Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

"Y" is none other than unemployed escape artist Yorick Brown (his father was a Shakespeare buff), and he's seemingly the only male human left alive after a mysterious plague kills all Y-chromosome carriers on earth. But why are he and his faithful companion, the often testy male monkey Ampersand, still alive? He sets out to find the answer (and his girlfriend), while runni...

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Title:Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Author:Brian K. Vaughan
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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned Reviews

  • Matthew

    I discovered this series randomly while looking through graphic novels on Hoopla. I had never heard of it before but recognized the author. The premise sounded interesting

    so I decided to give it a go.

    I am glad I did! The story has been great so far! Every page had me interested in finding out what happens next. Also, of all the "apocalyptic" scenarios I have seen, this is the most creative by far.

    I am looking forward

    I discovered this series randomly while looking through graphic novels on Hoopla. I had never heard of it before but recognized the author. The premise sounded interesting

    so I decided to give it a go.

    I am glad I did! The story has been great so far! Every page had me interested in finding out what happens next. Also, of all the "apocalyptic" scenarios I have seen, this is the most creative by far.

    I am looking forward to volume 2!

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  • Nancy

    I haven’t read a comic book since I was a child, saving my measly allowance for Archie and his friends. Once I discovered my mother’s Harold Robbins novels, I never went back to comics…until now.

    A number of my Goodreads friends enjoy graphic novels (as they are called now), so I became curious and asked my friend

    for a recommendation. Y: The Last Man was perfect for me to start with. I love post-apocalyptic stories and wanted some light, easy reading between school books.

    A plague that des

    I haven’t read a comic book since I was a child, saving my measly allowance for Archie and his friends. Once I discovered my mother’s Harold Robbins novels, I never went back to comics…until now.

    A number of my Goodreads friends enjoy graphic novels (as they are called now), so I became curious and asked my friend

    for a recommendation. Y: The Last Man was perfect for me to start with. I love post-apocalyptic stories and wanted some light, easy reading between school books.

    A plague that destroys the world’s male population, except a young man and his monkey. Amazons who want to rid the world of the last vestige of male oppression. A model who disposes of corpses. A mysterious agent who knits. Republicans with guns. Humorous dialogue, great illustrations, fun characters and a fast-paced story made me gobble this up in one sitting.

    Looking forward to more!

  • Whitney Atkinson

    This book is such a neat concept, but there's 4 things I'm stuck on.

    1. it's a book about a world run by women after all the men die, yet it's still told from the POV of a man because conveniently !!!! one survives. I think I would have loved this more if we were given a story of a world with just all women, because heaven knows we could survive without that one man.

    2. This book was way, way, way, way more political than I was expecting it to be. The mother of the MC works in Washington so a lot

    This book is such a neat concept, but there's 4 things I'm stuck on.

    1. it's a book about a world run by women after all the men die, yet it's still told from the POV of a man because conveniently !!!! one survives. I think I would have loved this more if we were given a story of a world with just all women, because heaven knows we could survive without that one man.

    2. This book was way, way, way, way more political than I was expecting it to be. The mother of the MC works in Washington so a lot of this concerned the government and what to do once a bunch of the male politicians died, and that was cool for a few pages, but got old really fast? I'm sure this will get more interesting throughout the next books, but it was a bit repetitive.

    3. I feel like this just feeds the negative image and stereotype of radical feminists. One main antagonist in this book is a group of women called the Amazons who burn sperm banks and basically celebrate the end of men, which I think is farfetched and a bit inappropriate. Even if some women did this, I don't think they would play as major of a role as they did in this book, and I think this misleading depiction could rub off wrong on readers and make feminism seem more militant than it actually is.

    4. One of the first things I thought of when I started this was the topic of trans men and how they would be treated and/or react to this situation. I think it would have been awesome to spotlight a trans man navigating this new world. However, this book handled it so poorly. The one mention of a trans man is to tell the reader that he was murdered by the Amazons because they didn't think any men should continue to live. Additionally, a slur (tr*nny) was used to address this person, AND he was misgendered and called a "she" whenever his death was described.

    This book was written/set in 2002, so I anticipate some of those flaws and the political incorrectness may derive from its outdatedness, but I still couldn't get over those few things.

