Sunday, June 26, 2011

Y: The Last Man

   Today I'm going to do a classic comic critique on one of my personal favorites: Y:The Last Man(henceforth to be referred to as YTLM). Set in the present day, YTLM focuses on a man in his 20s named Yorick Brown. Simply put, Yorick is the last man on earth. Due to reasons I won't spoil for the rest of you, every male creature on the planet died suddenly save for Yorick and his monkey ampersand(&). Y and & team up with 355, and agent of the Culper ring, a secret spy organization the reports directly to the president, and Dr. Mann, one of the planets leading biologists in order to protect and study Yorick. Yorick, not being content with living a secluded protected life, journeys to find his girlfriend Beth, who was in the Australian outback at the time of the event.

   YTLM is in my opinion one of the greatest comics of all time. The story and characterization are superb. All of the characters manage to always feel "real." They act realistically, and they are what propel the story, instead of the characters bending to serve the plot like what happens all too often in modern comics, televison, etc. The dialogue is interesting and always fitting to the characters, after a while, you could probably read just the bubbles and know who is saying what line. The story also takes place over 10 years and 60 issues, giving time for substantial character growth.

   The art, however, is..adequate. I'm not criticizing it at all, but it's simply nothing spectacular. It fills it's role perfectly, but this is simply not a graphics driven story. The most important function the art serves is showing us the post male world. I know many may thing the world would function alright without men, and yes, women are perfectly capable of running the show. But to simply remove all men in an instant, most politicians and CEOs in the blink of an eye, you can understand how the world breaks down. This is why YTLM excels as a comic not a novel. A novel would require descriptions and visualization of this altered world, whereas a comic can simply show you, panel to panel as the story progresses.

   So, in closing, read this comic. I give it my highest recommendation.

13 comments:

  1. This sounds really interesting, I might have to give it a read!

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  2. Sounds crazy, I'll have to check it out.

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  3. Never heard of it before, will definately keep an eye out now.

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  4. The final issue was really sad. I really loved this series though. I agree, highly recommended.

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  5. I really need to get around to reading this

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  6. I've never heard of it either. Maybe because I'm not up to current comics, but this might just make me go out and check em out.

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  7. Gonna check it out, digging the articulation and detail on your reviews broseph keep it up!

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  8. I'll check this out for sure! thx for the post :)

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  9. Never heard of this one yet!

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  10. If you guys end up liking this, I'll be trying to post one classic comic critique a week to show you guys some good old stuff.

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