- Series: Last Man (Book 5)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: First Second (July 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626720509
- ISBN-13: 978-1626720503
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Last Man: The Order Paperback – July 19, 2016
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About the Author
Bastien Vivès was born in 1984 in Paris. He spent his childhood drawing with his brother. His studies focused on illustration and animation at the École des Gobelins. His first title came out in 2007.
Michaël Sanlaville graduated from the Emile Cohl school, and later the Gobelins, after which he followed twin careers in animation (at the Xilam studio) and in comics with Casterman Publishers.
Balak (aka Yves Bigerel) graduated from the Gobelins School of Animation in 2006. Balak works as a storyboard artist, 2-D animator, and TV show director in France. He works with Marvel Comics on the new digital Infinite Comics brand as a storyboard artist.
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Once again, this volume of The Last Man saga relies on knowledge of the previous four volumes. However, it makes an exciting jumping on point. The Order ramps up the action seen in The Last Man series, adding in mystery and intrigue and a little down time in amongst the high octane fighting that has become staple in the series of graphic novels. This volume is by far the best so far in the series, adding more characterization to familiar faces, and pulse pounding tension. This has become a high point in my favorite series of euro-manga reading.
Firstly, the writing in The Order is top rate. Starting off clumsily – more than likely a factor of setting up such a grand story arc – leaves you spellbound. Flowing naturally off of the page, even most of the action seems scripted, a brilliant testament to the writer/artist interaction. Told through dialogue, between the protagonists and antagonists, the series jumps off the page with solid three-dimensional characterization, and explodes with exciting and rattling scenes. Admittedly it’s taken five volumes to achieve this, but now the series is in full-fledged, no-holds barred swing, and it pays off. Even the intrigue and mysteries, some resolved and new ones, have been told through dialogue, and this only adds to the likeability of Manthe series. Even a touch of science fiction enters the fray, adding to the grand plot.
The artwork is a little less flashy in the later parts of the graphic novel The Order is definitely no slouch. The solid and lavish backgrounds are beautifully rendered, captivating the reader’s eye. There is a fine line between showy art and skillfully crafted art and The Order falls into the latter. Regardless of situation, the pencils and inks read easily yet can also be poured over. Characters are remarkable in their design, each having a distinctive look, and this helps separate them in the rapid shot action sequences. Facial expressions are deftly drawn and convey the roller coaster emotions excellently. I really can’t rave enough about the art in this series. It has been the hallmark of The Last Man series since the first volume, even when the writing was poorly executed. The synergy between art and writing in this volume is miles and miles away from where it started from and it shows in the staccato action sequences. The later part of the book subtly removes the backgrounds to focus on characterization, and it’s pulled off without a hitch.
Overall, if you’re fans of the Street Fighter comics, Dragonball-Z or the fight based manga in general you’ll find The Order and The Last Man series to be right up your alley. A combination of phenomenal writing and skillful art intertwining into a cohesive whole will wet your appetites for more. I eagerly anticipate Volume six when it gets released.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*