Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I picked this up right after reading The Dark Knight Returns, because I really enjoyed Miller’s classic and it made me want to read more graphic novels. I had seen Y listed pretty highly on some “top graphic novels” lists and it was in stock at the library so it was an easy choice.
Y: The Last Man follows Yorick and his pet monkey, literally the last two males of any species on the planet. When I grabbed the first volume at the library, I really didn’t know anything about the story when I started in on the first volume, but, right off the bat, I was really drawn in by the premise. Sure, the “last man on earth” concept has been done before, but not in a world that still included the entire female population. It was really very interesting to see what Vaughan imagined would happen in such a scenario.
I also really enjoyed the novel because Vaughan has an excellent sense of humor. I genuinely laughed out loud a couple of times while reading. The first volume was really a lot of fun. Yorick is such a goofball, you can’t help but laugh at his antics and witticisms.
I seriously think I would recommend this to anyone with an inclination towards sci-fi or graphic novels. It really was that entertaining. Five stars for sure.