Pick of the Week: March 7

Danielle Hu ('11)/Eastside art director Kevin Cook ('11)/Eastside art director

Pick of the Week

Feeling bored and looking for something less wordy than a two-hundred paged novel to read? We bring to you suggestions for comic books, webcomics, graphic novels, and the like!

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

Genre: sci-fi, drama, suspense

Synopsis: A plague wipes off every male mammal on Earth… except a man named Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand.  Why? No one knows, least of all Yorick. He’s off on a mission, accompanied by a secret government agent 355 and Dr. Allison Mann (a research scientist who has tampered with cloning), to find his girlfriend Beth and maybe save mankind.  Naturally, he meets a lot of obstacles along the way, mostly involving enemy forces who either want to kidnap him or kill him.

Story: 5/5

Art: 3.5/5

Consistency: 5/5

Comments: Sounds like the most far-fetched sci-fi plot ever, but this comic serial has a realistically woven plot that builds on with a great balance of speed and suspense. Not rushed at all, but keeps you on your toes.  Brian Vaughan is one of the main writers for Lost, so go figure. The art is simple but nice in that it doesn’t overwhelm.  You’ll get through each volume very quickly.  Don’t get attached to every character you meet, though.  This isn’t too gory but has its fair amount of death and it also deals with heavy subject matter sometimes.

Overall rating: 9/10

Where to read it: available at Cherry Hill Public Library.