A male amateur escape artist called Yorick Brown and his male monkey Ampersand become the last males on the earth in the first issue of the Vertigo comic book called Y-The Last Man. Every single Y Chromosome is killed off including eggs, sperm and all other Y Chromosome animals.
Y-The Last Man was written by popular comic book writer Brian K Vaughan who has written many of my favourite comic books including the Runaways and the recently released series Saga (a Romeo and Juliet story in a Star Wars type world) and even went on to write Lost. I used to get even more excited when his name popped up in the titles.
(Screen captured from episode 6 of the fifth season of LOST. Hurley “Hugo” Reyes is reading a spanish trade paperback of Y - The Last Man.)
Y-The Last Man was the first non superhero book I had picked up mainly because there was a lot of hype surrounding the first issue and I didn’t regret picking it up.
The series lasted a total of 60 issues and had a fairly nice conclusion which wrapped up the story which was I liked as a lot of superhero books run for years – Superman I’m looking at you! So they have no end in sight.
This title shows how humans could possibly react after such a big event and how important one man is to a world of women. The two big mysteries in the comic were:
- How did Yorrick Brown and Ampersand survive?
- Why did this happen in the first place?
The story is driven around protecting Yorrick and saving humanity via Yorrick and along on the journey is Agent 355 and cloning expert Dr. Allison Mann.
I have heard rumour for years of a television series and movie although one movie couldn’t do this justice. If these do ever come out then you can put my name down. I have introduced quite a lot of my friends to this comic over the years and some hated comics and they have all loved it. I dare you to pick up to the first graphic novel and not enjoy it.
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