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Y: The Last Man

Now that i have some free time on my hands i started reading again. I begun with stuff i had borrowed a while ago and had never got around finishing. So this is good news for many of my friends who will soon be getting their books & comics back. One of those things was Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. My first encounter with this comic was many years ago when i stumble upon it on a post listing the best comics/graphic novels one has to read, and its premise intrigued me. Following that, last year a friend gave me the first volume, which had been shelved up to now.

The series might be characterized as a dystopian science fiction comic examining the “what-if” scenario of the eradication of the male population. To the skeptics out there, this is not a feminine manifesto. It certainly posses gender issues. Nonetheless it analyzes, in a very convincingly rationale, how the world would react to such a phenomenon, all the while focusing on the last man on the planet, Yorick Brown (notice that his name begins with a Y, since he is the last of the XY chromosome-representatives). There are many other characters in the series, during his search of his family, his quest to be reunited with Beth (girl-friend/fiance), the answer to why this has happened and a cure. There are also interesting statistics on how much of the world’s operations were male dominated (politics, army, pilots, captains, mechanics, scientists, priests etc) and how that has affected the operation of the planet (loss of electricity, planes, ships,  and similar issues that were triggered by the simultaneous death of all the men on the planet). You will read about things like top-models collecting corpses from the streets. The rise of the Amazons, who saw this as a sign that the male gender, having oppressed women for this long, finally paid its due. Women dressing up as males, reversing the prostitution sector. It also delves into the fatality of the mankind, since all the male mammals have passed away, thus leaving no reproduction options for the existing females, which will eventually wither and die. These things are simply a fragment of the story.

Furthermore, there is a lot of graphic violence, which one would not expect in a female populated world. The violence depicted is justified in the story arc and does not seem irrational (since many of the characters are acting irrational within the context of their scope).

Pop culture references were also in abundance throughout the story (will not go into detail so as you can be pleasantly surprised as i was when reading it).

What i also enjoyed about this comic was the fact that it is not US centered. It includes people from around the world, the characters travel from one continent to the other, and see the state in which most of the population is in (it is safe to assume that some civilizations dealt with it more efficiently than others).

In conclusion, the list i had once read was right, this is a comic book series that people should read.


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