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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls Paperback – May 1, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 7 of 10 in the Y: The Last Man Series

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Last man alive Yorick Brown's kidnapped monkey Ampersand, who may be carrying the antidote to whatever killed off all the other males, is bound for Japan, but he, his bodyguard-escort agent 355, and cloning scientist Alison Mann are in Sydney, Australia, a fueling stop for the ship they've hitched a ride on. Of course, Yorick's fiancee, Beth, is somewhere in the outback, and he wants to get in touch. He wangles shore leave under 355's chaperonage to gather info on Beth's whereabouts, and things, as they will, happen. Soon Yorick's portrait, pants around his ankles, is on the cover of America's favorite tabloid. Meanwhile, back shipboard, lesbian Alison is seduced by a mole for the captain; in the U.S., Yorick's gun-toting sister finds the other Beth bearing Yorick's baby; and on another ship approaching Japan, Ampersand spots an opening. Flashbacks about 355 and Ampersand mortar the three plot streams together, and moody, crepuscular coloring by Zylonol makes the seventh volume of Y one of the handsomest as well as one of the most engaging. Ray Olson
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"Handled with a wit and sophistication that leaves most comics standing" - Time Out "Thought provoking and marvellously entertaining." - BBCi "A seriously funny, nuanced fable... 'A'" - Entertainment Weekly" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210090
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on June 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
In "Paper Dolls," the seventh volume of "Y: The Last Man," the story jumps across the globe -- and the timeline -- with reckless abandon. It begins in Sydney, Australia, where Yorick and his team are aboard a sub bound for Japan, where the other last surviving male -- Yorick's monkey, Ampersand -- has been taken for reasons unknown. But Yorick's girlfriend Beth may also be in Australia, and so too is a tabloid reporter eager to find evidence of the last surviving man. Who knows what mayhem will erupt if Yorick is exposed?

Then things get complicated, as the story flashes back and forth in time, filling in pieces of the backstory for Agent 355, Agent Mann, Ampersand and others. Yorick's sister Hero discovers indisputable evidence of his recent visit to California. Even the Catholic Church gets involved, as its all-female leadership quests for its new pope.

"Paper Dolls" is not just furthering the story of "Y," it's also filling in a lot of missing backstory along the way. Ultimately, it provides more questions than answers, however, and if you're like me, you'll finish it even more eager for volume eight. The story is coming together like a vast, global puzzle, but the pieces obviously aren't all on the table. Meanwhile, writer Brian K. Vaughan keeps dangling enough plot twists to keep readers on the hook; not since Neil Gaiman's landmark "Sandman" series have I looked forward so much to the next book in the series.
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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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This volume broadens out the world surrounding Yorick and Our Wandering Heroes and begins to set the scene for the finale. If you are expecting the science of the big revelation to make any sense at all, you will be disappointed. This is one of those series where you just have to accept the absurdity of the premise and enjoy the well-crafted story built on top of it.
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Volume 7 picks up fortunately, and while the rest of the series is not quite as good as the first four installments of this series, this book is still a solid read, with tighter and better stories than in Volume 5 and 6, this volume has more... shall we say, substance. I was definitely relieved to read this after the last couple of volumes.
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By johnnyg on January 15, 2013
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Such an amazing team. BKV is a phenomenal writer, this is one of my top 3 comic series of all time. The. Series is a quick read but I like to take my time and observe the art. The series is very cinematic.
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I'm a huge fan of the Y The Last Man series, and while many books flag in the later issues, this does not. The main storyline remains strong throughout every issue and the linear nature of the tale is clear and purposeful. This isn't the kind of series you can pick up at any given point - it's truly a journey, and an awesome one.
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Finally, after 3 months of waiting, I am finally able to see what happens next in the saga of the last man on Earth. Yorrick Brown, a professional escape artist, survived a terrible plague that wiped out every male mammal except for himself and his monkey Ampersand. Now, teamed with renowned biologist Dr. Allison Mann and the mysterious Agent 355, he is trying to find a way to bring men back to the planet as well as find his missing girlfriend Beth. The pressing problem (there are many obstacles in the way of the trio, but this one takes precedence) is that Ampersand has been kidnapped by a mysterious ninja. While that doesn't sound too bad, the group recently discovered that it was a chemical compound in Ampersand's blood that made him (and Yorrick by extension) immuned to the plague. On their way to Japan, Yorrick, Mann, and 355 had to stop in Australia, which is exactly where Beth was at the time of the plague. When Yorrick attempts to find her, a tabloid journalist discovers him instead, and Yorrick and 355 are forced to find her before she leaks Yorrick's secret of being alive to the world. There are also three one-shot issues; two are "secret origin" stories explaining the backgrounds of 355 and Ampersand, both of which ask as many questions as they answer. The third involves Yorrick's sister Hero and another woman named Beth whom Yorrick met just prior to Ampersand's abduction. Yorrick asked Hero to give Beth a letter, but Hero discovers Beth to be in a condition that no one anticipated...

While Paper Dolls isn't as strong as some of the earlier volumes, it is in no way weak. In fact, it is still one of the best books I am reading (Vaughan is definitely tied for my favorite writer along with Joss Whedon).
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