Y, the Last Man

Vol. 1, Unmanned

Vaughan, Brian K.

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Y, the Last Man
"Funny and scary ... an utterly believable critique of society. A+"--THE WASHINGTON POST "The best graphic novel I've ever read."--STEPHEN KING "This year's best movie is a comic book."--"ALL THINGS CONSIDERED," NPR "A seriously funny, nuanced fable.... Grade A."--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising. Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown--the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he's the last man on earth.

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
Alternate Title: Unmanned


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Imagine a post-apocalyptic world where all the men are dead - all that is, except one.

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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Feb 12, 2015
  • GSwanLibrary rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Volume 1 is amazing. The idea of how the world would react to only one last male alive is really high concept, up there with Steve Niles' 30 Days Of Night, Vol. 1 (Just how bad would vampires get in Barrow, Alaska where the sun never rises for 3 months straight in winter?)

I'll keep it spoiler free here, but we'll just say it's not all peachy-keen for the last man alive on earth (not like most guys would like to fantasize LOL). The author adds some very likely problems for our last living Y chromosome that are well thought out and actually quite believable. Also, I like that there is some adult language and situations which appeal to mature readers like myself who aren't into kiddie stuff.

Only thing holding this book back from a full 5 stars is the artwork- which is very good, but not among my all time favorites (Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Ben Templesmith). I really hope that the rest of this series is as legendary as it has the potential to be with such a great start as this.

Jul 03, 2014
  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! One of my favorite graphics :)

May 28, 2014
  • JCLHebahA rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An intriguing series beginning. Fascinating blend of the political and the post-apocalyptic with dashes of humor thrown in. I'm definitely hooked and plan to keep reading.

Sep 28, 2013
  • katieobrienful rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely love this series! I'm rereading them all and enjoying the art and flow of the story just as much as the first time.

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?

Apr 16, 2013
  • bbailey77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Unmanned" is not the best of Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man series, but it does set the stage for one of the best graphic novel adventures you will ever read (it's up there with Brian Wood's DMZ). The art is perfect for this type of story, and BKV's writing is unparalleled in the industry. Read the whole series!

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. :)

Dec 02, 2011

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!

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Feb 12, 2015
  • GSwanLibrary rated this: 4.5 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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