Y: The Last Man, Volume 1: Unmanned

Y: The Last Man, Volume 1: Unmanned

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ISBN-13: 9781563899805
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: Y: The Last Man Series , #1
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.61(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

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Y: The Last Man, Volume 1: Unmanned 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Vaughan & Guerra knock it out of the park with this amazing telling of a male centered plague that decimates the population. The storyline is incredible, the dialogue is hilarious & realistic, and the art fits so well with the book. I can't praise this book enough. Fantastic stuff!!
AvenueQ More than 1 year ago
I will tell you right away that I am a huge fan of the Y: The Last Man series. Over time this has been the only series I have followed to completion. While the idea of all the men dying does not sound particularly original, the storyline is much deeper than one would expect. Unlike many graphic novels these days, it does not rely heavily on violence and absurdity to advance through the story. It also focuses not on the plague itself but on how society and the individual deal with the sudden and immense loss. As the author put it (I am paraphrasing), "It is the story of the last boy becoming the last man." I have to agree. I will end by reiterating my main point. This is a graphic novel that doesn't replace substance with style.
cliffagogo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mysterious plague devastates the earth, killing off every male mammal on the planet. Every male mammal that is apart from Yorick, an out of work escape artist and his pet monkey Ampersand. As America changes, and extremists begin to hunt for the one remaining man left after the death of 2.9 billion of them, Yorick sets off on a dangerous journey across the globe to find his girlfriend ¿ last seen on the other side of the world. What starts out as a straightforward and at times whimsical story becomes deeper and more satisfying as the series progresses. At times compelling and thought-provoking, this graphic novel series sometimes struggles with the artwork, but the writing is dead-on. Essential reading for those of us who like intelligent storytelling.
cheesechick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable but not very impressive. The main character is likable enough but so far nobody else is. The premise is certainly interesting.For a series with a premise that will obviously have a wealth of feminist and gender commentary, I'm not sure why the author felt the need to open with male characters acting sexist and condescending towards the women. The messages in this first volume are overt to say the least.The political commentary borders on ridiculous. The first appearance of the Republicans almost made me put down the book and leave it there.
jasonli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review applies to the entire collection of "Y: The Last Man."Vaughn and co's "Y: The Last Man" is a comic book epic about the aftermath of Earth after a mysterious plague wipes out all but one man. Through its ten volumes (or sixty issues), Vaughn accompanies Yorick Brown through a series of adventures and romances in an increasingly dystopian world. Guerra's illustrated storytelling does not miss a beat and is consistently vivid yet unassuming.To begin with, Vaughn and Guerra make a formidable duo ¿ the story, pacing, and characterization are all solid. Almost every issue is a veritable cliffhanger, and if you can excuse the slacker young adult male stereotype used on the main character, Vaughn makes a serious bid for character development and growth throughout. Yet "Y: The Last Man" is bound by comic book conventions ¿ the push for action cliffhangers and bursts of storytelling do not aid the tale, even if Vaughn and Guerra push the boundaries with every issue.
wilsonknut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is genius. I will definitely complete the series. With the success of The Walking Dead TV series, I'm sure it is just a matter of time before we see this adapted for TV.
lorelorn_2007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a 'plague' wipes out every male mammal on the planet almost instantaneously, there are two exceptions - New York loser Yorick and his capuchin monkey.Vaughn's script manages to rise above the typical nerd misogyny that pervades such 'last man' stories to deliver believable characters struggling to cope with a world that suddenly and inexplicably lost half its population.
