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"Promises to be a compelling series."—Booklist

"Complete and utter gold."—Publishers Weekly

"A seriously funny, nuanced fable.... Grade A."Entertainment Weekly

"Funny and scary ... an utterly believable critique of society. A+"Washington Post

"This year's best movie is a comic book.""All Things Considered," National Public Radio --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 THE 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 funny books. Pia Guerra was born in New Jersey in 1971. Through the 1990s Pia worked on various independent titles including the Bruiser, Sinnamon, Slip, Weird Business, Asylum, and a series of gaming manuals for White Wolf's Masquerade, Changeling and Werewolf lines. In early 2001 Pia began working on Y: The Last Man written by Brian K. Vaughan. Since it's release in July of 2002 response to the book has been overwhelmingly positive. Pia won the Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist of 2006 for her work on Y: The Last Man. Pia lives with her very talented husband, writer Ian Boothby (Futurama, Simpsons comics) and three mostly lovable cats August, Charlie and Kinsey. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Deluxe edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219215
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner Award-winning writer of Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA, RUNAWAYS, and PRIDE OF BAGHDAD. His newest work, with artist/co-creator Fiona Staples, is SAGA, an ongoing sci-fi/fantasy series from Image Comics that The Onion's A.V. Club called, "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make." Vaughan lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a writer and producer on various film and tv projects, including three seasons on the hit series LOST.

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Plague? Black Magic? Terrorism? Act of God? Could / would something simultaneously kill every mammal possessing a Y chromosome? Even unborn mammals in the womb? Well, according to Y: The Last Man, on July 17, 2002, that's exactly what happened...with the exception of one male human being and one male Capuchin monkey.

Y: The Last Man chronicles the life of Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand as they are thrust into a female-only society. And society is in chaos. The realization that the planet is doomed without a reproducing, intelligent species is not lost on its inhabitants. Some accept their fate; some fight to find a way to reverse the annihilation; and some even denounce any fight to survive as opposition to God's will.

Hence, to some, Yorick Brown is the ultimate opposition to God's will....A sole human male survivor. So when Yorick teams up with a government agent and a genetic scientist on a journey across the country to get to a laboratory to find out 'what makes him different', or to try to discover if there's a genetic 'solution' to this disaster, you can bet the band of travelers run into some hostile forces.

The storyline is not without some controversy....Well, I see no controversy, but I'm sure that certain groups might view the nature of a population unable to civilly function without men a bit 'controversial'. Regardless, Y: The Last Man is very well told, exciting, twist-filled and keeps you pressing on. It took me just under 2 hours to get through Book 1.

The stories originally were delivered in 10 Volumes (collecting the 60 individual newsstand comic books). Book 1 is a Deluxe, Hardcover combination of
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I haven't enjoyed a graphic novel this much since Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. Y: The Last Man is everything a great comic should be: dark, funny, wildly original and fiercely compelling. If you've never read a graphic novel before, but enjoy TV series such as Lost (which Vaughan became a writer on starting with season 3), Heroes or Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (which now has an eighth season in comic form), you owe it to yourself to read this one.

But should you get the softcover versions (both Volume 1: Unmanned and Volume 2: Cycles are included in this single book) or this "Deluxe" hardcover version? The cost is about the same. The hardcover is more impressive, with larger pages that do a great job of showing off the vibrant artwork. But the softcovers are sleek and portable, and contain all of the same content except for a few pages of sketches. No matter which you choose, you won't be disappointed.

Y: The Last Man Book Two continues the story. You won't want to miss it.
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Like seeing an old friend again. It's an awesome marketing strategy by DC to put out a deluxe version of the beginning of Y just after the series finished. Crank up the nostalgia factor and run with it.

Now, on the merits, it's interesting to go back to the beginning and see where Vaughan was going with it. He's already starting to layer in the plots and hints that carry throughout the entire series. Yorick's confused and easily-sidetracked quest for Beth; the beginnings of the fraught relationship between Dr. Mann, 355, and Yorick; Natalya, the astronauts, and Kansas; even feces-flinging Ampersand. Vaughan's gift for interspersing bizarre facts and general geek chic isn't in the sort of full swing you get from Ex Machina yet, but his knack for the cliffhanger is in top gear.

All around, an excellent collection of the material. It's nice to see in an oversized hardcover, where Pia Guerra's art - and outstanding feel for human expression - is on full display. My only complaint is that a "deluxe" edition really could stand to have some more extra material. The sketches are fun, but I'd love love love to see a Vaughan script in raw form. I bet that would be downright revelatory.
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Close to a year ago, when I heard about this deluxe edition (the first of five) coming out, I decided to wait for it instead of jumping into the TPB volumes. I'm glad I did. For close to the same price as the first two TPBs, this heavy hardcover was well worth the wait. High quality binding, large and clear pages, a little extra sketch-work, and a 'collectible' feel, this deluxe edition is certainly superior to previous printings. An authentic, oversized hardcover with a removable dust jacket, this one looks good in any collection.

As to the story, this one covers the first two TPB volumes of the series, Unmanned and Cycles. In the beginning you are treated to a fast-paced and chaotic overview of the catastrophe that literally kills every male mammal on the planet except for our hero Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand. The rest of the story follows Yorick in his efforts to reunite with his family and his lost girlfriend Beth. During his journey he encounters all manner of allies and enemies and generally has a rollicking adventure across America.

Vaughan's setting for this story is completely unique and well-done. Obviously, the world has gone into chaos, with many important jobs for society being left essentially undone, and crime and anarchy generally ruling the day. While it will be interesting to see the direction Vaughan takes the overall story of how the world copes with the loss of all men, the real story here focuses on the exploits of Yorick Brown.
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