. Fantastic comic.
Joe B
Oct 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
The book went a weird direction with skipping forward then back in time and it wasn't even to good parts. Seeing old man Yorik was very odd. But the biggest thing that made me mad about vol 5 is the assassination. Not cool - didn't like that at all. And Alter's motives were pretty weak too. Great/awesome art as usual, but the way the plot went was a huge downer. ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
God, I loved this series. So good.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The ending made me feel so much.
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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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