KromesTomes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third graphic novel series I've dabbled in, and, although it's by far the most popular on LT, it was also by far my least favorite.In this series, a mystery plague of some kind has (apparently) killed every male mammal in the world. The only survivors appear to be Yorick, an unemployed English major, and his pet monkey, Ampersand.Yorick makes his way across the country to Washington, D.C., to find his mother, a U.S. representative. Then, with a top secret agent of a mysterious agency that dates back to the Revolutionary War, goes off to hunt for a maverick geneticist whose mad scientist/self-cloning experiment may have had some part in causing the plague. At the end, the three are preparing for further wacky adventures.Unfortunately, the book display exactly the kind of too smart for its ownself writing that drives me crazy. "Yorick"? His sister "Hero"? It's the old use Shakespearean names instead of biblical ones for symbolism thing. And the president of the U.S. (former Sec. of Agriculture) is just going to let the only man alive in the world wander all over the U.S. with just one special agent?I'm totally accepting of the "willing suspension of disbelief" necessary for things like "The Walking Dead" and "100 Bullets," but it just wasn't working here. I can suspend my disbelief for things that are outside regular human experience (the plague) far, far easier than over what seems like departures from expected human behavior, if that makes sense.Yet, as with the past couple of books I read, there were certainly scenes and ideas that partially made up for things. Here, it's when the wives of dead Republican senators/reps attempt to storm the White House and claim their husbands' seats. In a very tense scene, we learn just how little it can take for the shooting to start.And when Hero is "forced" to kill someone to show her loyalty to the Amazons, that's pretty powerful, too.In the end, I have to say there are better things out there to read.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I'm not a regular reader of comics, I do so love apocalyptic fiction, and this series opener does not disappoint! It's mysterious, violent (definitely for "mature audiences"), creepy and full of intriguing characters. Yorick, the last man is likable, but has flaws, which I find much more fascinating than those out-and-out, "can do no wrong" types. I look forward to the next in the series!
kd9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of graphic novels. I liked the Sandman series, but that was written by an excellent novelist. My husband, who likes graphic novels more than I do, didn't like this one. But Volume Ten is nominated for a Hugo award for 2008, so I wanted to read all of the Hugo nominated Graphic Novels and wanted to start with the first in the series. I liked this so much that I am ordering Volumes 2 - 9 to read the entire story.The tale is of a plague that destroys all mammals with a Y chromosome, except for one young man and his male monkey. We don't find out why he was spared, but we do find out some of the problems he would face being the only man left on Earth. He is not particularly smart or strong, but he does have some awesome allies, including his Congressperson mother. The story is told in flash backs that catch you up with the cover picture and move forward. The drawings are very descriptive and the dialogue is witty. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of amateur magician Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the only two male mammals known to have survived a mysterious plague that simultaneously killed virtually everything with a Y chromosome. I'd heard great things about this series, and this first volume (of 10) was a very promising start.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great start to a series that has great graphics and an even better plot. I like the variety of reactions shown to the virus and the situations that arise.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I was not initially disposed to think highly of Y: The Last Man, since at a cursory examination, the amateurish artwork by Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan is such an immediate visual turn-off. Nonetheless, I decided to give the first volume a chance, since it has been talked-up pretty far and wide. And I can't say that I regret it - beyond the makeweight illustrations, Brian Vaughn has crafted a thought-provoking tale. His dialogue is often quite silly and his reliance on cinematic pacing doesn't always work well, but it's undeniable that this story is packed with ideas, some of them quite intriguing. Now if I can just bring myself to ignore the completely ridiculous plot device that has eliminated the majority of male mammals from the planet, I just might be able to make it to the second volume in the series.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The premise of Y: The Last Man is simple... what would happen in a world without men? In this case, every man (and every Y-chromosome-bearing male mammal) on the planet was simultaneously and instantly killed by a mysterious plague. Every man, that is, except one: Yorrick Brown. (And his pet capuchin monkey Ampersand.) After the disaster, all he wants to do is travel to Australia to find his girlfriend, but instead he must travel from Washington D.C. to Boston, avoiding gangs of violent women eager to destroy any trace of the patriarchy, and attempt to find a doctor who might hold the key to why Yorrick is the only male to have survived the plague.Review: Y: The Last Man is I think one of the modern classics of the graphic novel format. It's probably the first graphic novel series I remember hearing about in the days before I started reading them for myself, and now that I'm finally getting around to it, I'm pleased to report that at least the first volume totally lives up to the hype. I do love me a well-thought-out post-apocalyptic world, and the world of Y: The Last Man is incredibly intriguing. I love thinking through the ramifications of the premise - what *would* happen if all of the men died tomorrow? - and I especially love when the writers come up with angles that never would have occurred to me (i.e. the majority of the remaining U.S. politicians would be Democrats.) There's also a fair amount of science behind this science fiction, and since sex determination is an area of particular interest to me, I've also been having fun trying to think through the virology/epidemiology/endocrinology/genetics of the plague. (Why only mammalian males? What about fish or frogs with an X chromosome? What about XY-but-androgen-insensitive women? What would the world look like if, within a generation, all of the mammals really did die out for lack of males?)It's still a little bit of the early stages to have formed much of an opinion on the characters yet, but the plot is interesting enough, and going in enough different directions that I've been thoroughly sucked in. Neither the artwork or the panelling is particularly unique or phenomenally noteworthy, although the style *is* right up my alley - slightly simplified, with strong, un-sketchy lines. (The style is actually visually pretty similar to Fables.) Squeamish readers, though, be warned: there is a fair bit of extremely graphic violence and some strong and sexually-charged language. Not enough to put me off, but definitely more than I was expecting. There are also a few characters I can't always tell apart yet, but again: early days. I'm definitely going to keep reading, since I'm dying to see where the story goes from here. 4.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Fans of apocalyptic or dystopian sci-fi should definitely read this, if they haven't already. Also good for biology nerds, readers of Anne Rice's The Queen of the Damned who think Akasha should have just gotten her way, and anyone who's ever uttered (or heard) the phrase "Not if you were the last man on Earth."
