Y: The Last Man #35


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Y: The Last Man #35


  • Words: Brian K. Vaughan
  • Art: Goran Sudzuka
  • Inks: Jose Marzan Jr.
  • Colors: Zylonol
  • Story Title: Girl on Girl: Conclusion
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jul 7, 2005

The last man on Earth takes to troubled waters as "Girl on Girl" reaches its finale.

After reading this issue, I took a little time to reflect upon Y: The Last Man as an entire story and why it appeals to so many. I’m not sure how thoroughly I can cover anyone else’s feelings on the topic, but I came to some new realizations for my own.

First and probably foremost is the central character, Yorick Brown. Yorick holds the qualities of an everyman. He is witty and charming and sometimes awkward. He is caring and noble, often to a near perilous fault. He questions his role in the end days of a world gone mad, and though he falters from time to time, he always bounces right back. And there’s the obvious: Yorick is, by no fault of his own (and not counting his missing pet monkey, Ampersand), a loner. Though a large contingent of Y’s readership is male, I suspect that even the ladies of the audience can identify with the one character that maintains the moral center of this epic story.

There is also the issue of historical role reversal, though this is an extreme case, where the women run the show and the men (man) have to sit and watch and let it play out. The women are making the decisions here, but the man is the key to their future. It is but one of the many interesting details creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra have placed before us. When thinking of it that way, the reader can see the depths and meanings behind this massive story. And that is just the beginning.

After thirty-five issues, we can pretty much gather what the plot has in store. That’s not to say this story is predicable at all, but we are aware of the journey in store for the central characters, and we’re happy to go wherever they may take us. But the primary draw at this stage of the story is that Vaughan brings interesting characters to this book on an almost monthly basis. Whether they are Amazon women who see the death of all men as some sort of righteous sign, women of a Midwestern town who are reforming ex-convicts in this new world, crazy extremists or lady pirates, these characters bring something new to the book. No matter their background, the characters always strike me as genuine based solely on their dialogue and actions. Giving a character his/her own voice is one of Vaughan’s strongest qualities as a writer, and this is the title where he perhaps displays that quality the best.

Pia Guerra takes a break every so often from penciling Y: The Last Man. Usually that would bother me to no end, but whoever is making the decisions on who gets to be the fill-in artist should get a raise. Goran Sudzuka has his own style, and that mostly shows up in the softer features of charaters’ faces, but other than that his art could almost be mistaken for Guerra’s. That is always a good thing, and it might have something to do with Marzan’s inks and Zylonol’s earthy color palette having been a part of this book for such a long time.

It is difficult to say whether there is a finer monthly comic being published today than Y: The Last Man. There are a select few others that I place on a pedestal with it (Vaughan’s Ex Machina being one), but none of the others have such a variety of worthwhile themes being presented in them. If you haven’t tried this title yet, the fifth trade paperback hits stores this month. It is always easier on the conscience and the wallet to not know what you are missing. But if this title is one of those things, it’s just a shame.

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