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Book Review: Y: The Last Man: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan (Series, #7) (Graphic Novel)

Summary:
Our trifecta of heroes have successfully crossed the Pacific Ocean and are now on the seacoast of Australia.  Yorick naturally insists on looking for his long-lost girlfriend in the drug-infested city of Sydney.  Meanwhile, Dr. Mann gets wooed by the one-eyed sailor rescued from the pirate ship in the previous book.  We also learn more of Ampersand the monkey’s backstory.

Review:
It probably comes as no surprise that I am still loving this series, although I am super-grateful to have one containing so many issues to be holding up so well!  Although I’m not a big fan of the Dr. Mann being duped story, the other two more than make up for it.

Seeing Sydney torn apart by heroin provides a different scenario in this post-apocalyptic world.  We’ve seen the women fall to violence, over-monitoring, and chaos, but we haven’t seen the self-medication reaction yet.  The scenes with the women on heroin are sad and poignant.  The perfect backdrop to Yorick’s story.

Naturally as an animal lover and animal rights person I love Ampersand’s backstory.  Originally abused and destined for a research lab, his shipping got mixed up and wound up with Yorick to be trained to be a helper animal instead.  How this ties in with Dr. Mann is disturbing and the perfect set-up for the next issue.  After seeing all he’s been through, I really hope they find Ampersand the next issue!

Overall, the art and story are consistently good and in spite of being the seventh in a long series the storyline has not gotten out of hand or become dull.  This is an excellent entry that will leave fans craving more!

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Public Library

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Previous Books in Series
Y: The Last Man: Unmanned (review)
Y: The Last Man: Cycles (review)
Y: The Last Man: One Small Step (review)
Y: The Last Man: Safeword (review)
Y: The Last Man: Ring of Truth (review)
Y: The Last Man: Girl on Girl (review)

Book Review: Y: The Last Man: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan (Series, #4) (Graphic Novel)

Man floating in blue water.Summary:
Agent 355 and Dr. Mann drop Yorick off at another agent’s house while they bring the monkey, Ampersand, to an animal hospital to see after his cut.  The agent forces Yorick to confront his own inner demons.  Then the band continues on toward California, having to take a side-trip through Arizona where they run into a band of militant, anti-federal women.

Review:
The two plots contained in this entry in the series don’t flow together as well as other entries do.  Although the two plots are equally interesting, they feel odd being packaged together.

The first half features an…unconventional therapy method to get Yorick to confront his inner demons.  This section is excellently done and necessary to better understanding him.  So far, we’ve only seen him within the situations, but really have no idea what’s going on in his head.  That’s one of the interesting virtues of this particular graphic novel.  We see Yorick interacting and hear him speak, but we only rarely glimpse inside his mind.  Better understanding what is up with the, surprisingly abstinent, last man is key to continuing the plot.

The second half is far more humorous.  There’s something eloquent and smart about the Arizona state militia of women who even go so far as to call themselves “The Sons of Arizona.”  The strong reaction in the southwest to the plague with the idea that it was all arranged by the federal government is a very astute observation of the mentality of that area of the country.

So, although the two individual storylines were good, the plot just didn’t flow as smoothly this time around.  It feels like that classic in-between book syndrome.  It’s there to set things up for the next one.  We’ll see with the next entry if I’m right.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Public Library

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Previous Books in Series
Y: The Last Man: Unmanned (review)
Y: The Last Man: Cycles (review)
Y: The Last Man: One Small Step (review)

Book Review: Y: The Last Man: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan (Series, #2) (Graphic Novel)

November 30, 2011 1 comment

Giant Y with man in front of helicopterSummary:
Yorick and his monkey, Ampersand, (the last males on Earth) continue their reluctant quest to help the government find a way to fix the disease that killed all the other men or at least to clone new men.  Their train trip from Boston to California is caught up in Ohio, though, where they stumble upon an oddly utopian town of women.  Meanwhile, Yorick’s sister, Hero, and the Amazons continue their quest to rid the Earth of the last man.  Plus there’s a mysterious Russian woman who keeps insisting a spaceship with men on it is going to land.

Review:
Now that the premise of the post-apocalyptic world is set up, Vaughan’s story really picks up speed.  There is much less explaining and far more action this time around.  There are now multiple plot lines and mysteries beyond Yorick’s main one going as well, which helped, because let’s be honest, Yorick isn’t that likeable.

About 1/3 of this entry is set in Boston, primarily around Fenway and the train station.  I think having the Amazons duke it out in front of Fenway Park was a pretty nice touch too.

I don’t recall laughing with the first entry, but this one had me laughing out loud on the bus then having to explain to my companions around me what was so funny.  The line?

Killing’s easy. Like….like doing laundry!

It is a random, quirky sense of humor that I really enjoy, although I do expect that it might not strike some people as humorous.

The artwork continues to be bright and easy to follow.  I really appreciated the preliminary sketches featured in the back of the book.  It was most surprising to see that agent 355 originally was white and gradually was changed to black.  I’m glad Vaughan made the move, but I do wonder what brought it on!

Overall, if you like a post-apocalyptic graphic world with biting wit and gender commentary, you’re going to enjoy this book.

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Public Library

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Previous Books in Series:
Y: The Last Man: Unmanned (review)