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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).

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I've read vols 1 & 2 of this, I have to say in my position of lacking knowledge of graphic novels, I didn't notice the graphics were dated! I got it because the story sounded appealling (I'll go for anything post-apocalyptic!) and I wanted to try reading graphic novels.

Just having got to the end of Vol. 2 I have to go out and get vol. 3 tomorrow to find out what happens...I hope it isn't too hard to get hold of as I noticed Amazon doesn't have them, but I have spotted them in various shops.

It is an interesting series, I don't know how dated the information is, but vol. 2 starts with a list of statistics e.g. 90-odd percent of airline pilots are male, so a world without men isn't very mobile!

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Finally got round to this. Actually, I kind of forgot I had it until I was looking through my comics, desperate for something to read.


Everything on earth with a Y chromosome dies at the same time, with the exception of Yorick and his pet monkey. (Monkeys are always responsible for plagues and pandemics - they should look there first!) Yorick is desperate to get to Australia where his girlfriend is, last heard of when Yorick proposed to her over the phone. But Yorick has just become the most valuable thing on earth, well, him and the monkey as the monkey is male too, and lost of people want him for various reasons: a chance to begin the repopulation of the earth, a chance to wipe out males for good, a poster boy for hope...


A lethal band of militant woman, the Amazonians are on the hunt for Yorick. Their leader encourages her members to cut off their left boob, like the real Amazonian warriors, making it easier to hunt and shoot arrows. One of the members is Hero, Yorick's beloved sister (their father was a drama lecturer). Yorick's mother is a senator who locks her son into a nuclear fall out shelter underneath the White House, forgetting that he is an escapologist.


solace mentioned that the graphics are dated, and they are a little, but still quite modern in their approach with colour and shadow. They signal that this isn't an entirely dark tale and there is lots of humor amongst the violence and desperation. Yorick, like his namesake, is a joker, lighthearted and flippant, but with the shadow of death hanging over him. It's a fun read, with a great 'what if?' plot hook. I'm along for the ride.

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