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    Brian K. Vaughan(Author),Pia Guerra(Illustrator),Jose Marzan Jr.(Illustrator)

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WINNER OF THREE EISNER AWARDS

Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, finally makes it to San Francisco where his unbalanced sister, Hero, finds him seemingly succumbing to the male-killing plague after losing his still-unused engagement ring to the burqa-clad agents of the Setauket Ring. But is the ring really the key to his survival? And what does it have to do with the mysterious Amulet of Helene, which the Setauket leader is determined to take from Agent 355 by any means necessary. Collects issues #24-31 of the runaway hit Vertigo series by Brian K. Vaughan (EX-MACHINA, ASTONISHING X-MEN, RUNAWAYS) and Pia Guerra.

An adolescent male daydream becomes a nightmare in this convoluted SF thriller. Having somehow survived a plague that instantly killed all the other men on Earth, Yorick Brown finds himself the object of universal desire. Unfortunately, some of the women frantically chasing him are members of a lesbian Amazon cult that wants revenge for centuries of masculine oppression. Others are more interested in exploiting Yorick's unique immunity than in having sex with him. In this collection of eight issues of the monthly comic, Yorick bounces from one group to another as he also tries to discover why he was spared and whether there is any way to make the world safe for other men. Meanwhile, women debate whether the world is really a better place without men—although the story so far shows that women are fully capable of taking over male roles in violence, conceit and general obtuseness. Guerra and Marzan's sedate art makes the extreme situations look convincing, and Vaughn's script keeps the interplay of different factions moving briskly even if readers can't be sure what each represents. Despite its outlandish premise, this works much better than it has any right to. (July) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Though it begins with a relative lull (and some sex), the fifth and longest story arc from Y: The Last Man seems to accelerate the comic's already feverish pace. It has been more than two years since a flash plague killed all males except for Yorick Brown. Now he and his monkey; the scientist Alison Mann, whose research might enable keeping future males alive; and agent 355, their escort, have reached California, where the data Mann lost in Boston is backed up. Yorick's sister, Hero, still tracks him and is still, unfortunately, affected by the Daughters of the Amazon brainwashing she underwent that tells her to kill, not save, him. Rogue former colleagues of 355 are after her to get an amulet they believe has special powers, and a ninja is out to steal Yorick's monkey, Ampersand. Flashbacks reveal more about Hero and begin disclosing the fate of Yorick's fiancee in Australia. Oh, and Yorick gets sick with symptoms like those that killed the other males. Busy, busy, white-knuckle stuff: the series just gets better. Ray OlsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • By NF on January 20, 2014

    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. It's clean and uncluttered but this isn't artwork that's going to blow you away or that you'll want to show off to your friends. The real attraction to this series is the writing. To a certain extent, I think that's appropriate, as this doesn't have the grandeur and the scope of, say, the latest Avengers or Justice League space battle.The fifth volume of the series has our hero finally making his way to California. He enters what appears to be an abandoned Catholic church, where despite his flippancy, it's easy to see that he's still very disturbed by what he had to do in the prior book. As it happens, the church isn't abandoned and, after a brief altercation, Yorick meets the church's sole resident, a former flight attendant named, coincidentally, Beth (the name of Yorick's girlfriend, whom he's been trying to figure out how to get to in Australia).After exchanging stories about the guilt that each of them shares, they find themselves attracted to each other and, for the first time in the series, Yorick finally gets some, a rather surprising delay for that particular act given the nature of the story. There is brief nudity in this story, if that bothers you. The pair are attacked by three Amazons, who threaten to burn down the church. With Yorick's timely intervention, the three are driven off. In a cliffhanger, we finally see Yorick's girlfriend, Beth, in the Australian Outback, as she is about to be kidnapped by an aboriginal tribe.In the next issue, we return to Yorick's sister Hero, and see much of her past history in a flashback, some of which explains her actions in the previous issues. She returns to her mother in Washington, D.C., and begs her help in finding Yorick. She eventually finds her way to the location of the astronaut's crash in Kansas, where she meets up with the Russian agent, Natalya, and the astronaut, who has now had her (male) baby, so Yorick is no longer the only man on earth.Meanwhile, Yorick and company are having a little fun in San Francisco and we get a brief look at the Ninja assassin, Toyota. The real antagonists, though, are a rogue group of agents, former colleagues of Agent 355, who are after a mysterious amulet that Agent 355 picked up from its former owner in the Middle East, who was assassinated just as Agent 355 found her. They believe that the amulet was the cause of the plague that killed all of the men and they want it destroyed so that the men cannot ever return.Instead, they settle for the ring that Yorick picked up at a magic shop, that was to be his fiance's wedding ring. Yorick has been speculating that it's the ring that kept him safe from the plague. This seems to be borne out by the fact that Yorick becomes deathly ill when they return to Dr. Mann's apartment.In the confrontation between Agent 355 and the rogue agents, Yorick's sister shows up, finally having tracked him down. In the confrontation, Hero and Agent 355 team up, before heading back to the lab, where they find ... well, you'll have to read the book to find out.In the final chapter of the book, the Ninja assassin who has been dogging them finally makes her move, stealing Ampersand from the lab. After a fight on the bridge, the assassin escapes, having injured Agent 355 in the process. They track her down, only to find that she's just taken ship for Japan, to a small port city, where Dr. Mann's mother lives.As with the prior book, the writing in this volume is superb, with numerous plot lines tangling and untangling, with twists both surprising and predictable. Vaughan is juggling a surprising number of characters and plot lines and somehow manages to make it look easy. There are a couple of (forgivable) coincidences, of course, but the real joy is being with characters we have grown to care for, whose fate we are genuinely concerned about. We leave this book wanting to know more and still not sure just where this is going to end up, but knowing that we're in for one heck of a ride.

