We talked, you listened, then asked for more.  During our last discussion of Y: The Last Man, we mentioned if listeners were interested, we’d continue our discussion of the series.  This week, the Major Spoilers Crew is taking a look at Y: The Last Man, Volume 2 collected hardcover trade.

From the Wiki

  1. One Small Step (issues #11–17)
    • In Oldenbrook, Kansas, Yorick, 355 and Dr. Mann help a Russian woman named Natalya Zamyatintwo male and one female astronauts forced to return to Earth after being trapped on the International Space Station the day the plague hit.  recover
    • Comedy & Tragedy has a travelling group of actresses find a wayward Ampersand, inspiring them to write a play called The Last Man (The main character’s name taken from Mary Shelley’s novel The Last Man).
  2. Safeword (issues #18–23)
    • Yorick and his companions travel to Allenspark, Colorado, where 355 and Dr. Mann fix up Ampersand, while retired Culper Ring agent 711 forces Yorick to confront his survivor guilt.
    • In Widow’s Pass, the story moves to Queensbrook, set nine months after the One Small Step arc.

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  1. I actually just finished the Safeword TPB (Vol. 4). I have to say that I have enjoyed each book so far. The part about agent 711 (and the jokes that Yorick makes about it) is really intense. I was confused reading it but I just couldn’t stop until I found out what was going on. And when it ended I didn’t feel let down. I felt like it was the natural ending to that interrogation.

    Oh and seeing 355 kick the crap out of those militia women was awesome. It had been a while since 355 showed how much of a warrior she really is.

  2. Darn it! I just finished “One Small Step” but still waiting on “Safeword” from the library. I may have to wait on listening to the last half of the show until a later date…

  3. John Morales AKA uglyhooker on

    I’m on book 9 or 10 and I gotta say I really enjoy this run!! It’s a fun, weird and different ride. I really like the stance on sex that York takes, trying to be faithful to his GF n such. Also like the development of his sister, she’s a pretty cool character. Overall I’m really happy that I took the time to read this story!!

  4. The funniest moment in the whole series is the one were the actresses try to figure out the name of Ampersand’s owner from his diaper, they figure the handkerchief might have a name or initials and while looking at the poopy diaper one of them says “Unless his name is “Brown” we’re out of luck”.

    The astronauts being alive after the landing is the main reason the mystical reason to the plague seems unlikely.

  5. I’ve never understood the popularity of this series. I love BKV, but I’ve read this whole series, and it is okay… but not great. Am I the only one who thinks that there is NO WAY the last man alive would be allowed to go cross-country with just a single bodyguard? Yorick repeatedly and carelessly risks his life, time and again. When revealed, the reason given seems convenient and forced – ie, to make up for multiple story arcs seemingly crafted around the need to have cliffhangers at the end of each issue. The number of coincidences also seem to confound logical reasoning (I don’t want to give them away for those that haven’t read the whole series.) One coincidence I can buy, but repeated coincidences strained the story’s credibility, and lessened my enjoyment of the series. At the end of the day, I realize that it’s just a comic, folks, and still better than most super-hero schlock. :) Okay, I now will step off my soapbox.

  6. What’s with people and soapboxes today? LIFE is a series of coincidenses and improbabilities, why should fiction be any different? That being said, yeah they put it on a little thick some times :)
    Case in point, the tomato juice incident.

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