Released: May 9th 2007
Y: The Last Man Vol. 9 is the second to last volume in the series. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about being that close to the end. I’ve been very much looking forward to getting an explanation for everything that happened…but I’m not sure I’m ready for it either. On the bright side it looks like it’s going to be the same creative team throughout the entire series, which is fantastic news; nothing worse than having a major change right at the finish line.
Volume nine was pretty busy, which makes sense considering how much ground there’s left to cover. We learn more about Doctor Mann and her backstory, as well as more about her father (talk about a character you love to hate!), Rose, 355, and Yorick all have their moments too, which is appreciated. We also get an update on a few of the extra characters introduced in earlier volumes, like the acting troop and the ex-supermodel.
There was a lot of information dumped in this volume, but I think it’s really important to note that most of the information provided from characters isn’t actually verified…and therefore is only a theory on their part. That means their idea of what caused the plague may not actually be correct, but more on that later.
I won’t ruin all of the surprises for the series, I know it’s on the older side but I’d still prefer to avoid any major spoilers. I will say that I believe Dr. Mann’s father is full of crap. Sure, he was without a doubt a horrible person and an even worse father (which trust me, that’s saying something), and maybe he was involved in the creation of the plague that killed all (well, most) of the men. But I don’t think so. I think he came up with that crazy theory to put himself at the epicenter of it all. To make him bigger in the story than he actually was. The only thing I think is the truth is that he did accidentally create the serum causing immunity. I mean, clearly he survived, which can’t be a coincidence (plus the whole story with Ampersand). I’m wondering if maybe that serum mutated and caused the mass die-off? Though that still sounds like much perhaps…but then again talk about coincidences for him creating a serum to prevent it…I don’t know. I think we’re still missing a huge chunk of the puzzle, and without it we’ll never have any real answers.
I will say that no matter his part in the gendercide, I absolutely loathe the man. He’s a (well was) a selfish prick that put his research and personal reputation in front of everything else, including his wife and daughter. He never once questions what he was doing was right. If he wanted to do it, he did it, end of story. He didn’t want his wife, so he had an affair and rubbed it in his wife’s nose. He thought he raised Allison wrong, she he decided to try again (without her consent, mind you). He sabotaged Dr. Mann’s works so he could get the win. He’s a horrible person, and there’s no way he’d ever be considered father of the year, even if he was the last man on earth (that joke feels more relevant now than ever before).
Now that I’ve ranted about the jerk enough, what else is there to cover? Yorick is still desperately trying to find Beth; which isn’t really surprising. I still don’t anticipate that journey going well. Something will either happen to one or both of them, or they’ll simply find out they’re no longer the person the other fell in love with. Something will happen. I’m not going to pretend I’m not worried about it, but I also don’t really expect a happy ending for that relationship.
I’m also convinced that while we’re near the end and almost everyone is alive at this point – I don’t expect everyone to make it to the finale. Not in the world Vaughn has created for us (not to mention Vaughn isn’t exactly known for his overly joyous plots). I guess I’ll have to suck it up and read the tenth volume to see what happens and who survives it…