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Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Five

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In 2002, the world changes forever. Every man, every boy, every mammal with a Y chromosome everywhere on Earth suddenly collapses and dies. With the loss of nearly half the planet’s population, the gears of society grind to a halt, and a world of women is left to pick up the pieces and try to keep civilization from collapsing entirely.

The “gendercide,” however, is not absolutely complete. For some unknown reason, one young man named Yorick Brown and his pet male monkey, Ampersand, are spared. Overnight, this anonymous twenty-something becomes the most important person on the planet — the key, it is hoped, to unlocking the secret of the mysterious sex-specific plague.

For Yorick himself, the cause of the epidemic is less important than the fate of his beloved fiancée, Beth. Now, after nearly four years and countless grueling miles, the final answers are about to be revealed—and the truth may be more than any man could bear.

In the conclusion to their acclaimed VERTIGO series Y: THE LAST MAN, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra bring to vivid life the age-old speculation: What would really happen to the last man on Earth?

Collects: Y: The Last Man #49-60.

328 pages, Hardcover

First published May 3, 2011

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Brian K. Vaughan

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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 www.PanelSyndicate.com

BKV's work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes for film and television in Los Angeles, where he lives with his family and their dogs Hamburger and Milkshake.

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Profile Image for Trudi.
615 reviews1,419 followers
January 17, 2014
"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 in love with characters enough to follow them through many pages and various books is familiar with that aching feel of needing to get to the end but never wanting it to be over. Closure to a series, that “final” book that has to come eventually gives rise to such a vast array of contradictory emotions – even when the ending delivers more than you could possibly have ever hoped for, but especially when it doesn’t. Oh the betrayal! Oh the crushing disappointment! See? It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

I began Y: The Last Man series back in April and I was a smitten kitten from the start. Oh yes, can you spell "shameless fangirl"? The premise is just simply fantastic and oh so deliciously tantalizing with possibilities. What would happen if one day without warning ALL the men on the planet just up and died, including any Y-chromosome carrying mammals … ALL that is except for the unassuming, underachieving twenty-something Yorick and his pet male Capuchin monkey Ampersand. Yes, starting this epic story would be easy ... finishing was gonna be a bitch.

Because I was able to absorb / inhale / ingest all sixty issues in a few short months I did not have to face the long, agonizing wait between issues, or the anxiety that the creator would die before finishing (a common nightmare I had about Stephen King before he finished The Dark Tower series and one that nearly came true when he was struck by a van and almost killed while out walking one day near his home in 1999).

I loved getting this story all in one rush – the momentum never slowed, I never had a chance to forget characters, or salient plot points. I was living and breathing the adventure and like any addict, I never wanted it to end. But all good things must, and this series is no exception. I feared the ending as much as I craved it. Disappointed I did not want to be ... I couldn’t face feeling robbed or cheated. After coming along for the ride this far, and thinking about little else in-between, I expected BIG. EPIC. EXTRAORDINARY. UNFORGETTABLE. Keep my expectations reasonable? Never!

I had nothing to fear I’m so drunk with happiness and relief to report. If you choose to start this series (and I HIGHLY recommend that you do), you will not be disappointed with how it finishes. Heart-pounding, heartbreaking, white-knuckling, shocking, and bruising – this is just some of what to expect.

I’m not a graphic novel aficionado – in fact, I’m quite the newbie. I can say this series has taught me a lot about the magic and strength of the format, how it combines images and text together in a way that isn’t film or novels but some intoxicating lovechild of both. Before reading this series I assumed graphic novels by default would be heavy on action and seriously lacking in character development. Boy, is my face red. I can’t remember the last time I came to care about people (and monkey) the way I did here. I also became addicted to the snappy dialogue that's intelligent and filled with irony, humor and pop culture references. And that action? It’s there alright and just as addictive.

