Friday, September 03, 2004

One; it really is the loneliest number

And that's how many reviews I have for you. One. Sorry folks, it's been a long day, but at least it's a good one!

Y, the Last Man #26 $2.95 (DC/Vertigo)

Creative Team: Brian K. Vaugh, Pia Guerra, with inks by Jose Marzan, Jr., color by Zylonol, and letters by Clem Robbins

What's it about? It's every man's fantasy turned into a complete and total nightmare. Yorick and his pet monkey, Ampersand, are the last serviving males on the entire planet, and along with a mysterios government agent, and a doctor who thinks she can find out what went wrong, they make their way across country, in the hopes of finding some answers.

This issue: This month we get a tale about Yorick's sister, and one time would-be assassin, Hero. While the pieces seem random at first, once we get into the tale, Vaughn begins to sow them together nicely. We getglimpses of her childhood, her reaction to the plague, her reunion with her mother, her first meeting with the Amazon's, her first sexual experiance, her deprogramming, and her glimpse at the first male born into this new world.

Why you should be reading it: Because for over two years now it has been one of the best damn books on the shelves. Honestly, it was so good when I picked up the first issue, I thought it would surely be cancelled inside of a year. Things like this don't often last, but here we are, 25 issues later, and still going strong. The story has moved a bit slow at times, but it's so well written that it's usually not a bother. And if Vaughn lacks anything in his writing skill (he doesn't) Guerra certainly makes up for it with the art. Not only is this one of the best written books on the shelf, it's also one of the most beautiful. This is the most consistent book being published today, well, most consistently excellent, I believe some X-Book has the current lock on consistently bad. This is something everyone should be reading. Well, not the kids. Buy this book and keep it going for another two years.


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