Thursday, May 12, 2005

Y - THE LAST MAN #33

Vaughan was obviously trying to get a double word score for referencing Star Trek slash.

The intrigue onboard the barky was entertaining and perhaps more surprising than it should have been considering Vaughan just used the same plot over in Ultimate X-Men (although I suffer through inessential technical details about ships much better in Patrick O'Brian novels than I do in 22-page funnybooks) and Yorick's spectacularly unfortunate taste in women looks to be continuing. Especially if that's who I think it is on the Australian submarine.

The high point of the issue was the human interaction. On one side, the awkward and random pairing of Alison and 355 came to its necessarily miserable end. They came together for wrong reasons and, like the rest of us, will end up making it worse even if they could have made it better. Yorick's reaction was complicated and visceral -- his shock came out initially as wisecracking humor, then settled into confusion and a sense of betrayal and loss and recklessness. In the course of his adventures, Yorick has rarely had a lot of time (or any inclination) to reflect upon his life and the changes in it, which is why his anguish at recollecting his dead friends -- companions by choice instead of necessity -- is all the more real. This overturning of his apple cart is going to take a while to fix and couldn't have come at a worse time -- he trusts the possibly duplicitous captain far more than Alison right now.

By the way, DC is offering several first issues for free (Preacher, Starman, Sandman, etc.) and if you haven't started this series yet, you can start the story here. (PDF file)

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