I will definitely re-read this series at a later date.
Profile Image for Richard.
984 reviews361 followers
March 11, 2018
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 I was to these characters until it hit me that I would have to tell them goodbye. And what a goodbye it was: a poignant, bittersweet resolution that doesn't take the easy way out, but left me totally satisfied. Definitely the best full complete comic book series I've read so far. I would easily give this my highest recommendation to anyone!
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814 reviews205 followers
October 30, 2019
“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 just runs with it. No one is going to agree with every scenario presented for how things would go, but it definitely gets a person thinking. And speaking as one of those obnoxious people who counts female-to-male ratios in scenes on TV and in movies and despairs at how often they tend to be 3 to 5 men and 1 woman, it’s really refreshing to read a comic where there can’t be more than 1 man in the frame (except in flashbacks).

I was saddened and disappointed by one piece of the ending: . And I was a little mystified by a reveal: .

Overall, though, this was ambitious, unpredictable, utterly gripping, and a fascinating exploration of a big, seemingly preposterous idea. There are sequences of breathtaking inspiration and genius. And I loved the artwork, as well, despite some of the male gaze affecting the depictions of the female characters. I’m so glad a friend mentioned this to me and I got intrigued enough to look for it. And I will definitely reread the series sometime.
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641 reviews149 followers
July 1, 2018
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:

As ever the artwork was beautiful, probably some of my favorite artwork in the few graphic novels I’ve read thus far.

I can’t recommend this series enough.
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618 reviews163 followers
October 20, 2016

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 preferred a tidier, happier ending, I really really loved this and it will be difficult for any series to compete or compare.
Profile Image for Caroline.
592 reviews799 followers
February 22, 2017
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.
Profile Image for RG.
3,090 reviews
March 25, 2018
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.
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3,402 reviews
October 22, 2016
I know they say he's had emotional growth, but the minute he doesn't like something, he has the same stupid knee jerk reactions he's always had.

Observe him with Beth. He proposes to her, has sex with her, and then decides that he doesn't want to be with her, because she wanted to break up with him a long time ago, rightfully, because he was a nutjob. Because he has plan b, 355. Who tells him, correctly, that he needs to shut up, because chances are that he will ditch her the minute they have sex. This isn't much different from the way he was always.

There are some pretty words he tells 355, and they might have been moving, if not for the fact that they seem to belong in a different story, with different characters. I couldn't take him seriously (neither could 355, see above).

And then there are some things:

Some random character we've met before in some interlude issue mentions that she used to think, once, that Shakespeare was really a woman, because truth and beauty etc. But now, after years of just women, she doesn't think so, because women know nothing of truth and beauty. Someone else gives a lame defense, something about how much worse it would have been with just men, but that's not really a defense. Quote one female author for heaven's sake. There's never been any dearth.

The same characters go on about the fact that all women want to do is read trashy romances. This I was inclined to agree with, considering I had just stupidly spent my time reading all 60 issues of this particular comic, and trashy is pretty much how I would describe it. (Romance is stretching it, but then again, there's a bit of Rose and Allison I didn't mind). Worse still, this character had this opportunity to empower women by means of her art, and all she does is make the same stale action movies that the male society made, and she even gets called on it. (It doesn't seem like she knows she's wrong).

Later, in an absolutely ridiculous sequence, the main villain of the piece, Alter, the Israeli commander, tells Y that she's suicidal. She feels like she deserves a good death, given all that she's done in battle, and she doesn't want her death to be at the hands of a "girl". Which is why she's done all the shitty things she's done, killed even her close associates, because she wanted to be killed by a man. I don't even know what to say. I hope to heavens I missed the point, but then, it's not all that well written, and it's atrociously drawn. After 60 issues I couldn't figure out the differences between certain characters, that's how similar they were. There's also nothing that does require exceptional artwork.
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Profile Image for Alexander Peterhans.
Author 2 books172 followers
October 16, 2021
This is not so much a review of this volume alone, but of the series as a whole.

And I just don't get why everyone loves it so much. To me it feels like a work of its time, and reads as kind of quaint and unsubtle to me, old fashioned.

It presents its apocalypse as world changing (which it by definition is), but doesn't really explore the horror - half the world's population suddenly dies, in quite a gruesome way. That's approximately 3.5 billion corpses that need to be moved and disposed of. I know, there is the one off in this volume about burning corpses in the stadium, but that wouldn't start to cover it.

