This book is the first volume of the collection of Y: The Last Man comic books. In this set we learn that some mysterious and possibly ooky thing has eliminated all of chromosomally male creatures on earth (humans, monkeys, chinchillas, whatever), except for one human, Yorick, and his monkey, Ampersand. Yorick has no idea why he’s still alive, but he’s more worried about finding his girlfriend slash possible fiancée than pretty much anything else.
Of course, there are other players in this new world — at the beginning of the comic we are introduced to a woman with an amulet that too many people want to get their hands on, an Israeli army officer who gets a quick promotion after all the dying, a scientist with a cloned fetus that dies during birth (the fetus, not the scientist), a secret agent known only as 355, a group of “Amazons” who cut off their breasts and fight with bows and arrows and generally want to kill men and also women who don’t follow their path, and a majority Democratic government under siege by the wives of the Republican congressmen who died.
There is a lot of stuff going on here, and I am intrigued to see how it plays out in the future, but I’m not terribly thrilled with the characters or the storyline thus far, probably because everything is in big-time Exposition Mode. I think I’ll give the next volume a chance and see what happens.
Recommendation: Good for fans of apocalyptic and other generally problem-ridden universes, and those with an eye for pop-culture references.
Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.