TITLE: The Young All-Stars vol. 1, issue #1sue #1
YEAR: June 1987
COMPANY: Vertigo/DC Comics
Writer/Co-Creators/Artist: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
Inker: Jose Marzan
Letterer: Clem Robins
Colorist: Pam Rambo
Cover Artist: J.G. Jones
Assistant Editor: Zachary Rau
Editor: Heidi MacDonald
Brian K. Vaughan is considered one of America’s top comic book writers with a string of hits which include “Saga”, “Ex Machina” to name a few, but one title is considered a masterpiece and its his 2002 series “Y: The Last Man. Co-created and written with Canadian comic book artist, Pia Guerra (also lead penciler for the series).
Published by DC Comics imprint, Vertigo, from 2002-2008, a total of 60 issues were released. And the series also earned three Eisner Awards.
And while there were discussion of a film adaptation, there is now serious talk of a TV adaptation of the series.
The series is set in the summer of 2002 and a plague of unknown origin destroys every last sperm, fetus and fully developed mammal with a Y chromosome with the exception of on young man and his male monkey.
The “gendercide” exterminated 48% of the global population, 495 of the Fortune 500 CEO’s are now dead as are 99% of the world’s landowners. In America, 95% of all commercial pilots, truck drivers and ship captains have died, as well as 92% of the country’s violent felons.
Internationally, 99% of all mechanics, electricians and construction workers are now deceased and 51% of the planet’s agriculture labor force is still alive.
And worldwide, 85% of all government representatives are now dead, including 100% of Catholic priests, Muslim imams and Orthodox Jewish rabbis.
With the first issue of “Y the Last Man”, the issue is an introduction to the primary characters.
Set in New York 2002, Yorick Brown is a guy who has not found much luck finding a job. A guy who is sort of like a McGuyver, he is like an escape artist and took on a job as a v0lunteer of trying to train a male chimp named Ampersand. Meanwhile his girlfriend Beth is successful, working out and enjoying her stay in the Australian Outback.
Yorick’s mother is Representative Brown, a Democrat for the US Congress for Ohio’s 22nd District.
In Nablus, West Bank, we are introduced to a stoic female soldier known as Alter. Meanwhile, in Jordan, Agent 355 goes to give protection to Dr. Prozan Hamad as extremists are after her amulet around her neck.
In Boston, Dr. Mann is about to give birth and she tells the doctor that she is giving birth to her own clone.
And then the plague hits and the world will never be the same.
While the first issue is fascinating and entertaining to read, the first issue is merely the introduction to the characters and the beginning of the gendercide and needless to say, from the second issue on, “Y the Last Man” gets better and better.
While it may be costly to find every issue of “Y the Last Man”, fortunately the series is available in Absolute format via two hardback issues. Check out the first and second volume of “Y the Last Man”, you won’t be disappointed!