4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just finished the series about an hour ago. From the very first page, I was hooked. It starts off with a bang and never lets up. It's funny, whenever I told people who inquired about the books what they were about, they kind of smirked and you could read their thoughts in their eyes.
"All the men die except for one guy and he's in a world full of nothing but women? What kind of perversity is that you're reading?"
I kid you not when I say that this is one of the VERY best comic series/ graphic novels I have ever read. I got really involved in it and it's to Brian K. Vaughan's credit that he not only succeeded in telling a rich, complex tale and wrapped it up nice and tight, he succeeded with flying colors in creating a world populated with wonderful, deep, memorable characters in a story that is so much more than what you see on the surface. It has so much to offer in terms of ideas, beliefs, theories and general insight into our world that it's absolutely no surprise to this reviewer that Vaughan won the Eisner award for this amazing story. The art by Pia Guerra is also very good and consistent throughout.
I can't say anymore than that this book affected me very, very deeply. I can't recall any other graphic novel bringing me to tears with its denouement.
Actually, I'll say this. If you're reading this and you're a film/TV producer, don't even think of trying to shoehorn this series into a two hour film. This is worthy of at least a trilogy, or at the very least, a devoted mini series.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2011
This is the 5th, and last, collected volume of one of the greatest illustrated series ever written "Y the Last Man," and I can't imagine a better ending. We rejoin Yorick, Agent 355, Ampersand, and Dr. Mann as they continue their quest to find Yorick's missing girlfriend and discover a way to preserve the human race. And along the way old friends rejoin the group as the final truth is revealed. Our characters have grown as we've traveled around the world with them and now we discover secrets to their past that have direct bearing on the present condition the world finds itself in. And the mysterious ninja that's been trailing the team? We find out who she is and who she works for. And Yorick may not be the last man left alive after all.
I really want to say more, but I don't want to spoil the ending because I'm not sure its one that anyone would have predicted. And its powerful. Just like in all good stories we have to say goodbye to some of the characters we've grown to know and love. The writing is at its absolute best in the series and Brian doesn't disappoint. He keeps us on the edge of seats constantly turning the page to find out what happens next. And in some places you can't help but be moved as he stirs powerful emotions as we witness what happens to our favorite characters. And Pia's artwork is as fantastic as it was in the beginning. Its a great last volume and an exciting epic conclusion to one of the most powerful stories ever told.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well I didn't see that coming.. The final volume of "Y- THE LAST MAN" certainly had some surprises in store, and I bet very few readers were able to accurately predict how the story would end. The personal journeys of Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann were the main focus of the entire series, and they got most of the attention during this final volume as well. I found their stories compelling, believable, and satisfying (if not always happy), and at the end of this book you really feel like to got the entire tale. No sudden departure or leaving the reader wondering here, as Vaughn delivers what you'd expect from a master story-teller, giving you all the detail (and epilogue) to wrap the story up completely. Less satisfying was the revelations about what actually killed all the males and why Yorick (and Ampersand) alone were spared. It doesn't really take away from the overall enjoyment of the story, but I was really expecting something more imaginative and provocative than what was delivered. But, it goes back to the point that the main focus of the series was the personal stories of the characters, and not so much the global story of gendercide and recovery. Overall, an extremely well-done conclusion to an absolutely wonderful series.
As for these deluxe hardcover editions, I totally recommend them. High-quality paper, some additional artwork, large format, dust jacket, and bonus material make these editions must have for collectors and simply better than the trade paperbacks. When you consider that these are really two volumes in one, they actually come out cheaper too, so there is really no reason why you wouldn't go with these deluxe editions if you're trying to decide between the two.
