Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Y: The Last Man (Vol. 1) by Brian K. Vaughan

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y last manAnother gem from Brian K. Vaughan. This series pre-dates the Saga series but is no less awesome. Totally different in story and illustration, Y: The Last Man is 10 volumes of adventure.

In this post-apocalyptic Earth, every person with a Y chromosome has died—except for Yorick Brown and his monkey friend, Ampersand. Together they must work with Agent 355 and Dr. Allison Mann to discover what happened to their world and discover a solution to save humanity.

In the first volume we discover that Yorick’s only real skill is escaping. Years of practicing upside-down in a straightjacket have finally paid off. However, his mouth often gets him and his female saviors into trouble. Agent 355 of the U.S. government’s mysterious Culper Ring organization is tasked with protecting Yorick on his journey to discover the truth. She’s a no-nonsense, butt-kicking professional who also happens to knit. All of the other characters introduced in volume one are quirky like this and it makes for a fun read. Initially, the idea that a world without men would lead to chaos offended me. I quickly got over it as it is made apparent that it’s not the women who are incompetent; it was the system that was in place before the fall that really created the chaos. The first page lists that in 2002 (the time of the plague) “495 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are now dead” and that “in the United States alone, more than 95% of all commercial pilots, truck drivers, and ship captains died as did 92% of violent felons”. Any loss of this magnitude would turn the world into a chaotic mess. Do not fret my feminists friends, this comic was not designed to attack you! I loved this first volume and look forward to reading the others.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Y: The Last Man.

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