Y: The Last Man Vol 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan
Genre: Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)
Series: #3 in the Y: The Last Man series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2003
The Short Version:
The only surviving male after a sudden plague is on the run with a bodyguard and a scientist who is trying to find out what happened and why he is still alive before some crazies kill him.
Why I Read It:
I enjoyed the first two volumes and at this point I need to keep going to find out what happens next.
This volume 3 is a compilation of issues 11-17 of the comic series.
From the Publisher:
Yorick Brown, the only human male to survive a global sex-specific plague, may not be unique for much longer. As he makes his way across the remains of America (together with a secret government agent, a cloning specialist, and the only other male mammal to survive, Ampersand the monkey), the last man on Earth is about to have an unexpected visitation from above. Three astronauts are descending from the exhausted International Space Station, and two of them are men.
With Yorick still under the protection of the mysterious Agent 355 and on the way to California to get to Dr. Mann’s lab and data, the story continues to become more complex.
Will the space station astronauts survive? In an amazing coincidence our intrepid travelers just happen to be near a secret government decontamination facility close to where the capsule will land. Converging on that same location are the Israeli soldiers who have been tracking Yorick.
When several of the storylines converge there is the expected clash of both weapons and wit. Some this works well and some of seems pretty forced.
This one was a bit more choppy than the previous two volumes but perhaps that was necessary to expand the cast and scope of the story. Some new characters are introduced and at least one simply shows up with no background explanation (ninja?).
Yorick continues to be a bit of an annoying doofus but at this point I’m still enjoying the story.
The artwork is fairly average but I admit that I’ve been spoiled recently with some fabulous artwork in another Vaughan work (Saga). The final section with a tangential story about a traveling theater troupe is done by a different artist and somehow manages to satirize the main story which itself is a satire. The Shakespeare references that I expected with a main character named Yorick are finally showing up.
This is still a fun series and I have the next volume out from the library because I have to know what happens next.