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2017-07-12 06:01


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Y - The Last Man
Author: Brian K. Vaughan and artist: Pia Guerra 
WHAT would you do if you were suddenly the only man alive? That’s the premise of Y - The Last Man, an ambitious and brilliantly executed graphic novel in which we follow Yorick Brown as he travels the world to find out why he and his pet monkey were the only males unaffected by a freak plague that instantly killed every living organism with a Y chromosome.
With magnetic characters occupying a beautifully illustrated world grounded in research, Vaughan takes what is nothing more than a passing fantasy for most people and fleshes it out into an epic journey of circumstantial and self-discovery, producing with artist Pia Guerra maybe the finest exhibition of the comic book medium and revealing a born storyteller at the peak of his craft.
One of my favourite aspects of Y is the mystery behind the plague not resolving into a cop-out on the part of the author. The genre may be loaded here with as much weight as it can bear. Still, Vaughan successfully manages to tie up his odyssey on a plausible note and contain it firmly and satisfyingly inside the boundaries of science fiction.
Like every classic tale, Y - The Last Man is an experience that ingrains itself within and keeps you coming back years after you’re done with it. This isn’t a great comic book story. It’s a great story, period, and while it may be costlier than a book (weighing in at over 1000 pages), with a result this phenomenal, the show is well worth the price of admission.
- Omar Sayed

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