Graphic Novels (3): Y:The Last Man vol. 3 & 4

Another all Y: The Last Man post. I’m addicted to this series right now, so I’m flying through it. I just bought volumes 4, 5 and 6 today (already done 4), so the next graphic novels post will be volumes 5 and 6. I promise to review some different ones soon. I have enough of them waiting to be read!

 

Y: The Last Man – One Small Step
by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, José Marzán, Jr. & Paul Chadwick

Yorick Brown, the only human male to survive a global sex-specific plague, may not be unique for much longer. As he makes his way across the remains of America (together with a secret government agent, a cloning specialist, and the only other male mammel to survive, Ampersand the monkey), the last man on Earth is about to have an unexpected visitation from above: Three astronauts are descending from the exhausted International Space Station, and two of them are men.

Risking reentry in a creaky Soyuz capsule is dangerous enouhg, especially when a fatal disease may still be waiting on the ground. Bu this trio of spacefarers is also heading directly into an international showdown over who will control the world’s supply of males – and there’s no guarantee that any of them will survive the crossfire.

 

Volume 3 has kept me hooked. Yorick, Dr. Mann, Agent 355 and Ampersand have made it as far as Kansas – a small detour once they find out that two male astronauts are going to be touching down near a government clean room facility. Unfortunately, the Israeli soldiers have caught up with them (thanks to some inside help. I guessed who was helping back in volume 2 and I was totally right!).

There’s some pretty intense action and heartbreak, and we hadn’t seen the last of Yorick’s sister Hero (I was right that she’d be back). We also get a small interlude where we check in with a troupe of women travelling around performing plays and the like. Ampersand shows up, and we’re left wondering what’s going on, until Yorick and the others show up in the end to get him back.

There was a slight change in the artwork during the interlude, it wasn’t quite as realistic as the rest of the art tries (and succeeds) to be. It helped set the tone and change the focus from Yorick to a group of women. It was very well done. I see volumes 4 and 5 in my immediate future =)

 

Y: The Last Man – Safeword
by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Goran Parlov & José Marzán, Jr.

Now more than halfway across the country, Earth’s sole surviving human male, Yorick Brown, and his companions, cloning specialist Dr. Allison Mann and government agent 355, are preparing for the final leg of their journey to San Francisco, where Dr. Mann’s most important experiment awaits. But before they can leave, they need to get antibiotics for the planet’s only other living male – Yorick’s monkey, Ampersand. For Yorick, that means an enforced stay in the back country of Colorado with one of 355’s former associates, the retired agent 711.

But Yorick is in for much more than a quiet weekend in the woods. Of all the dangers that he’s faced in his travels, what awaits him in 711’s small cabin will be the hardest to confront – and will also prove to be the difference between life and death for the world’s last man.

 

Yorick is slowly growing up. He’s losing those last few illusions he still held onto about the world, and agent 711 helps him see that, albeit in a very odd way. He has to face some hard truths during his stay with agent 711, and later on makes a decision that will change him even more.

We get to see more of what post-death is like for America, and the characters are slowly making their way to San Fran. Yorick is still holding out hope about going to Australia to find Beth and the plot just keeps getting thicker with the introduction of the Setauket Ring (rivals to agent 355’s Culper Ring, maybe? An equivalent order? I need answers!!). Oh, and Hero shows up again, this time in Kansas. She’s following Yorick’s footsteps. Brother/sister showdown soon, maybe?

This series is just epic, I love it!

 
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