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