Y: THE LAST MAN VOL. 1: UNMANNED
Written by Brian K. Vaughan; Art by Pia Guerra and José Marzá, Jr.; Painted Cover by J.G. Jones
“Funny and scary…an utterly believable critique of society. A+”
—THE WASHINGTON POST
“The best graphic novel I’ve ever read.”
“This year’s best movie is a comic book.”
—ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
“A seriously funny, nuanced fable…Grade A.”
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’sthe last man on earth.
Y: THE LAST MAN is, after all this time, my favourite graphic novel series. The story of Yorrick, the last man on earth, is an incredibly relatable one, despite the somewhat fantastical set up. And I say this without any hesitation: Y was the first series to make me cry. Not that sobbing, heaving crying, because that would probably be a bit weird… but as the series went on, there were more than a few times when a lump came to my throat, and tears filled my eyes.
This volume, “Unmanned”, sets the scene for an amazing story: the unexplicable deaths of every single male on the planet. From human beings to beetles, birds to whales, every single Y chromosome has, in an instant, been wiped off the face of the earth, except for a 22-year-old man named Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Obviously, as the last man on earth, Yorrick is… well, wanted. But not in the way that you would hope the last man on earth would be. And Yorrick isn’t interested in that, anyway. Despite being the world’s last sperm producer, he’s madly and hopelessly in love with his girlfriend Beth… who just happens to be halfway across the world in Outback Australia.
Yorick’s mother, a politician, is enlisted to help the new president, the former Secretary of Agriculture. When she learns that her son is still alive, she puts him under the protection of Agent 355, a fierce fighter and member of the elite and secretive Culper Ring. The two set out to find a woman named Dr. Mann, who may be humanity’s last hope for survival, if she is able to perfect the science of cloning.
Seriously, this is a series that you need to read. I don’t think I will ever see Y: THE LAST MAN bettered.
Recommendation: Buy. Buy now. Read. Read again. Cry. Put carefully back on the shelf. Then read again, ad nauseum. It’s that good.