Released: July 1st 2008
I can’t believe it, but I’m finally on the last volume of Y: The Last Man. It’s always weird and sad when I reach the end of a series (especially after getting to binge read my way through it). I’m not really sure what I should read next; I would love to read more by Vaughn, but at the same time I sort of feel like my heart could use a break from his writing style.
During its run Y: the Last Man has received plenty of attention and acclaim. It received three Eisner Awards (for Best Continuing series) and was nominated for a Hugo Award (for Best Graphic Story – I don’t know who it was up against, but I sort of feel like Y should have won!).
Before I get onto my actual review I’d like to take a minute to talk about potential adaptations into movies or TV shows. This tends to happen with more popular series (though probably to a lesser degree in graphic novels – especially ones that aren’t published by DC or Marvel). It looks like a lot of consideration had been put into turning Y into a movie, but the attempt eventually died. However, there’s been discussion and movement towards a show as recently as 2016. I’m worried it’s going to fall into TV show limbo, like so many other good shows. I guess I’ll have to wait and see?
Wow, so I’m finally here at the end of the series. It’s a bitter sweet feeling. It always is, when it comes time to say goodbye to a series (especially one as long running as Y). But more than that this series has been such an emotional roller coaster; I knew from the beginning I wasn’t going to get a ‘happily ever after’ sort of ending, and I thought I had emotionally prepared myself for that. I only sort of succeeded. But then again I stink at letting go of series anyway, so don’t let my emotions scare you off.
I’m sure we could theorize and argue all day about what actually happen to cause all the men to die off. In the course of the series (especially the last couple of volumes) multiple theories and causes have been posited to us. I’m personally not convinced any of them are correct. Sure, they could be partially correct, but at this point in time there’s no way to see the bigger picture well enough to be certain of anything. And I actually prefer that. I don’t think any definitive answer given would have been believable enough, which would have left the series in a sour ending for me.
I know many might disagree with me here, but I honestly would prefer to never have an answer than be given a lame or unbelievable one. So I’m content with the ‘answer’ provided to us. I think the more important thing at this point is the focus on the future. Knowing what happened won’t bring the men back, but furthering research in cloning will help the species (as well as animal species) continue. Granted, it’ll be a different human race than the one we know, but isn’t that better than nothing?
I’m not going to lie to you; there were parts of the ending that made me cry like a little baby. I don’t think this will be the case for everyone (there’s one particular event that occurred that I’m always more sensitive and reactive to – so it’s no surprise it tore me up), but it is something you should be aware of. Then again, if you’re reading a series by Brian K. Vaughn you probably already know you’re in for an emotional ride.
I’m happy I ended up giving this series a try, and even ended up making my way through it. It’s absolutely a classic, and one that I wish more people would read (I say that not because it lacks reviews or attention, but because almost nobody I know has read the series – meaning I’ve been limited in my emotional venting about the series). Here’s where I’d typically say I’m going to follow the author from here on out, but the truth is I’ve been doing that for a while. I’m up to date in two of his recent series, and that’s actually the reason I went back to try this one. So if you’re a fan of any of his other works I’d suggest considering it, especially if you were happy with this one.