Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Reader's Diary #1251- Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr (Artists): Y The Last Man / Unmanned

I firmly believe that any gender should be able to write fiction from the perspective of another gender. That said, I'm not sure that Brian K. Vaughan was necessarily the greatest person to take on Y The Last Man.

The premise is great. It's the follow up that's the issue. Y involves a man named Yorrick and his male monkey. These are the last 2 mammals on Earth with a Y chromosome, after all the rest become suddenly and inexplicably sick and die. There's potential here for some great discourse on gender and gender roles.

But Vaughan (and keep in mind I still consider myself a fan), sometimes has a tendency to go for shock, or at the very least, to go for edgy. The result in this book is that some very serious are not handled with as much insight and sensitivity as perhaps they should be and the results are often cringe-worthy. The worst offender is a group known as the Amazons who are over-the-top militant feminists. They cut off a breast to pledge allegiance.

One thing I don't understand as off yet, and perhaps it gets explained in latter issues, is why many are trying to clone Yorrick. The fact that it's him and his monkey, not him and his father, who survive suggests Yorrick's immunity isn't genetic at all. I'd have been checking the chemical makeup of the paint in Yorrick's apartment.

The art, by Canadian Pia Guerra, is generic superhero stuff. Odd since it's not a superhero tale. Disappointing as it also doesn't do the themes justice.

1 comment:

Angela's Anxious Life said...

This is a series I've been meaning to make time for. I love Saga so I really need to push this up on my TBR pile!