    But other than that, I had a great time reading it. The art is nice. It's funny. It's easy to follow, and one of the only graphic novels i've read in a while that I'm eager to find the sequels to immediately.

  • Felicia

    Ok so maybe it's just me but I found this series to be incredibly chauvinist. I know I'm gonna get flamed for it, so many ppl rave about it. I APPRECIATED IT but the premise and execution and what the women were doing, boy oh boy.

    I'm gonna shut up and not review this. Check box'd.

  • Michael

    In typical comic book male-centric fashion, this series wonders what life would be like if all men died spontaneously...except for one.

    I suppose if we're trying to put ourselves in the head of an early-nineties comic book reading teen, this might feel innovative. Unfortunately, I find that innovative in the world of comics is pretty much Iron Age for the rest of literature. How does Vaughan manage to make a series with gender issues at its center so bizarrely sexist?

    Example: In a world where a

    In typical comic book male-centric fashion, this series wonders what life would be like if all men died spontaneously...except for one.

    I suppose if we're trying to put ourselves in the head of an early-nineties comic book reading teen, this might feel innovative. Unfortunately, I find that innovative in the world of comics is pretty much Iron Age for the rest of literature. How does Vaughan manage to make a series with gender issues at its center so bizarrely sexist?

    Example: In a world where all men are dead except for one, and the death of that one man will mean the end of humanity, VIOLENT CULTS OF FEMINISTS SPRING UP TO TRY AND HUNT DOWN MEN AND MALE SYMPATHIZERS. What is the motive here? There sure isn't one written into the plot, other than the one speech about social inequality between the sexes--and how the only way to escape this inequality is to KILL ALL MEN.

    Characterwise, I was exceptionally not impressed. Even the main character has vague motivations. As for the women, pretty much none of them function as anything but placeholders: the token love interest, the sister who has gone astray, the protective mother. IN A WORLD WHERE ONLY ONE MAN SURVIVED...apparently the world still revolves around that man.

    And here's where the cultural rant starts...

    This is a symptom of thinking that is still prevalent in most of popular culture, although not to as great an extent in literature. F'rinstance, lets talk about movies: movies are a great medium for making political statements. Statements about social injustices, such as the way that women are objectified, sexualized, expected to live up to some bleached, shaved, makeup-smeared, surgically modified yet waifishly thin ideal that has been developed over centuries of patriarchal society...and how this objectification upon women is psychologically damaging--to men.

    This poor guy above has been so mentally warped by Hollywood and advertising that he's incapable of developing a physical attraction to any of the normal girls he knows in real life. Let's take a moment to pitty him.

    Okay, we done? Good. Fortunately, a blonde porn star moves in next door, and immediately falls for him, even though he's intensely dorky, because, you know, it's what's on the inside that counts. But, I'm not just cherry-picking films here. I could point to this one:

    Another example of an attractive woman with a *cough cough* career who ends up with a loser whose only redeeming trait is that he's willing to "raise" the baby...if sleazy frat boys without jobs can be said to raise babies.

    But surely this is a phenomenon in teen comedies?

    Well, look at "romances."

    Here's a fairly recent romantic comedy where a successful, relatively well-balanced woman who is portrayed as HORRIBLY DESPARATE for being interested in a neighbor....meanwhile, the character played by Gerard Butler mudwrestles with models on television, and has no interest in anything but one-night stands, yet this is understandable because of his childhood. This is a ROMANCE. Aren't these supposed to be geared more towards female audiences? It really bothers me that I'm more bothered by this film than any women I know.

    End rant.

    Okay, BUT, regardless of how inadequately this comic deals with gender issues, it at least TRIES to grapple with them, and it does a better job than any of the movies mentioned above. Perhaps by the end of the series, the author's portrayals of gender issues will become more interesting and sophisticated. This was an entertaining comic, and I plan on continuing it for at least a little longer...but I'll admit that I'm highly confused by the acclaim it has gotten.

  • Rincey

    Well, I get why everyone LOOOVES this book but some of it just rubbed me the wrong way. Like I don't understand why the entire world just stops functioning completely. Are there no female engineers or scientists or electricians in the entirety of the world?