theboylatham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

A mysterious plague kills all the men in the world - except one.

bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A phenomenon causes all men on the planet to die, except one. Yorick Brown, son of an English professor and a congresswoman, and his monkey Ampersand are apparently the last males living of any species. Nobody knows why. But maybe they can keep the human race from dying out - as long as none of the crazy gangs kill Yorick first.I thought this set up a great "what if," and had a convincing way of exploring what could happen if most males died. Yorick is an interesting guy - escape artist, English major, and surprisingly well-adjusted for being named after a skull in a play. For you other Lost fans out there, this is the comic that Hurley brings on Flight 316. Recommended for fans of science fiction; I would rate it R, primarily for language and violence.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A plague has hit the world, resulting in the death of every male human (and other male animals as well.) Yorick Brown, and his male monkey are the only two known male survivors. Vaughan sets up the plague by showing difference scenerios, each of which MIGHT be a factor. He shows a post-apocalyptic all female world that surprisingly does not either deifiy nor denigrate women. (It turns out that women are not much better at running things than men in the end.) This is volume one, and it leaves the read with enough question to keep going. I am eagerly awaiting volume 10.
Kskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One July summer the supposedly impossible happens: every mammal, fetus and sperm...anything with a Y chromosome dies. Yorick Brown, an unemployed English Major of New York seems to be the anomaly along with his pet monkey Ampersand. On finding out he is the only male survivor all he wants to do is go to Australia to find his girlfriend Beth. Of course not everything is as easy as it sounds, after two months a group of women known as the Amazons go around defacing memorials to men claiming Mother Nature killed all men on purpose so women could inherit the Earth. So of course when they find out about Yorick, they call him a deformed female poisoned by his own hormones and try to kill him.Luckily he just happens to double as an amateur escape artist, which comes in handy when women either want to help him repopulate the world against his wishes, study him like a lab rat or just keep him from finding his girlfriend.So far everyone is trying to figure out what caused all the men on Earth to die. Is it about some ancient artifact hinted at being stolen or the fact that on that very same day a geneticist gave birth to a human clone? I love how its science fiction mixed with political intrigue, because Yorick's mother as a U.S. representative, is trying to help stabilize the government after some women are saying since men and all the founding fathers are dead their constitution doesn't apply anymore.While writing this I realize a lot of what I'm saying is painting women in a negative view, but I don't think that's the aim of the graphic novel. This is like a feminist dream in that all the women so far are strong. I think if the situation was the other way around men would be desperate to fix things too. Perhaps they'd miss women a lot more though. I'm really curious about what's going to happen to Yorick. I really like him, and I like that he's not taking advantage of the situation and trying to sleep with everyone. At the same time he seems rather unconscious of his situation. He's not as careful as he should be considering he could be the last man on Earth and has a responsibility to the world now. As of the first five issues all he seems to care about is finding his girlfriend instead of helping prevent the extinction of the human race. So he's a super romantic stuck in probably the worst scenario ever. Can you imagine if it was the other way around? I'd hate to be the last woman on Earth. Somehow I thought it would be easier if it was a man, but Yorick has it pretty hard.Y: The Last man has won a couple of Eisner awards including: Best Writer, Best Continuing Series, and Best Penciller/Inker Team and was nominated for the Hugo Award for best Graphic Novel in 2009. A film was in the works but is temporarily on hold.Personally I think a television series would be better. Shia LeBeouf and Zachary Levi were connected to the role and writer Brian K. Vaughan wanted Topher Grace as Yorick. This really messes things up in my head, because all I can think of is Eric Forman. If he was the last man on Earth...Earth would be doomed.
esswedl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maybe a little rushed--some plot points and post-apocalyptic scenarios are just given as standard, when they could have been fleshed out as narrative. The time-jumping narrative is greatly effective, though. Not blown away by the art, but I especially like a few of the quiet moments.
