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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2008
When reading a long graphic novel series you have to usually remember that for the most part they get better as they go along. The first volume will lay the groundwork and this will often lead many to say that a comic is boring.

Y The Last Man Vol 1 is good enough to make you want to read the next one but has some serious flaws. For starters women are portrayed as rather one dimensional and Yorick can be a little annoying in his single minded attempt to get to his girlfriend when humanity is obviously in danger. On saying that
I raced through this book and while I did find it annoying in parts it is a good start and I will be picking up Volume 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2012
The premise is that every living male (human and animal) dies at the same time leaving the planet populated entirely by females. This is a unique idea and allows for a lot of introspection on the role that sex or gender has played in shaping our culture and societies across the globe. It also allows for speculation on what kind of a brave new world would a single sex forge. This is science fiction at its best.

For the sake of drama one man has survived, naturally an American, and naturally an aimless, twenty-something slacker. His male pet monkey has also survived too. We follow our titular hero, Yorick, as various people want to get their hands on him, for good or ill, and as he journeys halfway across this woman-filled globe to meet up with his fiancé. He is well-read, cynical and wisecracking enough to make a good guide through this dysfunctional new reality.

The art is expertly drawn but quite understated having a very clean, almost pop-art flavour to it. The layout is superb. With several stories being told the choice of when to cut between them and when to show them all on the same page is spot on. The writing is good but the storytelling, the way in which facts are revealed, the jumping backward and forward in time is exemplary. The introduction and payoff in the first issue alone is superb. There is a lot of show don't tell in which questions are asked and the only answer is the character's expression, which is just how this medium should be used. Even the lettering steps up its game with speech bubbles overlapping each other to help you know what order to read them in. And when many people talk at once the letters encroach on each other making it impossible to read just as in a real conversation.

This is technically the perfect comic with a bold concept, incredible structure, real innovation and a unique style. It is very Americentric however. Many of the political and cultural references might be lost to the overseas reader. I also got the sense that the author was definitely soap-boxing about his politics too, which would be fine in a subtle way, but too heavy handed in this instance. Having such a large, almost all female, ensemble cast does put a strain on both the writer and artist to differentiate them and make them unique. Hopefully they will establish their independence as the issues progress.

This is an amazing start that effortlessly sweeps a bold Thumbs Up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2013
First off, let's be positive - this is a great and bold concept for an ongoing story and could be a wonderful way in which a writer could explore the ways males and females differ in their perception of power. Whilst it's clear from the introduction to the second volume in this series that Brian K Vaughan has a great interest in the global inequalities and lack of access to power for females, he isn't really able to demonstrate this here entirely successfully. Perhaps that's partially because of the comic book medium's need to keep things focused and moving along in bite sized chunks without slowing the pace down by exploring how one gender would run the world in the absence of the other. What results instead are broad brush strokes that give very little insight into how things are now run and, at worst, presents its female protagonists as being as testosterone fueled as any male (I really could not understand the raison d'etre for the Amazon women when all the men were dead anyway). I don't think, as another reviewer did, that all the female characters are one dimensional - Yorick's mum in particular gives light and shade to this argument - and whilst the story is relatively engaging, its flaws surprised me (I was aware this was a critically acclaimed read) and, having also read volume two and not been convinced that things are getting much better, I don't think I'm going to proceed any further - apologies if it gets brilliant after that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2013
This has one of the best opening chapters of any graphic novel series I've ever read as in the first 30 pages or so the author manages to introduce a host of characters and the initial set up without any confusion and a clever lay out that keeps you glued. The artwork in this volume that is present throughout the series is also a perfect fit, clear and emotive allowing a focus on the drama rather than huge action. Other is always controversy around illustrations of women in comics as they usually are some sexualized and unrealistic but Pia Guerra's artwork shows a very realistic range of women, lucky as there is a lot of women to draw in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
A friend of mine is encouraging me to read more graphic novels so he picked this one out for me to help kick-start my interest in a genre I have no knowledge about.

I enjoyed this, my friend picked well, but then he knows I enjoy reading about dystopic societies so it was pretty much a dead cert. The premise is interesting, and although I was left fairly disappointed with the rather abrupt ending, my friend has assured me the rest of the series is excellent and one that has now finished so I won't be waiting around for the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2013
Wasn't blown away in the slightest by this first volume. Luckily I had ordered the first three volumes due to the great reviews, otherwise I may not have bothered picking up part two.
Quite a lot is going on here in this volume which in my opinion left the story a bit all over the place. However, from part two onward's the story really takes shape and it becomes an addicting read!
If you like the Walking Dead give this a shot, has a similar vibe.
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on 23 July 2013
Before Saga, there was Ex Machina. And before Ex MAchina there was this comic book beauty. Oh great Brian K Vaughan, in my opinion: a less hippy, less hairy, less up-tight modern day Alan Moore.
This series is a great series.
The characters feel real; the story makes you think, makes you laugh and grips you like a boa constrictor. It is perfect.

LONG LIVE BRIAN K VAUGHAN!!!

That is all.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2006
Imagine waking up one morning and finding out you are the very last man alive on Earth. Billions of women and your the only hope for the survival of the human race. Sounds like a dream come true, endless late nights and not a headache in sight....Right.....Wrong!

Speaking totally from a male perspective it really does seem like heaven on earth, but throw in violent hoards of vigilante lesbian biker chicks, Israeli special forces on a mission to kidnap you for mass fertilization, an american government in complete chaos with no policing and countless numbers of lady nutters taking full advantage of the situation, you soon find yourself in a complete nightmare not too far off a George A Romero script.

I myself have only read the first five books and they are absolutely gripping, i have the other books on order and i am chomping at the bit waiting for them to arrive.

This is an absolutely brilliant comic series and a must have for anybody who is interested in appocolypse theories.

Oh yeah, and theres a monkey in it too.
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on 19 March 2014
If you are brand new to graphic novels and are just trying them out for the first time, then you can go far wrong with Y the last man. It is probably one of the most ingenious concepts for a story and suceeds by keeping you gripped and wanting to know what happens in the next comic or next book. Recommended.
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on 25 April 2014
Bought this for a friend. It was swiftly delivered and in great condition. I've read it before and thoroughly enjoyed the story. You'll quickly get sucked in and I'd advise you to get a few volumes at a time as you'll burn through them quickly!
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