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Yorick Brown is that guy who can't hold down a job. Plays with magic..and he is the last man on earth. Something has killed off everything male on the planet. He and his pet monkey are all that's left.

    Now gangs of women called the Amazons, a bunch of Republicans and his brainwashed sister Hero are all wanting a piece of Yorick.

    Either to kill him or mate him. He just wants to find his fiance in Australia.

    This was a fun book. I thought it was going to go very political but quickly became a fun

    Yorick Brown is that guy who can't hold down a job. Plays with magic..and he is the last man on earth. Something has killed off everything male on the planet. He and his pet monkey are all that's left.

    Now gangs of women called the Amazons, a bunch of Republicans and his brainwashed sister Hero are all wanting a piece of Yorick.

    Either to kill him or mate him. He just wants to find his fiance in Australia.

    This was a fun book. I thought it was going to go very political but quickly became a fun book.

  • Brad

    So there's this thing that happens in post-apocalypse stories that I need to talk to you about.

    You know how in a zombiepocalypse story we occassionally receive hints that it might be better for the women to stay safe so they can make babies? Usually it's only hints, and the male characters don't seem to want to offend the post-feminist sensibilities of the women, so instead the women tote guns and put their wombs at risk of becoming a zombie-buffet. But everyone gets along-ish, and there are us

    So there's this thing that happens in post-apocalypse stories that I need to talk to you about.

    You know how in a zombiepocalypse story we occassionally receive hints that it might be better for the women to stay safe so they can make babies? Usually it's only hints, and the male characters don't seem to want to offend the post-feminist sensibilities of the women, so instead the women tote guns and put their wombs at risk of becoming a zombie-buffet. But everyone gets along-ish, and there are usually plenty of women and men, so it doesn't seem like fertility is the

    important concern.

    Or you get the big, bad group of fascist men trying to turn some poor girl into a "breeder" for the new human race, but she tends to rise up, spank their patriarchal asses, escape with her girl power intact, and hook up with some nice guy with whom she's fought for survival.

    And in the bleakest of apocalypses there's no hope anyway, so who gives a shit about procreation? Everyone's dead or dying, cannibalism is running rampant, society has failed, and humans are doomed to extinction. The best the survivors can do is keep hiking down some road to whatever is further down the road with the world as nothing but the road.

    But I've totally fucking had it now that I've read

    . This book really pisses me off to no end.

    I'm fine with the Amazonian self-mutilators (I can buy an angry, post-apocalyptic group of violent women). I am willing to suspend my disbelief that Yorick and his monkey make it through the manpocalypse as the only surviving Y chromosomes. I'll yawn and tolerate the Yankee setting of yet another apocalypse. I'll cringe but cope with yet another bad ass, dreadlocked, African-American woman who's the most capable and violent person around. I'll even believe that spindly little Yorick can pass as a woman as long as he has his gas mask on.

    But what I won't believe, what I won't buy, where I won't suspend by disbelief, where I am not fine is with the idea that Yorick would ever, EVER, be allowed to wander around the winter of homo sapienism with one body guard, risking his testicles for some stupid, pointless, selfish, idiotic search for the love of his life and his sister. His sperm, and Ampersand's, would be the most important substances known to womankind (not because he is a man but because of sheer practicality). He would be protected whether he liked it or not. He would be imprisoned. His sperm would be used to impregnate. It would be used to find an immunity for future boys. It would be used for the survival of homo sapiens. Period.

    I heard this book was really great -- a must read graphic novel. At best it is okay ... if you look past the idiocy of Yorick's wanderings, his insufferable smarminess, that stupid fucking monkey, and the poorest characterizations of women you're ever likely to see. Why two stars then? Because it isn't quite as bad as the

    '

    -- though it is damn close.

  • Irena

    The story started out so well: fast-paced, intriguing..I can see it's a dude comic, the main character ends up being the last man left on a planet full of allll kinds of women! No matter what kind of an ugly twat you might wanna be,

    woman will want you.

    I see half-naked blonde, beachy-style woman, some ex-models running around, army women, special op women, scientist women. That's ookayyy with me. It

    a dude comic, after all, no?