  • By Joseph J. Truncale on September 23, 2013

    I admit to being somewhat ignorant of Brian K. Vaughan's "The Last Man" graphic novel series of books. I bought this one, Volume 5 Ring of Truth, not knowing there were other volumes written before this one. Nevertheless, I did find the story sometimes intriguing and fascinating at times. I have just recently been interested in some of the graphic novels that seem to have become popular lately, and I have read and reviewed a few of them. I find the combination of well-drawn illustrations with the interesting dialogue captions makes for easy reading and understanding of the story in most cases. However, I have also been a little confused at the esoteric approach some of these writers/illustrators often put in their stories. The illustrations in this volume are beautifully drawn and are very clear, which is one of the reasons I gave this book a good rating. The story was interesting, but because I have not read the previous "The Last Man" novels, I did not fully grasp all the different groups and characters.This 192 page book is organized into three topics. Page 6: Tongues of Flame taken from Y: The Last Man #24-25. Page 52: Hero's Journey: From Y: The Last Man #26. Page 75 Ring of Truth: From Y: The Last Man #27-31.In conclusion, if you are into "The Last Man" series by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Jr. you will probably enjoy this volume 5 in the series.Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)

  • By Josh on April 22, 2017

    If you liked the earlier installments in the series, you will love this one. Good action, great art, awesome one liners.

  • By Ryan Mease on June 4, 2010

    A great addition to the series. Vaughn begins to make greater use of flashbacks, which make the story harder to follow for those uninitiated to the franchise, but for those already familiar, this is another thrilling ride.

  • By johnnyg on January 15, 2013

    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.

  • By TammyJo Eckhart on November 18, 2008

    In eight individual comics of a series a lot can happen and a lot does happen to Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann. First Yorick has an adventure of his own in a Catholic Church then as a mascot for a basketball game and finally a break through in Dr. Mann's lab as she discovers a reason for his and Ampersand's survival. In between we learn about what happened and is happening in the lives of two more women important to Yorick: His girlfriend, Beth, in Australia, and his sister, Hero, battling the Amazon brainwashing. But all the positives seem to fly out the door as another secret group destroys a sacred artifact that they believe led to the plague and a ninja, yup, a ninja, steals Ampersand.

  • By John Reyes on February 9, 2009

    I was turned on to Y The Last Man at work when I saw someone with the comic. I asked him what it was about and he told me. Being a fan of post-apocolyptica, I asked if it was any good. He looked straight into my eyes and said, "I don't read crap, man." If you looked at the guy, a stereotypical comic book/gaming nerd, you could tell he knew his stuff.I went home and bought all the available graphic novels, 6 at the time. I have no regrets. I have since lent these novels to about a dozen people and they all loved it.This comic perfectly blends action, comedy, sci-fi, romance, and drama together to create a world where women rule.


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