>> Friday, September 27, 2013
Y: The Last Man Vol 5: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan
Series: #5 in the Y: The Last Man series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2005
The Short Version:
Two years after a sudden plague killed every male mammal except one young man and his pet capuchin monkey, he and his friends are still trying to find out why and stay alive long enough to do so.
Why I Read It:
This series has had its ups and downs but it’s picking up again and I’m in it for the long haul at this point.
This volume 5 is a compilation of issues 24-31 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
It's been nearly two years since Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, set out to cross North America with his pet monkey Ampersand [the only other male mammal left alive after the plague of 2002 killed everything on the planet with a Y chromosome]. Now Yorick and his companions - government Agent 355 and bioengineer Dr. Allison Mann - have finally reached Dr. Mann's laboratory in San Francisco, where she can begin trying to unravel the secret of Yorick and Ampersand's survival.
After months of constant travel, staying in one place is a blessed relief - and also a chance for the various pursuers stalking the trio to finally catch up with them. But while Yorick's band can confront these newly arriving threats head-on, it's the danger they cannot see which may mean the end for the last man - and with him any hope for mankind's future.
As I mentioned this series has had it’s ups and downs but the previous volume and this one have really advanced the story and also filled in some missing information.
I was happy to see the section that recapped what Yorick’s sister Hero has been up to and been through since she was last seen apparently brainwashed by the whacked out Daughters of the Amazon freaks.
It was also good to have the mysterious ninja reappear. I still don’t quite understand who she is and who she works for but it’s definitely got me intrigued.
The story is getting more and more interesting as the series goes on. Some of the seemingly random things from previous volumes are starting to come together. I’m still curious to find out what’s up with Yorick’s girlfriend Beth who we last saw two years ago in Australia.
The artwork in this series is good but rather average. I’m ok with it though because it’s been mostly consistent.
I’ve already requested the next volume from the library because I just have to find out what happens next.