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Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Five (Y: The Last Man #9-10)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  4,891 Ratings  ·  280 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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Raeleen Lemay
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, graphicomanga
The very ending felt a bit rushed, but otherwise this would probably be my favorite volume of the series! SO MANY EMOTIONS.
"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
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.

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
Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
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.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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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
(A-) 84% | Very Good
Notes: Spends every penny of banked emotional currency on reunions, confessions, farewells and a pitch-perfect final issue.
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
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.
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
The ending made me feel so much.
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
Dustin Boggs
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whole series review: the story was captivating; a single session read series of books. Core characters developed well together growing internally and together while demonstrating the conflict that occurs when being too close for a long time. I found that some of the opinions of socially sensitive items (time or writing ) such as the homosexuality to be dated or expressed in a forced way and awkward especially in the first 2 books. My interest was waning a little by book 3 as some of the plot lin ...more
Konstantinos Georgokitsos
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a round up to both this book and the series as a whole, I will say that I loved it. There as a point in book 4 where the story looses focus, but the rest of the series has a good drive and Vaughan knows how to write gripping and funny dialogues. Guerra has a clear drawing style, so much so, that the book reminds me of European comics. And then there is the issue with the most idiotic (un-)scientific explanation for a central phenomenon in the series - it might have been better not to give any ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brian... You mother"&%¤!

Y: The last man has been a slow reading process for me. It was mediocre at it's best with a few interesting plot twists. But now, within the last few chapters Vaughan he gave me big, juicy slap straight to the face. That's what you get for doubting..

That ending though...

Not okay.
You leave my babies in Saga alone, you hear me!?
I'm going to write a very short review because I'm too emotional to deal with this right now.
I want to curl into a ball with my ratty baby blankie that I still use every night despite being 31-years-old and a pint gallon of ice cream with gobs of caramel and cookie dough and fudge. I only have the blankie.

I loved this whole series.
I loved the humor (which came back in full swing in book five after an absence in book four).
I loved the characters.
I loved the growth and the mystery and the rela
CJ Scurria
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Ongoing crises and battles lead up to this point as Yarwick seeks what he's looking for as the seeming last man on earth. As he looks for his one love, little does he know that what he really needs is not what he's expecting and "fate" can easily be taken away as easily as it is shown.

I don't exactly know what to feel about this ending. I did not expect any of it. I was pretty sad at a lot of the conclusions of this, the last books of this series. As unhappy as most of it was at least it was bit
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Karin
Review of the entire series available on my blog:


I was disappointed with this final volume, especially with the revelation which, as Yorick says, seemed completely unsatisfactory (view spoiler)
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Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
And so it ends. I was wondering how they would wrap this story up in just two more volumes when I started reading this, but I think Vaughan did a very, very good job. Even though he had to rely on the (view spoiler), I think it was the right move and very satisfying. But satisfying or not, christ what a tragedy :( I cried twice. Alright I'm just gonna spoiler tag this whole section because I don't feel like being careful. (view spoiler) ...more
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was an interesting end to a complex series. Truthfully, I'm still deciding exactly what I think now that it's over. Book 5 does improve on some of the issues I had with 4. And many of the strengths of the series play out well here. I continue to have some issues with Vaughan's work but there's no denying that his stories are engaging and imaginative.

As far as the grand explanation and wrap-up, it's hard to say. The tie-back to other points in the series was interesting, and I can appreciat
Ken Moten
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Mitchel Broussard
Building off the success of the previous volumes, Y: The Last Man ends not with a bang, but, well you know. And that's the genius of it, this series doesn't need a big Parisian showdown between good and evil to cap off its epic tale. Just a villain, some lovelorn heroes, and a gunshot.

When all is said and done, Y: The Last Man wasn't "the best thing I've ever read." Too many of its periphery characters were thin and numerous side-adventures rambled on too far long for that, but with its poetic d
Jeff Jackson
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well, damn, I gotta say I didn't expect the series ending to pack so much punch. It's both unexpected and completely satisfying, eschewing a finale full of fireworks for something much more understated, melancholy, and ambiguous that still builds to a spine-tingling final panel. An uncompromising mix of brutal and tender, it's unquestionably the story's finest installment and a reward to those who came along for the entire ride.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Y: the last man has some of the most interesting characters and relationships I have read in a graphic novel, and I'm sad to say goodbye. Endings to a long series are difficult to pull off well, and this certainly offered some unexpected developments. Any ending of this magnitude inevitability leaves some things hanging, but it was an exhilarating, emotional, mostly satisfying ending to a fantastic comic.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm going to pretend the last two issues didn't happen. And despite those trope-y things that happened, I still found myself crying over a monkey during that Six Feet Under-esque ending, because when you spend that much time with a series, you feel things. But felt totally cheated in the story's resolution.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally, Yorick is reunited with Beth, but things don't end up exactly as planned. I personally was glad they didn't, because after five years how could you still feel the same way about someone you haven't seen - or spend five years at someone's side and not develop feelings about them. The series wrapped up nicely without seeming unrealistic.
♘♕ Sophie ☺
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This volume will be forever stained with my tears.

It took me a long time to read, because I didn't want it to end. When it did, I was glad that it ended where it did because I had ran out of tears. 5/5 for being my favourite graphic novel series.
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo
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