Y, the Last Man

Vol. 1, Unmanned

Vaughan, Brian K.

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Y, the Last Man
Written by Brian K. Vaughan; Art by Pia Guerra and Jose Marza, Jr.; Painted Cover by J.G. Jones When a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome, unemployed and unmotivated slacker Yorick Brown suddenly discovers that he is the only male left in a world inhabited solely by women. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, Yorick embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on Earth. But with a gang of feminist extremists and the leader of the Israel Defense Forces hunting him, Yorick's future, as well as that of the human race, may be short-lived.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, c2003
Edition: Direct ed
ISBN: 1563899809
Branch Call Number: GN VAUGHAN
Characteristics: 126 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Guerra, Pia
Marzán, José
Rambo, Pamela
Robins, Clem 1955-
Alternate Title: Unmanned


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2003: I devoured this comic book series about a post-apocalyptic world where all the men are dead - all that is, except one.

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Jul 05, 2013
  • ThomasLove rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

SPOILERs. Not amazing, but I'll probably be back for more. A couple gripes with the characters actions though. No way would the president let Yorick leave the White House, it's just way too dangerous. One might say that since she's new to the job, she may have made a rookie mistake, but I didn't buy what Vaughn was selling with that one. Also, no way would Yorick pull off his mask in front of the Amazons just to get a motorcycle. In critical plot turning situations, the characters too often act like humanity is NOT actually at stake while on the other hand, they tend to dive right into the symbolism and morality debate when the author doesn't need a plot point to push the story along. Not his best writing. Check out Saga instead?

Feb 23, 2013
  • Mark_Daly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fast-moving series that takes a ridiculous premise, adds a few more, and then (as if that wasn't enough) continues to up the ante, issue after issue, with breathless suspense, while also exploring dozens of well-thought-out ramifications of the idea at its core: what if, all of a sudden, there really was just one man left on earth? This is the kind of thing that can only happen in comics, which makes this a great starting point for readers interested in trying out the non-superhero side of the genre. Vaughan exploits the possibilities of his chosen medium well, by emphasizing the action and nesting any philosophical musings in compact dialogue balloons. The characters are a bit thin and the art is serviceable, which leaves you free to ponder (in wonder and amazement) the many, many implications of the plot.

Aug 18, 2012
  • Jean-Pierre Lebel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My interest in this series was due to the positive experience with Ex-Machina also written by Brian Vaughan. The premise is unique: it tells the story of the only man left on the planet after a biological mishap kills nearly every Y chromosome mammal. Book one is a good start to a promising story. Recommended.

Apr 16, 2012
  • newestgirlz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

To my felllow GONE fans, read this.

This is a better start then The Walking Dead. I've tried to read TWD but it never really caught my attention. I don't know if you know this about me but I am not very patient. It's either Get Exciting Now or Back to the Library for you.

This book was interesting and intricate. The multi-character perspective never got confusing and worked very well to add suspense into the plot. I will definitely pick up the next volume from the library.

Into the favourites shelf you go. :)

Jan 23, 2012
  • GalaxieBlast rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Completely enjoyed this series so far. I've wanted to read it for a long time, but when I start a series, I want all the book at once so I can continue uninterrupted.
Finally got my chance, and have been reading them ever since.

This is one series that's so good, I can wait to get to the end.


Jan 22, 2012
  • metalsox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Anyone just getting into comics (or graphic novels) should read this. Anyone that already reads comics should of already read this series. This is one of the best if not the best series ever written.

Y the Last Man is one of the best of graphic novels I have ever read and I've read a lot of them. It's possibly perfect. It's story, pacing, characters, dialogue, art and color all combine to draw you in, carry you along and make you want more, more, more.
I heard a lot of great things from other comic readers about Y so I picked up the first book with skepticism. I was sure it had to be overrated. I was wrong. I was quickly converted to one of the book's many fans. The entire series continued to surprise and exceed my expectations for any graphic novel.
I loved Y the Last Man!

Feb 08, 2010
  • catnthat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great graphic novel, and in my opinion, one of the best. The concept is excellent and the execution is flawless through all 10 books. The art is fantastic, detailed, and layered with meaning relevant to the story.

I consider this series to be a must read, graphic novel or not.

Mar 21, 2009
  • kingblackbolt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I can clearly see why this series is one of the most acclaimed in the comic industry. This collection is a well set up mystery with a large cast of interesting charcters that are realistic and span the entire globe. There is a number of interesting sub plots and the main storline is propelled along swiftly culminating in a cliffhanger that left me wanting more! I look forward to reading all the other collections in this series of a man and his monkey...


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Jul 02, 2014
  • melmwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 02, 2014
  • melmwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A plague hits the earth a wipes out every living thing that is male, except for Yorick and his pet capuchin monkey Ampersand. What is not the love? Adventure, violence AND a monkey! Make sure you check out more than one volume of this comic as you will burn through the story and need to know what comes next. Will Yorick find out what caused the plague? Can girls run the world? Will Ampersand ever be potty trained? Read on to find out...


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