And then there's the amazing trauma of losing all those loved ones - sons, brothers, friends. That would have repercussions for years, surely. Instead we get comics stuff like the Amazons, which feels like it takes place in a different world.

Yorick is a dickhead, and I get the feeling he's supposed to be loveable, which never registered with me. Vaughan tries to retcon Yorick's dickhead decisions in later volumes, in the insane psychoanalysis part of the story - less said about that episode, the better.

The supposed reason for the man cull is very silly, and doesn't really make sense. The reason for Alter, the Israeli nutcase, for wanting to find Yorick is actively insulting. Yorick's love story ends in the only way it could, at which point his switch to loving a different person is ridiculous and rushed.

And then the only actually likeable character in the series, gets offed. Disheartening, to say the least.

The epilogue thinks it's smarter than it is, and feels very tacked on.

Read this with X: The Old Woman, Anne, and I am so sorry, Anne.
Profile Image for Rory Wilding.
639 reviews24 followers
March 17, 2019
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, Yorick attempts to travel Australia to find his girlfriend Beth, but his role as the last man creates problems in this post-apocalyptic environment.

Best known for his work in comics such as Ex Machina and now with Saga, as well as writing for TV shows like Lost and developer of Under the Dome (of which I've lost interest), Vaughan is a true comic book visionary who can go manic with his ideas, and with the simple premise of a lone man surviving in a world ruled by women, this isn't like William Shatner in a certain Star Trek episode. Told in sixty issues, we see Yorick, Ampersand, his bodyguard Agent 355 and Dr. Allison Mann on an epic journey which has many twists and turns that are sexy, disturbing and even scientific. In terms of the genesis of the plague, it is never really discovered about what caused it, only suggestions, either religious, sci-fi or a gag like "death-by-chick-flick".

As Vaughan is known for embedding savvy pop culture and comic references, Yorick Brown is a quintessential Brian K. Vaughan character as Brown is a twenty-something who not only has a talent as an escape artist, but can quote anything from a film, a TV show or a song, just to baffle Agent 355, or even in a dangerous life-and-death situation. One of the best characteristics of Yorick is his commitment to find his girlfriend, despite getting into sexual situations that have serious consequences. Plus, Yorick's relationship with Ampersand is the adult equivalent to the partnership between Tintin and Snowy, which is moving and funny, especially when the monkey throws his own shit at his owner.

There have been a debate over the depiction of various kinds of women as well as their sexuality, even some questioning whether or not Vaughan has a misogynist view of women. Like Joss Whedon, the writer presents strong female characters from Agent 355 who is mysterious and not afraid to display violence, to Yorick's sister Hero who starts off villainous but goes on a journey of redemption. While there are supporting characters, good or bad, that might come and go, they return to have their own subplot that gives you a great insight of this female-driven world.

Although Brian K. Vaughan had admitted as not being the most visual writer, lead penciller Pia Guerra is excellent at drawing the dialogue-heavy sequences and capturing the character's emotions, but does offer plenty of action which at times can be shockingly violent. While there have been attempts at adapting Y: The Last Man into TV and film, the moments that I think would be unfilmmable are Yorick's dream sequences, in which he tries to save his girlfriend through genre-based set-pieces i.e. Flash Gordon sci-fi and Conan fantasy.

Despite lacking a true explanation of the plague, all the character drama from the first fifty-nine issues come full circle in the final issue which is a complete eye-opener will stick with you, with a final image that gives a sense of closure. Available in five deluxe edition volumes, Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra is an extraordinary comic book series that puts a new spin on the last man on Earth.
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2,319 reviews48 followers
August 28, 2021
3.75 stars. The big finale. Everyone is headed to France. Yorick looking for his GF Beth, the other Beth and the astronaut lady and Hero looking for Yorick and the Israeli general looking for them all. After 4 or 5 years ( I can’t remember) how will the reunion of Yorick and Beth go? Will the Israeli army find them? What happens with Dr. Mann’s research? Will she fix the “no men” problem? All the answers are here. This was a pretty decent ending. It had all the drama one would expect with all these characters and story plots colliding. There was a major tragedy that happened that I didn’t see coming. Man that was rough. But Cayce and her traveling stage show and later movie production team was kind of useless. I’m not sure why the kept popping up throughout the story. They didn’t add to the story or further it any. The epilogue was a nice touch tho. Although this run didn’t hit me in all the right spots to make me really love this like a lot of people, it did do enough to where I mostly enjoyed the ride.
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1,534 reviews6 followers
January 24, 2017
I'm not the best judge of whether an ending is satisfying. I tend to prefer the start of any series to the end of it because I love to see where it begins. This series has had it's ups and downs for me and this book is no exception. That being said, I wouldn't say this ending was dissatisfying. It's more that I saw a way I wanted it to go, it didn't go there and I'm having to adjust.

