Apr 26th 2011 By: Andy Khouri
this week is the fifth and final hardcover volume collecting Y: The Last Man
, possibly the most beloved creator-owned comic book series released in this young century. A regular on "Best Of" lists throughout its six-year run, the Vertigo
series by Brian K. Vaughan
and Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan, Jr.
is the story of a mysterious plague that instantly and simultaneously wipes out every male mammal on Earth save for one 20-something amateur escape artist and his pet monkey. Spanning years, Y's story confronts with equal measures of drama and comedy themes of relationships and gender politics against a startlingly realistic post-apocalyptic landscape.
Y: The Last Man
was collected in ten modestly priced and sized paperback editions
, but the oversized hardcovers offer a lovelier product at a better value, and it is volume 1 of this series that ComicsAlliance recommends new comics readers pick up
. In honor of this presumably final release of Y: The Last Man
material, we've put together a gallery
of the series' many beautiful covers
by such artists as J.G. Jones
, Aron Wiesenfeld
and Massimo Carnevale
, the latter of whom created the bulk of Y's
covers and all of those for the hardcover editions.
Following the five hardcover covers, take note of how the Y: The Last Man covers have themselves told an impressively accurate if succinct version of the 60-issue narrative.