Thursday, May 24, 2018

Horse Head Reads...Dig and Flip - "Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned"

Graphic Novel Find
"Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned"

(Last fall, I stumbled upon a good sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count yet, as I'm just pulling from the box when I find time to read one.  Afterward, I'll post the book and go from there.)

"Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned"
by Brian K. Vaughan --  Pia Guerra &  José Marzán Jr. (Illustrator)
2002 by VERTIGO
127 pages
(includes issues #1–5 of the original series)

No Spoilers:
All the male species (Y chromosome) on earth is wiped out by a strange virus -- except for one semi-goofy dude and his pet monkey.  A female secret agent bodyguard is assigned to protect this lone male and see he arrives safely at an unknown location.

Meanwhile, a blood-thirsty female gang called the Amazons want to snag him for their own personal gains.  As do various other political groups.

"Y: The Last Man" (inside)

I set this particular graphic novel aside several times before deciding to pull the trigger.  I held back because...based on the cover... I thought "the only man alive" idea was going to be played for cheap laughs.  But as the pages unfold, it becomes quite obvious darker things are afoot.

Don't misunderstand, however.  There are a few smile-makers along the way in this adventure, but the story is going for something a bit bigger.  This is graphic novel #1 in a 10 part series.

"Why Me" - Planet P Project / "Planet P Project" (1983)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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