I didn't like the idea that 355/Dr. Mann was really over after they slept together once. There was such a great relationship that developed between them and when Vaughn blew it up, it was like they weren't even friends anymore. They didn't have a lot of conversation with each other afterwards and what they had was mostly fighting. Their farewell was said, especially because it was clear that 355 still loved her. Just not that way? Or she did but she knew Rose would be better for her? I don't know but I kind of didn't like that Rose was so dedicated and willing to give up her womb for Dr. Mann's experiments. It seemed like she did it as an apology.

The subplot with the playwrights kind of went nowhere? It was a call back to a storyline that was weak to begin with and I'm not sure why it was there.

The plot with Natalya, Beth, Beth Jr. and Hero was kind of interesting. I'm glad they were supporting each other but I was so focused on Yorick and 355.

I knew Beth would be a disappointment. Everyone knew Beth would be a disappointment. It's amazing that Yorick couldn't see that. That scene was great, though. The art does such a wonderful job expressing emotions on Yorick's face and when Beth finally reveals what she was going to tell him on the phone, it was heartbreaking. I love Yorick and I hated that he had to go through that.

As dissatisfied as I was with 355/Dr. Mann ending, the decision to make Yorick/355 happen wasn't terrible to me. They've been through so much together and she's saved his life so many times. I was in love with her so of course Yorick was, too. I knew he'd realize it after finally seeing Beth again. That scene where he tells her was great. I really believed him when he said that 355 is who made him want to live. I love that she finally told him her name (although the fact that we still don't know it is anger inducing).

355 is one of my all time favorite female characters. It takes a lot to make a character that hides their past, emotions and their name from everyone compelling. Vaughn managed to do that with 355. She cares so deeply for Yorick, Dr. Mann and Ampersand. She is dedicated, dutiful, protective and she's funny. Of course Yorick fell in love with her. She was fantastic and that's another reason I kind of hate this book.

Her death was anger inducing. I know, I know, it's like Harry Potter: someone important had to die. Considering where the story ends up after they leave China, I figured it'd be Yorick or 355. I just hate that it happened and I wish she could've lived. How sad is it that she dedicated her life to protecting people and the moment she decides to live for herself, at least for a little while, she dies? It sucks! It fucking sucks. She deserved better!

That being said... I get it. I get why it ends that way.

It's a tragedy. Yorick would understand. He'd also say it was complete bullshit.

He finally realizes the person he's meant to spend the rest of his life with was right beside him (he was "behind her black ass" like 355 said) and it's in time for her to die. I felt sorry for him and the ending just twists the knife.

Yorick spends the rest of his life trying to make a relationship with Beth work for Beth Jr. but he was in love with 355. I felt so sorry for him.

I'm a little confused if the scene with the debris field and 355 and Yorick was a flashback or if Rose ignored Yorick's wishes and cloned her anyway? There wasn't a clear distinction.

This series was funny, diverse, and clever. It had such an interesting premise and the characters were rich and had so much depth. It would make such a kickass TV show and I hope someone adapts it someday and does it well. It has its problematic elements and I wanted to sock Yorick in the nads at times but it has a lot of heart, too. I'm going to miss it!

It's fitting that this book ends with him escaping because Yorick will always be an escape artist. Considering his brush with suicide, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to gather that he did it for fun or because he felt like he'd done his duty and it was time to go.