on January 10, 2013
I bought the entire series after it was complete, and published in deluxe hard cover collections. I still bought them one volume at a time, and read them in sequence. Even that approach was nail biting in some cases when I couldn't get the book right away when I was done reading the previous one!! Maybe worth noting that when I started reading “Y” I was in a “Walking Dead” mindset, having just finished re-reading the entire collected works all the way to Volume 8. The story is captivating, even though the plot in itself is not super original. Being the last man on earth, literally, is not a new theme. But the main story, the side stories and all the characters are very well rounded. The timeline and chronology is very well handled. I loved the black panels with white text to set the place and time context. The drawing, which is such an important part for me when reading comic books or graphic novels, is very very solid, brilliant in some cases. I look at the pages a lot, without even reading words, for quite some time, before reading the story. Even if I could notice when the artist changed, it was not detrimental to the quality, the flow, or the story telling. The ONLY thing that I could mention as a very slight negative is the panel cut which is almost clinically identical across the entire story, except for some full page art, full bleed coloring, and some other effects of that nature. I am used to –and enjoy– more original cutting of the panels as in European comics from France, Spain, Belgium, etc. and it made it to the more traditional US and English comics too. The chapters detailing the interaction and instructions between the writer and the artist, the sketches, and other extra material definitely make those books a great addition to your comics collection. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
on March 8, 2012
So, here we are. The last book about the last men on Earth, Yorik Brown!
Many of you would think I'm cheating because I didn't wrote a review for each part, but... man! I'm a bit tired! I read all 5 books in a week. A few hours before sleeping. Sometimes I was so tired but I couldn't stop reading. The story is THAT gripping!
Anyway, as you might already know, the book is about a world that is being habitated only by women given that a plague killed every mammal with a Y chromosome. Meaning, every man, dog, bull, etc on Earth is dead... Except for "master" escapist, Yorik Brown and his manle monkey, Ampersand.
Why Yorik and Ampersand are alive? Whay the plague didn't kill them? Well, you won't find out up until the 5th book, but that doesn't mean there's nothing on the road, isn't it?
I'm fascinated on how the writer managed to create a world were only women rule. There's the afraid, confusion, and then fractioning.
Afraid? Well, the current way of living is gone forever.
Confusion? How would the femenine gender manage to go on, when most of the labor used to be made by men!
Fractioning? Intersting how there's several group of women such as the Daughters of the Amazon, or the Army Gals from Israel, that form groups of women gathered by common believe. VERY interesting!
The action, character development, interesting points of view about life, machismo and other stuff is right there and written beautifully. I'mpossible not to laugh or feel angry when stuff happen. Those emotions can only be get on a comics when the writing is damn good.
The art also do it's part. The covers made by JG Jones are amazing, and the inside art by Pia Guerra is also perfect for the story. It goes hand and hand. Just lovely!
Every book comes with a good set of extras, going from sketches on Volume 1 (and 2, I believe), and the other volumes contain the scrip for one of the chapters.
When I end reading the series, I felt... Not sure how I felt, but I do know that I felt I just read one of the most amazing stories ever written, and I don't say that lightly.
If you want to read a comics, but not necessarily a Super-hero comic, I higly recommend these books. They have a begining, a resolution and an end. There's no more after the fith. Is all over. And that makes me love the series even more.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
This was the first comic book i read that didn't feature a superhero and it is now my all time favorite. There shouldn't be a delay in picking this up(and the previous 4 hardcovers) if you have even an inkling of interest. You will not be disappointed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
A beautiful ending to an amazing story. I previously owned all of the paperback version of this series but I fell in love with it so much that I ended up buying all of the hardcovers to sell and replace the paperbacks. You won't be disappointed!
on March 5, 2013
I truly underestimated this series. It goes beyond my wildest expectations. You'll get attached to the characters. I have never heard of Brian K. Vaughn's writing until I stumbled upon Y:The Last Man, but I don't know why this graphic novel series is more popular than it is. I have now come to the end of this wonderful story and as much as i am sad to stop reading, the ending is so satisfying that it softened the blow. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes a great story.
on April 15, 2014
This is one of the greatest series I have ever read in my life. The story is about a man named Yorick and how he (and his monkey) are the only males to survive after something kills all the men in the world at the same time. Yorick and his monkey embark on a journey to find out what happened to all the men, and to get to Australia where his girlfriend, Beth, may still be waiting for him. The story is gripping, intense, funny, and tragic. These books are a must read!
on September 16, 2011
Once you start with the "Y:The last man" graphic novel, you can't stop. Therefore this last book is a must in this thrilling epic adventure. I had bought the first book in one of my trips and, after 1h, I knew I had to go to Amazon to buy (urgently) the rest of the novel. Highly recommended. Several theories and human behavioural aspects are intelligently covered in the novel.