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Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

Illustrator: Pia Guerra

Publisher: Vertigo

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 (tpb), cover, Vertigo, Vaughan/Guerra


The first of a 10-volume epic that follows the last living male after every other mammal on Earth with a Y chromosome dies.

It’s kind of like Children of Men meets The Leftovers or The Stand.


(Minor Spoilers)

The book opens with the death of all the male mammals so, like the media mentioned above, the whole rest of the story explores the fallout that such an event might have on the survivors.

The narrative follows Yorick, the only male who survived, as he tries to cross the globe to find his girlfriend and propose to her. Other characters in this ensemble cast are motivated by different reasons, whether it’s protecting Yorick, finding a reason or cure for the plague, or just trying to survive and pick up the pieces of their past lives.

This first volume shows the beginning of Yorick’s long journey and sows the seeds of many large plot events in the future.


  • The story feels charged with potential energy, like the first season of a promising TV series

  • Speaking of TV series, FX announced recently that it’ll be releasing a pilot for a series based on this story

  • OK, sure, the whole thing is based on a well-off white male character, but the rest of the characters feel real and whole and nuanced, representing women who are straight, or in the LGBTQIA+ community, or from other countries, which is great

  • It’s fascinating watching how different people react to the plague

  • The art feels very realistic, almost like a comic book version of a TV show or movie


  • I feel like the book affected me more (or maybe differently?) when I was a lonely, single yeti than when I read it years later as a married yeti with different priorities

  • Nudity, violence and adult language and themes means this book should be for more mature readers

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 (tpb), page 5, Vertigo, Vaughan/Guerra


Oh, man. It’s such a classic. Like, it’s so good, I actually saw it on a banned comics list at some point. Read the whole series. Then, read it again. It’s such an interesting, epic, post-apocalyptic, sociological character study.


If you like the writing:

  • Runaways, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona & Takeshi Miyazawa

  • Sweet Tooth, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

  • Old Man Logan by Mark Millar & Steve McNiven

If you like the art:

  • Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra

  • Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1 by Chris Dingess & Matthew Roberts

  • Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons


Brian K. Vaughan – Writer

  • Name Recognition: One of the most talented and celebrated writers in the industry

  • Award Winner: Has won a truly incredible amount of awards for his other comics

  • Was a writer & producer on LOST and Under the Dome

Pia Guerra – Pencils

  • Originally wanted to go into Medicine

  • Has also worked on some Spider-Man and Doctor Who comics

  • Posts political cartoons on her Twitter

José Marzán, Jr. – Inks

  • Has worked in comics for decades

  • Inked comics for some of the biggest writers and pencillers in the industry

Pamela Rambo – Colors

  • Has worked on huge comics classic titles, like Star Wars and Preacher

  • Most of her work has been for DC and Dark Horse Comics

Clem Robins – Letters

  • Prolific: Has lettered hundreds of issues over his 40+ years in the industry

  • Multitalented: His drawings and paintings are shown in collections and museums all over the country

  • Has also done TV courtroom drawings for over 35 years


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