Y The Last Man Volume 9 Motherland TP Brian K Vaughan Pia Guerra 1stP Vertigo TV


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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland Paperback
by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Pia Guerra (Illustrator)

Featured in NY TIMES and on NPR, Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey, Ampersand, and the mysterious Agent 355, Yorick embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his long-lost girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on earth.

This volume of the critically acclaimed series features Yorick and Agent 355 preparing for their ultimate quest to reunite the last man with his lost love, while the person, people or thing behind the disaster that wiped out half of humanity is revealed!

The latest adventures of Yorick Brown, last man on earth, consist of one standoff after another. Yorick stands off girlfriend Beth–in his dreams. Then Yorick’s sister, Hero, and the only baby boy on earth stand off a gang of amazon archers. Then Yorick’s guard, agent 355, stands off the mysterious ninja who has been hot on Yorick’s heels all along. Then geneticist Alison Mann, Yorick’s personal researcher, stands off her father over Yorick. (Her father? Yorick’s not the only last man?) In the end, Yorick’s off to Paris and, he hopes, Beth. A terrific, tangential flashback story rounds out the volume.

Collects Y: The Last Man #49-54.

Publisher Vertigo
Paperback 144 pages
ISBN-13 978-1401213510
Weight 7.5 ounces
Dimensions 6.63 x 0.33 x 10.16 inches

Brian K. Vaughan’s compulsively addictive series is wheeling to a close, and when reading Motherland, the ninth collected volume of the series, this becomes all the more apparent. Things come to a head as Yorick, his pet monkey Ampersand, Agent 355, Dr. Mann, and Rose search for Dr. Mann’s kidnapped mother, and learn that Yorick indeed is not the last man on earth. More secrets of the plague that wiped out the men are revealed as everyone makes more shocking discoveries, and 355 and the ninja named Toyota face off in a fight that one of which won’t walk away from. In the meantime, Yorick’s girlfriend Beth awaits him in France, while his other Beth and sister Hero are on the run. There is also a one-shot devoted to the super-model turned garbage girl that Yorick had a run in with way back in the first volume, which is interesting as well.

While it’s clear that the series is headed towards a close, Vaughan doesn’t rush through things and keeps the book well paced. Co-creator Pia Guerra offers the same brand of artwork that you’d come to expect by now, so take it or leave it. All in all though, Motherland is another excellent volume in the Y: The Last Man series, and here’s hoping the end is as great as the whole.


Near mint, 1st print. Collects Y the Last Man 49-54. More pictures in description.