Hot on the heels of my other Brian K. Vaughan read, a friend passed me volumes 1 - 3 of this series. Volume 1 introduces us to a group of teens whose parents are having a dinner party in one their houses. The group discover a secret passageway and accidentally stumble accross their parents in one of the rooms, wearing superhero style costumes. They then witness their parents murder a teenage girl. On the assumtion their parents are actually supervillians, the group decide to run away from their homes and alert the police. However, it soon transpires that their parents are part of something much bigger and more powerful than they first imagined.
Clearly aimed at the early to mid teen demographic (its suggested for readers of age 12+), Brian K. Vaughan transposes the daily woes that all teens endure into an interesting and occasionally funny story. My only gripe is that at times the dialect is a little too 'teenified' and cutesey for its own good. Of course given its target reader group the violence, sex and foul language are minimal. Also due to its manga style format it looks odd on the bookshelf next to my regular sized graphic novels
This will no doubt appeal to fans of Whedon's Buffy the vampire slayer (Whedon in fact took up writing duties for the later Runaways episodes) and if you're looking for a new spin on the superhero/villian story this might be for you.
Set in 2002, Y: The Last man begins with the central Character Yorick (an escapologist) on the phone to his girlfriend in australia. Just as he is about to propose to her, somewhere else the first human clone is being born. At the same time as both of these events, every living thing on the planet with a Y chromasome suddenly expires. That is, except for Yorick and his helper monkey Ampersand. The story then follows Yorick as he attempts to reach first his mother in Washington, and then his girlfriend in Australia, all the while encountering millitant feminist groups and scientists along the way.
I was initially put off by the rather dated look of the art work, but I'm glad I persevered as Brian K. Vaughan packs lots comedy, action and social/political commentary into a stunning first volume. I have borrowed the hardback deluxe edition which contains volumes 1 and 2 from a friend, but I'm sure I'll buy these up eventually as they deserve a place on the shelf alongside other notable series such as Preacher and Ex Machina (another Vaughan title).
Sci-fi comics aren't normally my thing but having looked at this in the school library, I knew I wanted to read more.
Two worlds in the galaxy, Wreath and Cleave, and the residents are in opposition. But two soldiers on opposing sides fall in love and have a baby. Now both sides are after them and they must find somewhere safe in the galaxy to raise their family.
Star-crossed lovers indeed and nothing startingly new, but the dialogue and the characters will grab hold of you and it makes for gripping reading. Over the normal dialogue the baby narrates the story of her parents and tells us where the story is going to go.
On a personal note, I was overjoyed to see that they call their alien-hybrid-saviour baby Hazel. Genius.