AlejandroAlarcn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with many long series, this starts spectacularly and then bogs down a little, storywise. I specially had a problem trying to sympathize with the male character, right til just before the very end. .Good ending, though; and it's good to see women looking like REAL women. (This is about the whole series)
GingerbreadMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What¿s good about this: This is a neat version of post-apocalypse, really. A strange plague wipes out all male mammals on the planet in a jiffy, leaving a global civilization that is *half* collapsed. Or, well, all male mammals except Yorrick the bigmouthed escape artist and his pet monkey. Also, the action starts right at the time all the men spew blood and just die, so you get into the action at a pretty unusual stage of things. No warlords in desert forts with homemade armour made out of traffic signs, but rather the dilemma of who is going to be president now, what do we do about congress when most of them are dead, and how do we get rid of all those cars full of dead guys blocking the highways? It¿s a world on a slope, but not even close to rock bottom yet. Interesting. It¿s also a fast-paced and pretty well-told short cuts type of story, quickly cutting between people in different parts of the world. And the artwork, while not spectacular, is crisp and effective.What¿s not so good about this: An annoying main character, who can¿t ever keep his mouth shut or refrain from challenging people doing Bad Things in a loud and juvenile way. A secret agent who says stuff like ¿My name is classified. You can call me 355.¿ A certain amount of America-centrism and even a tad bit of flag waving going on. And most of all, it steps into a lot of clichés about what an all-female world might be like. Does it come as a surprise to anyone that the bad guys are extremist feminists who¿ve read Solanas SCUM manifesto literally, call themselves Amazones and are on a holy mission (from Mother Earth of course) to hunt down and kill the last specimen of the slavers? While some other women prefer to sit and ponder dead rock stars. I just feel a lot more complexity could easily have been achieved here.So, a mixed bag of sweets this one. But in the end, I guess the pace of the story and the basic premise is good enough to make this a read above average, despite its flaws.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cool book. Witty, fun writing. Great interpolation of events after a huge change to society. Cool mysterious hook. Beautifully painted covers. Did I mention the writing was awesome?Just ordered the 2nd book from the library - Can't wait.
neo_42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the best comic series of all times. Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra turn out to be a dream team. There's action, humor, mystery, and romance in it, and the artwork is just fantastic. And yeah, it's full of geek references as the main character is into Star Trek, Star Wars, Superheroes, and the like.
msmalnick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating look at the world if all the men died...except one. (I have the first 5 but don't see the point in listing them all here.)
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a matter of minutes, a strange plague sweeps across the globe eliminating any creature with a Y chromozone. All the males in the world are gone, all except for Yorick Brown and his pet monkey. Yorick's only thought is to try to reach his girlfriend in Australia, though that plan is quickly derailed by a litany of bigger problems, not the least of which is to keep his survival a secret. In the aftermath of the death of the men, the women are left to pick up the pieces of society. Some spend their time in mourning for those they've lost. Some try to keep order by returning to the systems of government already in place. Some find new ways to earn a living in the world (including gathering the bodies of the men for collection and burning). And some women, who call themselves Amazons, choose a more radical path, claiming that the death of men is a sign and a blessing and seek to destroy any potential for returning men to the world. It's an interesting look at what would happen if the world were to suddenly be devoid of men. I appreciate the multiple and varied reactions of the women in how they handle this. Yorick, as the last man, is a main character, but not the only one. There are a handful of women in the book who are given equal weight; their journey being of equal importance to the story. Even the cultish Amazons, crazy as they seem, have legitimate and logical reasoning behind what they do. While they are not likable, per se, you can almost sympathize with them. The storyline, which is interesting in and of itself, is supported by some great artwork and a clever structure, with the plot occasionally jumping back and forth through time. The structure manages to both increase tension and allow the reader to connect more deeply with the characters as they experience the events. This is a well crafted graphic novel on all fronts, and I'm greatly looking forward to plowing through the rest of the volumes in the series.