For the past seven months I’ve jumped back into reading comics and graphic novels. I used to read them a lot when I was a teenager, but just lost interest by the mid/late 1990s. I find myself struggling to enjoy reading monthly issues and going to the comic book shop every week– or even getting them online via Comixology.
The problem I have is that I don’t like reading them month to month– it’s too little to read bit by bit. I prefer reading a story arc in a sitting or two. My taste is turning more towards graphic novels and/or completed series– just like I did when I was a teenager.
Don’t worry, this review is spoiler-free.
This is how I would sum it up:
The story is about the world where one day, all the men and animals with a Y chromosome drop dead, except for one guy, Yorick Brown. This is his journey through a world with only women in charge.
It’s got a bit of romance, science fiction, adventure, politics, action, and all around good story-telling. Each volume has 100+ pages, and I generally read about two volumes at a time. This book does involve adult content, so I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of seventeen. By movie standards, it’s R-rated.
That said, there are certain parts– or rather characters hard to believe in. Just some. It nags at my brain a bit, but I generally suspend disbelief and let it go. A few chapters does jump around a bit to the past a bit, so readers should keep in mind the numerous characters.
Here’s are links to the full set of books (paperbacks):
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland
- Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores
They are available in hardcovers too, but I just prefer softcover format because it’s lighter to carry around and read, especially in bed.
I can see this graphic novel being adapted into a TV show. Maybe HBO or Starz can pick it up? I can see this kind of story compete against True Blood or even The Walking Dead. The drama is that good.