Y: The Last Man
Over the holidays, I re-read a comic series called Y: The Last Man (warning: spoilers). Ben was the one who recommended the series to me, and I’m glad he did (he also bought me several of the later volumes as a gift).
Here’s a summary, from the back of the first volume:
Now, aided by the mysterious Agent 355, the last human male Yorick Brown must content with dangerous extremists, a hoped-for reunion with a girlfriend on the other side of teh globe, and the search for exactly why he’s the only man to survive.
He is protected by a member of the Culper Ring, known only as “Agent 355.” The two of them travel (with Yorick in disguise) along with Dr. Allison Mann, who is a geneticist and expert on cloning. The three of them journey from the east coast to a lab in California, where they ultimately hope to create/clone more male humans.
Despite his companions and their attempts to keep him safe, not everyone who learns about Yorick is happy. There are a host of other forces that set their sights on Yorick, and who would use him for either political or ideological gain.
I found myself blowing through pages really quickly. In part, I was re-reading… but I found both the dialogue and story just really compelling. I really like buying comics in this way: multiple bound volumes, so that I can read as much as I want as quickly as I want. Whenever I finished one volume, I could immediately begin with the next.
I keep thinking this comic would make a pretty good movie. And I guess I’m not the only one who thinks this.
If you’re interested by this quick summary, I highly recommend picking up the first volume and checking it out. Although if you do, be prepared to visit your local comic book store to pick up the following volumes.