Y by Brian K. Vaughan
The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

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15 Critic Reviews

The story arc feels complete. The series' feminism was edgy five years ago, but is so no longer. As a man who chose nonparticipation in life as a moral stance, Yorick is a Gen-X anti-hero, and the series is a comic-book masterpiece.
-LA Times

Synopsis

"Funny and scary … an utterly believable critique of society. A+"—THE WASHINGTON POST

"The best graphic novel I've ever read."—STEPHEN KING

"This year's best movie is a comic book."—“ALL THINGS CONSIDERED,” NPR

"A seriously funny, nuanced fable.... Grade A."—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he's the last man on earth. Collecting issues #1-5.

 

About Brian K. Vaughan

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BRIAN K. VAUGHAN is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning co-creator of many critically acclaimed comic books, including Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA, Runaways and PRIDE OF BAGHDAD. A professional comics writer since his days as an undergraduate film student at New York University, Brian has written every major DC and Marvel character from Batman to X-Men. He's also written several screenplays, stage plays and short stories, but mostly, he likes to work on the funnybooks. He also served as writer and story editor on the hit TV series Lost.
 
Published November 21, 2011 by Vertigo. 128 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Y
All: 15 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 3

Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Collected Editions on Jun 15 2008

One danger of a road trip in serial fiction is the audience beginning to feel like they're just not getting anywhere.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Ken Tucker on Dec 02 2008

A seriously funny, nuanced fable about sudden global matriarchy. Cocreators Vaughan and Guerra raise a multitude of feminist issues.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Russo on Feb 11 2008

Now comes the melancholy, smart-as-ever conclusion. For fans, this is like The Sopranos signing off.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Laurel Maury on Feb 07 2008

The story arc feels complete. The series' feminism was edgy five years ago, but is so no longer. As a man who chose nonparticipation in life as a moral stance, Yorick is a Gen-X anti-hero, and the series is a comic-book masterpiece.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Gordon Flagg on Feb 01 2008

Fast-paced anyway, the yarn introduces a large number of intriguing characters and plotlines as it lays the groundwork for what promises to be a compelling series.

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Pajiba

Excellent
Reviewed by Dustin Rowles on Jan 01 2010

I read some of the most celebrated, critically adored graphic novels in the universe, and I just couldn’t properly absorb the format.

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Boing Boing

Excellent
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Aug 11 2008

...the denouement is what makes this ending really, really work: it's a fantastically satisfying tying-up-of-knots, sketching-of-the-future -- it's bittersweet, loving, funny, witty, and makes maximal work of the visual storytelling that makes graphic novels one of the great art-forms of our time.

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The Atlantic

Excellent
Reviewed by Reihan on Feb 19 2008

Co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra have garnered plenty of richly deserved praise within the comics world, but I want to tell you, non-comic readers . . . to read this wonderful, affecting, intelligent, humane story.

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io9

Excellent
Reviewed by io9 on Jan 01 2011

Anyone feeling that Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man wasn't quite science-fictiony enough will no doubt be happy with the book's sixtieth and final issue.

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Comic Book Resources

Excellent
Reviewed by Augie De Blieck, Jr. on Aug 14 2012

What starts out as Yorick Brown's story grows to be that of Hero's.

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Under the Radar

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Redfern on Nov 01 2008

There are those rare comic books that just somehow transcend all the failings and clichés of the medium and capture something greater.

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Gather Books

Above average
Reviewed by Erika S. on Nov 30 2008

Not so much a book as a graphic novel, it's nonetheless an interesting read.

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Feoamante

Above average
Reviewed by Chris Gage on Jan 01 2008

Personally, I'd have found it more interesting if Yorick was more complex.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

Good
Reviewed by John Hogan on Jan 18 2008

Saying goodbye to these friends after all the time you’ve spent with them will be difficult.

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Grovel

Above average
Reviewed by Grovel on Jan 01 2008

Pickier sci-fi fans may consider its avoidance of some of the more obvious questions surrounding the fate of the last man on Earth a trifle irksome.

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