Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Atomic Comic Collection Connection

Y: The Last Man
Volume 1: Unmanned
by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

This is the first trade paperback collection of the series.

For reasons unknown, every man on earth dropped dead simultaneously, except for Yorick Brown. Every male animal on earth dropped dead too, except for Yorick's monkey, Ampersand. All the women survive, which sounds like a classic male fantasy, but it doesn't work out that way at all.

Aside from Yorick, the story follows 355, an agent for a secret government organization assigned to protect Yorick, Hero, Yorick's sister who took the loss of the men especially hard (as in, she goes kinda nuts), and Alison Mann, a geneticist who might be able to figure out why Yorick survived.

The art is pretty simple in this one, with a sort of dry color scheme, but it fits well with the post-apocalyptic setting. If you're looking for pretty shiny pictures though, this is not the book for you. However, if you're looking for interesting stories, solid dialogue, and good characters, it's a winner.

I mention this one today, not just cause I bought and read it recently, but also because creator Brian K. Vaughan joined the writing staff at Lost for the second half of this season, which premieres tonight.

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