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Review: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t think I can say it any better than the quote from Stephen King on the cover: “The best graphic novel I’ve ever read.” There were some points where I was tempted to set the series aside, but I am very glad that I worked past the sluggish points and kept reading. The writing kept improving as the story moved on, and dealt with some very difficult issues with a deft hand. This was a very good series, and the final volume was the perfect culmination of the entire series. Definitely worth the read.

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Review: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not bad. The writing is getting smoother and the story gets more and more believable. I only wish I already had the next volume ready at hand rather than waiting to be picked up at the library.

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Review: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This volume took an interesting new twist, especially at the end where we ventured away from the primary cast of characters. The story continues to be enjoyable and reliable in the quality of what is being presented. I am definitely going to continue reading this series to see where it goes from here.

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Review: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first volume sold me on trying the next volume. This second volume sold me on the series. If the writer can keep up with this level of plot development and character development then it will have been a very worthwhile read. This book really gave us a deeper look at the various driving characters of the series, and really did some fantastic character development work. The overall plot line continues to evolve and develop, giving us a look not just at the characters and how they deal with their environment, but a deeper look at the environment and world around them. Seeing how people adapt to a global catastrophe is a very interesting thought experiment, and the writer is handling it rather well. I am definitely looking forward to reading more in the series, and I can only hope that the writing stays at this level or improves.

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Review: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to think of this story going into it. After all, I grew up with some post-apocalyptic movies from the 60’s and 70’s about the last man left alive on Earth so in a way I rather anticipated more of the same. Still, it was worth giving a shot, especially since the series had won some awards, so I gave it a shot and I am glad that I did.

The writing style isn’t full of shock and awe, and it isn’t something that is going to knock you down with awesomeness, but it is solid writing, well thought out, with bits of humor and human insight scattered throughout. The author takes an interesting look at the human thought process and examines the scenario in a new way giving the story concept itself a breath of fresh air. The story also tackles some difficult social ideas and issues appropriate for the time it was written, and while not solving them it does give them some air time to see how the characters react.

All in all an interesting read that has me wanting to see more of the story, so I have added additional volumes to my hold list at the library. We shall see how the story evolves.

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