Posted Feb 4, 2010 in Arts | 2 Comments

The COMICS Pimp – Y The Last Man

Y The Last Man

I’ve often wondered what the world would be like if women were in charge. It’s likely that there would be fewer wars and conflicts, and we’d probably have a more egalitarian society. But how much of what I believe is true? Even today, in virtually every culture, social pressures largely dictate what roles women are supposed to play. What if that changed suddenly and irrevocably?

Y The Last Man

Y The Last Man, one of Vertigo Comics’ most original titles, explores the possibility of a world where in one instant, mankind ceases to exist. Yorick Brown, an unemployed escape artist with a pet monkey named Ampersand (also a male), becomes the only man alive. Sounds a bit like the average heterosexual male’s ultimate fantasy, doesn’t it? The only glitch is that Yorick happens to be in love with one woman, his fiancée, who is stranded on the other side of the planet.

Y The Last Man

What happens next is more like a nightmare. Since almost all pilots, truck drivers, ship captains, mechanics, electricians, construction workers, and world leaders died simultaneously, society, as we know it, ceases to exist. While the world restructures, Yorick becomes the subject of a manhunt, and scribe Brian K. Vaughan (who is a writer-producer on TV’s LOST) and artist Pia Guerra deliver brilliantly.

Y The Last Man

Y The Last Man challenges us to reconsider our notions. Are women really less violent? Are they less ambitious and power-hungry? And are they more nurturing and emotional? Like most guys, I’ve grown up with a slew of ideas regarding the opposite sex, and at best it’s messy territory to even explore the idea that gender determines behavior. Fearless creators Brian K. Vauhan and Pia Guerra delve into the subject headfirst, giving us such realistic, compelling characters that we can’t help but question gender stereotypes. For that alone, Y The Last Man is one of the best comics being published today and one of the most entertaining reads.

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  1. I agree! Great series, and one-shot Pride of Bagdad and ongoing series Ex-Machina as well! Great work, Dan!

  2. Very well written, I’m eager to follow up on your next post.

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