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Y: The Last Man

Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Pia Guerra

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
Cover concept by Lorenzo Princi, 30th April 2014

In one instant, all across the globe, a strange occurrence kills entire male populations of each and every species. Mothers, sisters, wives and daughter are suddenly left to continue their lives and re-shape their communities, cities and nations to suit the needs of a world without their fathers, husbands and brothers, and face the fear of being humanity last generation. Y: The Last Man asks two questions at once; What would the world be like without men? And what would the world be like for the last man.

Yorick Brown, a down on his luck escape artist and his new pet monkey, Ampersand, are the only male survivors of the tragic event. Yorick suddenly represents a final hope for those who want to repopulate the Earth but also a reminder of a past patriarchal society some are glad is gone, vowing to do anything to keep their new, male-less world, intact.

Setting out on an adventure to save the human race and re-unite with his fiancee, Yorick, his protector (Agent 355) and an expert in biology, Dr. Mann, search for answers to the cause of the man killer. Helped and hindered by an array of interesting, wacky and weird friends and foes, their travels are epic, marvelous and absolutely enthralling. With stakes as big as life, this mystery spans a large scope of time as it unravels as unexpectedly as a straight jacket.

A twist on the post-apocalyptic genre, Vaughan creates an amazing world with rich, complex characters who will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. Y: The Last Man is smart, dark, simple and complex all at the same time.