Short Comic Review: Y, The Last Man (Dan’s version)

On the one hand, I’m kind of glad that I waited until this series was finished before reading it—my memory for plot details is patchy at best, and if I’d had to read this parceled out over six years, I have no doubt I would have had even more trouble keeping track of the hordes of minor characters and intrigues than I did. At the same time, I wonder if I would have felt even more of an emotional impact at the end if I’d undergone the journey over a period of years rather than a couple weeks. But I digress. Vaughan is an excellent writer: his dialogue is tuned and sharp and his characters are all too human; I really like Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan’s art (which is saying something, since I often spend far less time on visuals than I do on words). I didn’t get the same feeling of de-emphasis on the cause of the plague that killed the world’s men that [Jason did](http://doombot.com/2008/06/30/short-comic-review-y-the-last-man/), but perhaps that was just given the short period in which I read it. I agree with him, however, that this is the type of story I love to see told in serial medium like comics and TV: stories that are plotted from a beginning *to an end*.

(I see from [the Wikipedia entry](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y:_The_Last_Man) (which contains spoilers) that a film is planned to shoot this fall and come out next year, based on a draft by Vaughan (rewritten by the film’s director, D.J. Caruso). There is a rumor that Shia LaBeouf (*Transformers*,*Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull*) will play Yorick—all I have to say to that is: “Monkeys…why’d it have to be *monkeys*?”)