Y: The Last Man

Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Pia Guerra and Goran Parlov
Titan Books
RRP 8.99
ISBN 1 84023 921 2
Available 17 December 2004

Now more than halfway across the country, Earth's sole surviving human male (Yorick Brown) and his companions (cloning specialist Dr. Allison Mann and government agent 355) are preparing for the final leg of their journey to San Francisco, where Dr. Mann's most important experiment awaits. But before they can leave, they need to get antibiotics for the planet's only other living male - Yorick's monkey, Ampersand. For Yorick, that means an enforced stay in the back country of Colorado with one of 355's former associates, the retired agent 711...

Safeworld is the fourth book in this collection. And, to be honest, is probably the one that moves the story on the least. By it's conclusion we are really right back where we started - nothing has advanced - and you could quiet easily skip this collection and not really miss anything. Having said that, there is a bit of a revelation about Dr. Mann's work, but other than that, our heroes merely stop for a while, get into a few sticky problems and then carry on with their journey.

But, while it doesn't move the main story on, there are some gripping story twists. 355's old friend, 711, has a secret - one that Yorick won't be expecting, and Yorick discovers a repressed memory from his past that he must confront.

If you've already read the other graphic novels in this series (Unmanned, Cycles and One Small Step) then you'll need to add this to your collection. Another entertaining Y: The Last Man collection.

Darren Rea

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