mysterious plague has killed every male creature on the planet.
Except, that is, Yorrick Brown. And whilst being the only
boy in a world of women may seem like heaven to some men,
for Yorrick, it's become hell. Being hunted by his own murderous
sister and her Amazon extremists, and by Israeli special forces
is not what he'd hoped for. But his prayers may well be answered
from on high. Overhead, 220 miles above Yorrick's head, two
male astronauts are about to return to earth...
is the third volume in this extraordinary collection. Yorrick
and his pet monkey Ampersand are the only two creatures left
on the planet that possess a Y chromosome. Some women want
to bed him, others want to mother him, and there are those
that want to kill him.
collection sees the possibility that two other male members
(snigger) of human society may still be alive. Two male astronauts
are amongst the crew of the International Space Station. It
looks unlikely that they will be able to make it back to Earth,
but they have to try. Assuming that they can pilot their craft
towards Earth, don't burn up on re-entry, and manage to survive
the landing, they may triple the number of males living on
our planet. That is, if the plague that wiped out the rest
of the male population doesn't kill them as soon as they set
foot on soil.
was while reading this collection that I noticed the slightly
sexist slant the writer was pursuing. Are you honestly trying
to tell me that if all men where wiped out overnight that
food production and distribution would stop (most of the inhabitants
live off tinned rations, which are running out)? It does play
to the stereotypes a little - men are described as warmongering,
competitive types, while women are shown as been unable to
even open a jar on their own. Would all wars really cease
if women were totally in power?
only other real complaint I had was that events in this collection
don't really progress the main storyline in any noticeable
way. While the narrative that unfolds in this collection is
totally gripping, the conclusion moves everything back to
square one. All the new characters that we meet are left behind
at the conclusion and our hero and heroines move onto the
next town. There is a distinct flavour of The Incredible
Hulk television series going on here.
could quite easily skip this story (although you'll be missing
some damn good story telling if you do) and wait for the next
collection to be released and you won't realised you've missed
on the whole, Y: The Last Man series is turning out
to be a bit of winner.
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