    Then came this:

    (main char): I'm not afraid of

    The story started out so well: fast-paced, intriguing..I can see it's a dude comic, the main character ends up being the last man left on a planet full of allll kinds of women! No matter what kind of an ugly twat you might wanna be,

    woman will want you.

    I see half-naked blonde, beachy-style woman, some ex-models running around, army women, special op women, scientist women. That's ookayyy with me. It

    a dude comic, after all, no?

    Then came this:

    (main char): I'm not afraid of the world...I'm fraid of a world without you. I mean it, Beth. I really feel lost when we're apart.

    : I know. I've missed you too, Yorick. I was just thinking about the time we were on the roof in the rain...

    : But it's not just that! I mean, of course I miss that, but...You're my best friend, Beth. You're brilliant and funny and your favorite movie is Miller's Crossing. I didn't even know there were women like you.

    Later the main char (hereafter referred to as: Twat) says to his mother:

    : But I don't want to sit here and be a...a "stud" for however many anonymous women you expect me to inseminate. Not when the girl I

    is out there. (He blankly stares through the window)

    No, man! NO! Don't do this to me!

    So much for the dude-comic. Ok.

    So, next we see Twat encounter a woman that seems to be picking up dead bodies and driving them in a garbage truck in order to exchange them for canned food. I won't even go there, but what I wish to point out is the following: remember Jill from Resident Evil 3? I was always pissed that she's fighting infectious zombies half-naked, when her priority is to shield herself from their bites at any cost? I'd armor up! Now, this tschik seems to do the same. She's an ex-super model, trying to lift the male dead bodies (of 80-100kg each) and toss 'em into the garbage truck. There is

    way she can do this alone without getting in heavy body contact with half- or nearly rotten dead bodies. Did I mention that it is also nighttime?

    Moving on! What appears next seems to be the development of Twat's character, where we see that he's not only a gentle lover, but also momma's boy:

    And anyway, what could POSSIBLY be worst than the dreadful terrorists that seem to be aiming straight (and only) at America?!

    [pause for more drama]

    Okay. Leave that be [I won't even go into the topic where the women in power state how the dead men's Constitution doesn't apply anymore, because it is

    constitution and that it's time for something NEW! Fuckyea!].

    So, we come to the main problem. It's manpocalypse and the President decides that the

    (being as they're apparently too late to grab hold of the sperm bank/s) is being sent on a journey with a: "Godspeed to you both and whatever you do...don't fuck this up"

    Now, I don't know about you, but I'd shackle dat man and milk him! Something like..well, this:

    [One thing I

    get to complain about is the artwork :) love it!]

    I definitely wouldn't let the immature twat set off on a journey guarded by only one person, no matter how spec op they may be. *shakes head*

    Oh, and while we're at the White House scene, lookie at this *tries to suppress her chuckle. No, not really :'D gahahahaha*

    If

    did it, you better watch out for what the

    do, some srs sh*t!

    We also have the Amazons who go all Altair on their breast so they can handle the bow better.

    In the world of powerful firearms and effective cold weapons you chose a..bow? Bow-chicks become popular in 2012,

    in the time of the Last Man so nu-huuhhh!

    Don't even get me started on Dr. Allison, where the throws herself at developing a breast cancer cure for the last generation livin' on this planet:

    "If we're going to be the last generation of humans, we should at least be allowed to live our miserable lives in good health."

    *sigh* :'D

    Why am I so angry at this comic and I've just started?

    It's 'cause the main character pisses me SO off! He's got great responsibility now and he he literally waits for the moment when his guard looks away for him to go make some shi*. Not only he's totally consumed with seeing his darling did-she-agree-to-marry-him-or-not? fiance [

    : We both know that I resent you dragging me to some attack-of-the-clones doctor when I could be out there looking for the girl I love. FINE.], he's all too immature [

    : Jesus, where the hell do you get off lecturing me like I'm some kind of delinquent kid? We're practically the same age!

    : then start acting like it, Yorick!> AND he's a grammar Nazi!

    *sigh* he doesn't deserve the harem he's got himself into...

    I forgot what were the positive things I was gonna point out and the reason it actually got two stars instead of one but..

    Nevermind.

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