This story is set in a world of devastation and desperation, but Vaughan manages to keep things from getting too depressing. This is mainly due to Yorick, who happens to be the last man alive, but isn’t particularly smart or heroic. His characterization may disappoint those accustomed to the brave, take charge type of heroes; however, I find him funny, realistic, and intriguing. Despite being a bit of a loser, Yorick is sincere and admirably unwilling to take advantage of his situation as the last man alive. His devotion to his girlfriend Beth, who is trapped on the other side of the globe, gives Yorick the motivation be more than just a self-interested twenty-something.
It is interesting to see a depiction of a world suddenly devoid of men. We get views of different female stereotypes and extremes, but there are plenty multi-faceted female characters as well. I also appreciated the art by Pia Guerra. Having a woman illustrate this book is perfect. Her depictions of women are much more realistic and contain a lot more diversity than the outlandish female forms seen in many comics and graphic novels.
This collection only contains the beginning of the story, and ends at a point that left me eager to read more. There are a few instances of shocking violence, which I felt were effective at portraying their tragedy. There is some adult conversation and language, which seemed realistic to most of the characters (but I did get sick of Yorick’s fondness of the f-bomb). There is some partial nudity in a dream sequence, and the Amazon’s (who are maybe a little too unrealistic) have each removed a breast—this is not shown, but the idea is semi-disturbing.
You won’t want to read Y: The Last Man with the kids, but if you’re an adult reader who can handle a moderate amount of adult content, I highly recommend this collection. The adventures of Yorick are surprising, sometimes funny, and unique enough to leave me begging for more. I’ll have to read the rest of the series to decide it’s overall worth, so for now I give it a Definitely worth checking out.