Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2007 at 3:23 pm under Fiction, Graphic novels, Science Fiction / Fantasy

Y: The Last Man
Pia Guerra and Brian K. Vaugan

Why I liked this book: Y: The Last Man, by Pia Guerra and Brian K. Vaugan, falls neatly into my long history of loving the story that tells us what happens after the world ends. I’m a big fan of The Stand, Alas Babylon, and A Canticle for Liebowitz, also, all of which ask that same question — if we fall prey to disease by the billions, blow up the world, or, again, blow up the world, what happens next? What becomes of the survivors? Y asks those same questions, but with a different perspective. What happens when all the men die? Specifically, it looks at what happens to the government, the military, and all the industries where women are highly underrepresented, and then it asks the best question of all: Why is Yorick still alive? And what happens to the one last man mysteriously walking the earth?

Lots of stuff, is what.

This ongoing story blends the best of the serial comic with serious issues — gender issues, political issues, moral issues — to produce a gripping adventure tale, complex and endearing heroes, and thought-provoking questions and situations.

If you still think comics are just for kids, I dare you to give this one a try. (If you’re in Potsdam, Tim’s Comic and Game can hook you up, as can Amazon and other internet vendors. But support your local comic shop!)

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