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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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Review: Runaways, Vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland

Runaways, Vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland
Runaways, Vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Still nothing to blow my socks off with, but it is also still stable, solid writing. That is enough to keep me reading, at least for now.

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Review: Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy

Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy
Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This certainly wasn’t a “blow my socks off” type of book, but it provides an interesting storyline that is actually rather well written. I can’t say that I can recall anyone ever taking the approach of the children of a group of super villains ever finding out and cutting out on their own before, so this is a semi-original take on an idea for an origin story. The writing was a bit immature, but when you consider that the target audience for this series is likely the tween/teen readership then the writing might seem a bit more intentionally scaled back to the target audience. The artwork and writing were nicely clean in style without much in the way of artistic flourishes.

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