Y: The Last Man
Book 8 - Kimono Dragons

Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Pia Guerra and Goran Sudzuka
Titan Books
RRP: 9.99, US $14.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6358 9
ISBN-10: 1 84576 358 0
Available 22 December 2006

Nearly four years after a global plague killed every male mammal on Earth, the two exceptions - Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand - now find themselves in Japan. Following Ampersand's abduction by a sword-wielding mercenary, Yorick and his companions (government operative 355 and biochemist Dr. Allison Mann) have tracked him to the Land of the Rising Sun, where the culture has adapted to the loss of its men in some uniquely Japanese ways. To retrieve his pet - whose body may hold the key to humanity's survival - Yorick and 355 must travel to Tokyo and navigate a tricky maze of Yakuza remnants, little-girl gangsters and pop star entitlement gone mad...

Kimono Dragons is the eighth in the Y: The Last Man series of graphic novels and continues where the last volume, Paper Dolls, left off. Ampersand is still missing and our heroes have it on good authority that the head of the local Yakuza is the current owner of their pet.

Dr. Mann, and her new girlfriend, head to her mother's home for a chilling family reunion. Their reception is even more hostile than expected, but it also results in a startling revelation - one which could point the way towards solving the final, overriding mystery of what - or who - caused the Gendercide.

A mysterious woman is also stalking the streets of Tokyo and acquiring every monkey she can track down, by any means necessary, in the hopes of finding Ampersand. But will she find him before Yorick and co? All this as well as male sex-bots, revelations about the past, and a few surprises for our heroes ensure that fans of the series are kept on the edge of their seats throughout this latest collection.

Author, Brian K. Vaughan, manages to cram a lot of twists and turns in without it feeling forced. And, as usual, Pia Guerra and Goran Sudzuka's art work brings Vaughan's tale to life as only they could.

Fans of the series will rediscover why they fell in love with Y: The Last Man with Kimono Dragons.

Darren Rea

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