Y: The Last Man
Reader Advisory: Adult Themes, Adult Situations, Nudity, Violence, Language When Y: The Last Man originally debuted, it was a much... simpler(?) time. Gender power structures were still "traditional" and the concept of women in the highest positions of power were little more than fantastic postulating. Fast forward 14 years, and the concept of a female president is not only plausible, but was cruelly snatched from our grasp just a few months back. (I can't believe how sexist and close minded this opening sounds. I've been agonizing over it for 10 minutes, trying to *not* make it sound sexist, but honestly, it just reeks of misogyny) Yorick Brown, amateur escape artist, slacker, helper monkey trainer, and general 'average' joe is just minding his own business one day with his Capuchin helper monkey Ampersand when the "Gendercide" happens. Every other male mammal in the world suddenly, graphically, and violently dies. Now, women rule the world, and Yorick's only desire is to reconnect with his girlfriend who is in Australia. Aided by the mysterious woman 355 and Dr. Allison Mann, a geneticist cloning expert, Yorick now has to contend with the Daughters of the Amazon who want to completely eradicate any last trait of the Y chromosome, A Japanese Ninja, and the Israeli Army. Over the course of 60 issues, several theories are floated about what caused the apocalypse, but the ultimate reason is left up to the reader. While the story follows the classic "Hero's Journey" trope, it still begs the question as to what society would be like if all the men suddenly died off. To be completely honest, in the short run, women are a lot like men, clinging to social constructs, power structures, and ideals, but eventually, they discover that it's a brave new world, and set out to make the best of it. I still think that if the script was flipped, mankind would have wiped itself out within the first year. I think it has to do with the whole "Dick Waving Prick Fight" theory posited by George Carlin back in the early 90s. The end game felt a bit rushed and uneven, but on the whole, it's a good series. Time has made this less of a 'what if?' story and the whole concept of a global society of women seem like a plausible thing in some arenas anymore.