Y: The Last Man: Motherland – A Graphic Novel Review

In case you’re not familiar with Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man, the premise is that a catastrophic plague has wiped every man on the planet but one, Yorick Brown. For an inexplicable reason, Yorick and his pet monkey, Ampersand, were spared. Now Yorick desperately wants to traverse a planet in chaos as women work to establish order once more so that he can reunite with his girlfriend. He travels with Agent 355, who has been charged with protecting Yorick, and the scientist Allison Mann, who tirelessly works to determine what made Yorick and Ampersand different from anything else with the Y chromosome.

Motherland is the ninth volume in this graphic novel series. When Y first started, it was unlike anything else I’d ever read in comic books. Action-packed with a real sense of plot and purpose, Vaughan broke barriers with every installment. However, on this volume, I feel things are starting to drag out a bit. Still an enjoyable read, but it’s definitely treading water compared to earlier volumes.

But, be that as it may, I have every faith in the world that Vaughan will regain steam as he comes to the conclusion of this series. It was understood from the get go that this was a finite title, and I really think it will be a joy to read from start to finish once it’s concluded.

For those of you unfamiliar with Brian K. Vaughan, he is a master storyteller in the world of comic books, but he’s also the guy they brought in to get the television show LOST back on track when it waned a bit last season. Did you notice a discernable improvement in LOST towards the end of last season? You can thank BKV for that.

Please realize that Y is not your mainstream comic book such as Superman or Batman. It is a comic book, yes, but it is more like the HBO of the comic book world. There is adult language at times and adult themes. However, if you’ve ever been interested in seeing sequential art at its best, give Y a try.

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4 thoughts on “Y: The Last Man: Motherland – A Graphic Novel Review

  1. izikavazo says:

    It’s true!! Mr. Vaughan did improve Lost. I wondered what changed, after he came on you can see the change to more over sci-fi storytelling. That’s pretty intersting.
    I’ve been meaning to read Y: The Last Man for a while, maybe I’ll get out there and start looking for copies now.
    The last of his graphic novel that I read was Pride of Baghdad. It was depressing, I don’t know why I expected it to end happily but I didn, and it didn’t. But it was very, very well drawn, and written.
    – izi

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  3. Hi, izi. What I noticed the most about BKV’s addition to LOST was tighter storytelling on a per episode basis. For example, while an overarching story still existed, each episode stood alone better with its own introduction, heart, and conclusion. Because comic books are serialized, it only stands to reason BKV would have expertise on that style of storytelling.

  4. izikavazo says:

    Very true, great observation. It’s definitely true.
    You post got me thinking about the other Lost writer, and I was thinking about doing a series of posts on my blog about the Lost writers. Hopefully I’ll be able to see which writers I like and which ones are focused on which storylines. It’ll also give those writers some attention that they really deserve.
    Maybe I’ll start that in November…
    – izi

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