For the past five months I have slowly been making my way through the graphic novel colossus that is Y: The Last Man. Coming in at 10 volumes and around 1600 pages, this was certainly an epic undertaking. The whole story is centered around Yorick, the last man on Earth as an unknown plague wipes out every living creature with a Y-chromosome. In this altered reality, the remaining females have to band together to keep life going on the planet. Some turn hopeful, some fearful, and others angry at the male patriarchy, celebrating its removal.
Overall this was a monster of a story to undertake, both from a writing and illustrating standpoint but also from simply reading it. Most of the time, it was a page turner but other times it got a little monotonous and boring. I really felt like I connected with these characters having spent the past five months in real time and four years in graphic novel time with them. In typical Vaughan fashion, he holds nothing back. Nobody is safe in this story and it was hard at times letting go.
Vaughan's imagination runs rampant here in this futuristic society filled with one-breasted woman who call themselves the Amazons, escaped convicts trying to live in a Utopian society, and quite a bit of girl-on-girl action. Having read quite a bit of his work, I think this is what attracts me to his projects. He simply doesn't shy away from hashing out his vision no matter how gritty the details get. For that, I commend him.
I enjoyed most everything this story had to offer. From the twists and turns, to the subtle ending, this was without a doubt one of the best graphic novel series I have ever read. Its sheer length is something to be praised but also criticized. Certainly there were a few minor story lines that could have been taken out but it is this large volume that makes it what it is: an epic, life-changing story.
If you have a few months to kick back and soak it all up, I'd say check it out. But be forewarned, there are a lot of characters you need to keep track of, and get ready for an ending which I loved but some friends of mine didn't.
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