Update: They ARE making a tv show for FX! I hope it's good! I hope they cast the characters well! *fingers crossed*
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Profile Image for Atlas.
221 reviews254 followers
March 12, 2022
YOU KILLED MY AMPERSAND???????????.....F**K :(((

that was a very good tale....but I'll give it 4 stars instead of 5 for the shitty end :(
Profile Image for Shannon Appelcline.
Author 22 books138 followers
September 24, 2021
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 [5/5].

The Obituarist (#53). Wow, Waverly, the body-collector from early in this series, gets her own issue. However the joy of this issue is seeing [XXX] laid to rest and thinking about the statement that women were only able to come of their own in society when every single man is dead Sigh. [4+/5].

Tragicomic (#54). The return of our actors from long ago is just a long setup for a single joke. Meh. [3/5].

Whys and Wherefores (#55-59). Our around-the-world tour has finally ended where it always had to end, in Paris, and Vaughan gives us a very deserving finale. All the characters come on screen, and each acts according to their character, really demonstrating what we've learned about them to the date. And the endings: oh my gosh, the endings. There's clearly a message here about faerie tales, and what to expect when you believe in them. This is the strong and biting ending that we expected from the strong and biting first volumes of Y [5/5].

Alas ... (#60). Sixty years later is a fine way to end such a far-reaching comic. This final issue touches back on some of the great characters and tropes of the comic and brings a few tears with them. Though I become less sure of the traumatic events of #58 the more I reread this comic, this last issue, and the last page in particular, remain some of the best in comics [5+/5].
Profile Image for Scott Rhee.
1,847 reviews68 followers
July 8, 2019
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; Agent 355 finally wears a dress; stuff happens; and more stuff happens but I can't say because it would be spoilers AND HOLY SHIT THIS SERIES IS OVER???!!! WHYYYYYY????!!!!!! DAMMIT, VAUGHAN/GUERRA, THIS SERIES WAS THE BOMB!!!!!!! IT CAN'T BE OVER...

Okay, enough of that. Sorry. It's just going to take me awhile to re-adjust to a world in which I'm not looking forward to reading more of this series.
Profile Image for Hilary "Fox".
2,026 reviews57 followers
December 16, 2021
Damn it.

I read this volume in a single sitting, staying up later than I ever intended to to finish it. Once I started I just couldn't stop. Remember how much you love the Golden Trio? Remember how much you wanted answers? All of that gets cashed in for the final arc, every bit of it being played upon. And you know what? It's done beautifully. Perfectly.

If you went into this volume wanting answers, you'll be slightly disappointed. This isn't really as much about getting every question answered - much if left to the imagination - as it is about the characters that we learned to know and love. We find out what happened to them - every one. We reminisce about what it means and the choices that were made. It's... a lot.

This will break your heart. This will make you smile. You might not be satisfied with the destination, although I personally was.

But damn.

What a journey.
Profile Image for Alex.
776 reviews31 followers
May 28, 2021
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 character are the highlights of the comic. Somehow though, I don't think Y is memorable and most probably I will forget most of it in a couple months.
Profile Image for Stephen Richter.
756 reviews22 followers
July 31, 2019
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.
Profile Image for Logan.
123 reviews34 followers
April 23, 2022
Wow. Perfect ending for perhaps the best graphic novel series, and one of the best stories I've ever read.
Profile Image for Petergiaquinta.
511 reviews106 followers
July 9, 2013
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 perhaps, "The best graphic novel I've ever read featuring a character named Yorick, if you don't count that Illustrated Classics version of Hamlet I browsed through in a bookstore once, but that Yorick was long dead before the story even started so it doesn't really count." But really, Stephen King, Y: The Last Man isn't the "best" anything.

Y: The Last Man may be better than King's own forays into the realm of the graphic novel, including his uninspiring work with American Vampire and the forgettable adaptations of The Dark Tower, but for a Vertigo title it's weak in comparison to a long list of better books from that publisher, including V Is for Vendetta, The Sandman, The Books of Magic, and much of Hellblazer, for starters.

