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Y: The Last Man, Book 1, Deluxe Edition Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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Pia Guerra is the Shuster and Eisner Award-winning penciller and co-creator of Y: The Last Man, a book she will always look back on as a labor of love crossed with a trial of Hercules. She currently lives in Vancouver with her very talented husband Ian Boothby, who helped write this bio for her.
- Publisher : Vertigo; Deluxe edition (October 28, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401219217
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401219215
- Item Weight : 1.71 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.35 x 0.88 x 11.14 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #318,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you don’t know how to write women, then at least just stick to statistics. He even calls them out in the beginning, with men dead that’s lie 92% of all violent criminals dead. And yet the entire world has erupted into chaos with violence and cannibalism? No. It’s no wonder Stephen King loved it with how he also writes women.
When I first heard of this series I was very intrigued by the concept and knew I wanted to read it. Thankfully they had it at my local library and I picked up volume one only to find I could not put it down. This series in amazing as I'm sure many other reviewers are already telling you. The characters are likable and feel like real people despite the extraordinary circumstances around them. They include of course many strong female characters such as a secret agent assigned to protect Yorick, a biologist trying to bring mankind back who may know more about the incident then she's let on, an Israeli officer that will stop at nothing to find the last man on Earth whose motive and goal is unclear, and many more. The dialogue is witty and the storyline is addictive. Nearly every chapter ends with a revelation of some kind that shakes your perception of the world within the comic without relying on cheap tricks to keep the reader engaged. I don't want to spoil anything for people that haven't read it before but I will say that if you haven't given this series a chance yet and it isn't at your local library then here is the best place to start. I seriously doubt you'll regret it.
But I kept reading and found myself not wanting to stop reading once I was about midway. Vaughn creates an amazing and original story (sometimes with cheesy dialogue) that is new to comics. Packed with many plot twists, I never know what is going to happen next. I just ordered book 2 and 3 because I know I will want to finish this series.
Also, credit to Guerra for some fantastic artwork.
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Of particular note to me are the Daughters of the Amazon. Misandrists suddenly making themselves an active and very real threat to people's lives and freedom ... now THAT'S scary. Very effective villains, I thought. Victoria has a very "cult leader" feel to her.
Still not sure what to make of Yorick. His loyalty to Beth is admirable, he has some funny lines (calling one of the Amazon "Mad Maxine" stands out to me), and the last man in Earth being an escape artist is interesting, but at the same time, there are points where he doesn't seem to be taking the situation seriously enough.
All in all, I enjoyed this and I look forward to continuing the series.
It starts off strong, has a couple if dips in the middle with the last book being brilliant, that can being a tear to your eye