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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204877
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

An adolescent male daydream becomes a nightmare in this convoluted SF thriller. Having somehow survived a plague that instantly killed all the other men on Earth, Yorick Brown finds himself the object of universal desire. Unfortunately, some of the women frantically chasing him are members of a lesbian Amazon cult that wants revenge for centuries of masculine oppression. Others are more interested in exploiting Yorick's unique immunity than in having sex with him. In this collection of eight issues of the monthly comic, Yorick bounces from one group to another as he also tries to discover why he was spared and whether there is any way to make the world safe for other men. Meanwhile, women debate whether the world is really a better place without men—although the story so far shows that women are fully capable of taking over male roles in violence, conceit and general obtuseness. Guerra and Marzan's sedate art makes the extreme situations look convincing, and Vaughn's script keeps the interplay of different factions moving briskly even if readers can't be sure what each represents. Despite its outlandish premise, this works much better than it has any right to. (July)
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From Booklist

Though it begins with a relative lull (and some sex), the fifth and longest story arc from Y: The Last Man seems to accelerate the comic's already feverish pace. It has been more than two years since a flash plague killed all males except for Yorick Brown. Now he and his monkey; the scientist Alison Mann, whose research might enable keeping future males alive; and agent 355, their escort, have reached California, where the data Mann lost in Boston is backed up. Yorick's sister, Hero, still tracks him and is still, unfortunately, affected by the Daughters of the Amazon brainwashing she underwent that tells her to kill, not save, him. Rogue former colleagues of 355 are after her to get an amulet they believe has special powers, and a ninja is out to steal Yorick's monkey, Ampersand. Flashbacks reveal more about Hero and begin disclosing the fate of Yorick's fiancee in Australia. Oh, and Yorick gets sick with symptoms like those that killed the other males. Busy, busy, white-knuckle stuff: the series just gets better. Ray Olson
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More About the Author

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on February 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the fifth trade paperback of Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man, we finally see Yorick's girlfriend Beth for the first time since the first story arc, we get a glimpse into Hero Brown's troubled past, a new girl named Beth complicates things with Yorick, and the reason that Yorick and Ampersand survived the plague is revealed.

In the story arc "Tongues of Flame", Yorick goes to a church in order to repent for the girl he killed in the previous arc. While there, he meets Beth, a girl who has become the de facto caretaker of the church. They comfort each other and provide company that each desperately needs. Yorick also helps her deal with a group of Amazons.

In "Hero's Journey", we see scenes from Hero's past, which was fairly traumatizing. From feeling neglected by her parents to being afraid of her grandfather for dark (and implied) reasons to overcompensating sexually for a bad case of acne, we are able to see why the Amazons were so successful at brainwashing her. We also learn what happened to her between her "incarceration" in Marrisville and her situation now.

Finally, in "Ring of Truth", having finally reached California, Yorick, Agent 355, and Allison try to isolate the reason why Yorick and Ampersand survived the "gendercide", but things get complicated when some ex-Culper Ring agents show up. And just as the answer is revealed, a mysterious ninja named Toyota kidnaps Ampersand again (she was responsible for his kidnapping in "Comedy & Tragedy").

This may be the best Y trade paperback yet. While "Safeword" may be the best arc, these three arcs are all very good and very intriguing. The story only continues to get better, and the next leg of the journey of Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, should prove to be very interesting indeed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Brian K. Vaughan, Y: The Last Man: Ring of Truth (DC Comics, 2005)

Y: The Last Man just keeps getting better as it goes. Vaughan takes his characters to new levels of psychological depth with every collection. (For those who haven not yet gotten far in the series, be warned that here be spoilers.)

Yorick, the doc, and 355 have finally made it to San Francisco, where Yorick is undergoing a battery of tests to figure out why he's immune to the plague. Needless to say, there are still loads of people chasing the intrepid trio (and Ampersand), some of whom we know, others we've had only vague recollections of. Vaughan finally gets us back to Beth, Yorick's kind-of-fiancee, and finally starts us on the road to figuring out why Yorick is immune. (Don't worry, you will have more questions when you finish this one than you did when you started it; there's still a lot more of this series to go.)

Vaughan has created something fierce. You want to read this. ****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NF TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 20, 2014
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Y: The Last Man is a 10-volume graphic novel collection about what would happen if an unexplained plague wiped out every male on earth, animals and human alike, in a heartbeat. The premise of this story is that two males were inexplicably spared: a young man named Yorick Brown, amateur escape artist and generally something of a loser, and a capuchin monkey. The primary plotline is concerned with how to keep Yorick alive long enough to figure out just why he survived and whether that information can be used to help repopulate the earth, all while Yorick tries to find his girlfriend and would-be fiance, who was on a sabbatical in the Australian Outback when the disaster struck.

In the process, Yorick and the people who help him encounter crazed "Amazons," who believe it is their duty to remove the last vestige of the male of the species from the planet, an out-of-control Israeli Defense Forces commander who wants Yorick for her own purposes, Yorick's mother, a Representative and one of the few members of the U.S. government left alive, Yorick's sister (with a few plot twists I won't reveal), and various others, some who try to aid him, many of whom try to kill him.

The science in this set of graphic novels frankly doesn't make much sense, so you have to turn your brain off, much as you have to do when you read Superman. Some of the depictions of life without men make sense; some less so. There are plot twists galore and *everyone* has secrets, some of which aren't revealed until the final volume.

I found the artwork in this series to be adequate but uninspiring. It reminded me a little of the old Curt Swan Superman and Legion of Super Heroes days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Yorick and his allies have finally made it to California. Dr. Mann now as access to the information and tools she needs to try and work out exactly why Yorick is alive and all the other males on the planet are dead.

The female of the species also demonstrates that they are equally capable of war and crime when given the opportunity.

If someone said 'ninja monkeynapper' to you generally, you would probably laugh. Here, it is no laughing matter.
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By Jayne Dugger on April 20, 2014
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A gift for my Son-In-Law. It was exactly what he wanted for Christmas. I am glad I was able to find it. Thank you Amazon
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