Y: The Last Man gets the Absolute Edition treatment – is it worth $ 125?
Brian K. Vaughan’s accolades are numerous. He was entered in the credits of the hit film Doctor Strange, based on one of his books. He created Saga, one of the most popular and discussed comics currently. And he confused viewers with his work on the TV show Lost. But before all that he wrote Y: The last man, a tasty little comic that has become a favorite of many comic book lovers.
Published from 2002 to 2008, Yes tells the story of a world where every mammal with a Y chromosome dies at the exact same second – except for a young man named Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Over the course of its 60 issues, the reader follows Yorick through a civilization that has collapsed and is being rebuilt as he attempts to find out what caused the incident – and why he survived. Yorick travels a planet where he is both the most wanted alive and the most hated entity – one cult believes that women were meant to rule the world, and when they find out that there is always a man living among them, they are trying to hunt him down and kill him.
The tale is epic in scope and mixes science fiction, adventure, fantasy and romance. On the surface, Y: The last man sounds like the story of a boy traveling through a torn land, pursued by secret societies, hunted by maniacal marauders, and wanted and pushed by scientists. But as the world crumbles around Yorick, it becomes apparent that he’s just an ordinary kid stuck in a huge mess; he just wants to reconnect with those he has loved and lost. His dynamism and tenacity are seamlessly integrated with the carnage that occurs on every page – while the scenes that unfold are huge and explosive, you find yourself in a relationship with Yorick.
The highest accolade given to a DC comic is Absolute Edition, an archival series that collects books in huge hardcover volumes filled with all kinds of behind-the-scenes bonuses. It’s a treat for cold classics like Alan Moore’s Guardians, By Garth Ennis Preacher, and Neil Gaiman’s Sand seller; last year DC added Y: The last man to the list, with the second of three volumes recently arriving in stores.
The reprint is magnificent. One of Y: The last man ‘The greatest achievements of s are the work of Pia Guerra – bold, crisp and powerful, its simplicity leaves nothing to the imagination and its clarity induces a strong emotional impact. Sometimes comic book illustrations can look confusing, especially in stories like Y: The last man, where there is a lot going on. But there are no unnecessary details, so there is never any confusion over how the characters feel. Seeing Guerra’s panels on the 15-inch pages of the Absolute Edition is almost like reading the series for the first time, and it’s an ideal format to admire his magnificent designs.
So, are the books worth their price of $ 125? This series comes with a little less extra material than most Absolute editions – just the standard concept sketches and script samples that appear at the end of most trades – but the thought of these beauties on my bookshelf me almost makes you cry. If you like Y: The last man, save your money – you will never be able to view these pages otherwise after viewing them.
Y: The Last Man (Absolute Edition) By Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra (Vertigo); volume three will be released on 07/04/17.