Y: The Last Man offers an interesting premise: all the men in the world have died in a "gendercide" plague except for poor Yorick and his monkey Ampersand (me and my monkey?), but from there it's all pretty much retread as these two go off on their post-apocalyptic quest to save the world and find true love, accompanied by some fairly thin characters. Y: The Last Man needs to be a lot smarter, but it doesn't offer enough in the way of gender discussion (which is what the whole storyline should be exploring in much greater depth), and beyond some interesting cover art the artwork is standard fare.

So here are some suggestions for Stephen King and anyone else in search of "the best graphic novel": start with Maus and Persepolis; read Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore; try Daytripper, another and much better Vertigo offering than Y: The Last Man; read The Walking Dead; read Pekar and Bechdel and a lot of other folks; hey, you could even read Steve Gerber's Howard the Duck and you'd be closer to the title of "best" than you would be with Y: The Last Man. Me, I'm tempted to name The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or just about any Sandman or some of Jim Starlin's intergalactic work as my personal favorites, but I'm not stupid enough to call anything "the best" at this point in my life, and if I were it sure wouldn't be Y: The Last Man.

Profile Image for Joshua Adam Bain.
279 reviews5 followers
September 6, 2017
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 could feel a lot of influence from that series found here in this book. Going so far as to referencing the series as a comic the main character had read in college. Even overall I felt the whole road trip style story really mirrored 'Preacher', but at no point does this make Y: The Last Man seem like a copy in any way. It has so much original flavour and the characters are beautifully developed and loveably flawed. And to be specific, this book has one of the best romantic journeys I've ever read in this medium. So subtle, yet so powerful.

And speaking of subtleties, this book does them with flare and finesse. One example being Hero's relationship with her grandfather. Giving you enough information to understand what happened, without going into it in depth.

And let's just say the final issues where some really powerful stuff. Yoricks final moments with Amp left me feeling empty with a year in my eye.

I feel like I've lost a dear friend after finishing this. And to me that's a sign of a great book.
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456 reviews46 followers
May 10, 2023
And it all comes to an end, in the last volume we get to see a huge romantic part of the story, with feelings coming to the surface, sacrifices being made in the name of true love, and the tragic, heart rending endigs for some. But in the end, the greatest love of all, the love for life endures finding the way to keep humanity away from perishing, and to keep on thriving.

It was a good ride with a well written story overlapping many characters in a one big web of interconnected stories, with everyone fighting for the last man, each for their own objective in a world that has long been resorting to force over scarce resources, that never learned to cooperate or share...

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19 reviews
October 20, 2016
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.
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236 reviews44 followers
August 4, 2021
Prva dva dijela sam pročitao sada davne 2013. godine kad se svijet činio drugačijim. Štošta se dogodilo od tada, a naša zbilja se malčice i pomaknula zbivanjima iz ove zanimljive priče. Uz sve svoje uspone i padove, bolje i lošije dijelove, ipak je ovo jedan od boljih stripova koje sam pročitao. Sve u svemu jedna solidna četvorka za cjelokupnu sagu. Uskoro izlazi i ekranizacija pa se nadam da neće previše zastraniti u feminizam i sveopću političku korektnost. Mislim da je ovo dovoljno feministička priča u kojoj je ustvari taj posljednji muškarac poprilični glupko. Što i nije tako daleko od opisa većine muškaraca. ;)
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563 reviews151 followers
November 28, 2018
Great series. Loved it from start to finish. Some extra trippy bits at the finish but all good. Highly recomended
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848 reviews14 followers
February 27, 2023
I’m in a stingy mood with my stars lately, but I’m also dissatisfied with the ending and with the lame-ass explanation for the plague. I refuse to accept it and am trying to puzzle it out more logically…except I’m no doctor and no scientist….
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747 reviews254 followers
August 22, 2018
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 gets in the way of the prose/brings me out of the story. Now there is one more big series by him that I plan to read (besides, once again, Saga) called Runaways and I hope that that series lives up to reputation. So yeah, Y: The Last Man: good story, lackluster ending.
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971 reviews102 followers
January 21, 2013
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.
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