>> Friday, January 17, 2014
Y: The Last Man Vol 7: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan
Genre: Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)
Series: #7 in the Y: The Last Man series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2006
The Short Version:
The last man to survive a sudden plague that killed all the male mammals on Earth is still trying to find out why.
Why I Read It:
I’m enjoying this series and have to continue to find out what happens. Besides, I’m pretty much predisposed to like anything Brian K. Vaughan writes.
This volume 7 is a compilation of issues 37-42 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, has finally reached the country where his fiancée Beth has been stranded since the male-killing plague struck more than three years ago. Unfortunately, the visit is just a stopover - the trail that has led Yorick and his companions (government operative Agent 355 and biochemist Dr. Allison Mann) to the shores of Australia continues on to Japan, where Yorick's pet monkey Ampersand - the only other male mammal to survive the plague, and the possible key to its cure - has been taken.
Before pursuing Ampersand north, however, Yorick has a brief window of time to find Beth in the remains of Sydney. But his search also provides a chance at the story of a lifetime for one muckraking journalist - a story whose consequences may be graver than anyone could guess.
This series has been either great or just OK for me so far. For me, this volume had it’s good points and bad points. Finally Yorick gets to Australia and while only a stopover on their way to Japan he’s determined to find Beth. Of course since it’s Yorick it doesn’t go well.
There are multiple story lines that are touched on in this volume and with only 3 left I expect them to start spiraling together but it does make up for some choppiness in the flow.
I did like the sections that went into the background stories of both Agent 355 and Ampersand the monkey. It was good to learn more about their histories.
Dr. Mann and her story in this one was where I was surprised. I’m curious to see where the next volume will take this.
There were also some surprises involving Yorick’s sister and characters from previous volumes.
I’m expecting this pace to pick up and continue to spiral toward the conclusion over the next three volumes.
I may have to binge read the last three volumes of this series