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Y The Last Man Reading Order: How to read Brian K Vaughan’s comic book series?

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Y The Last Man Reading Order

Y: The Last Man is a dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. It was published under the DC Comics Vertigo imprint between September 2002 and March 2008 and had recently been adapted as a television series. The adaptation didn’t find success and was canceled after one season, but you can just read the comic instead!

The series centers around the sole surviving male human after the spontaneous, simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth. More precisely, Y: The Last Man starts in the summer of 2002, when Earth is struck by a pandemic plague of unknown origin. This plague destroyed every mammal with a Y chromosome, including spermatosa and unborn children. Referred to as “gendercide”, the plague exterminated 48% of the global population, approximately 2.9 billion men. Two male mammals survived: a young man from Brooklyn named Yorick Brown and his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand. How and why? The answers to those questions could save humanity from a possible extinction.

Y The Last Man Reading Order:

Y The Last Man is a straightforward reading, so we’re here today mostly to present the different collected editions available out there that you can buy new or second-hand.

Y: The Last Man Compendium

Let’s begin with the most recent edition, the Compendium edition, which collects a large amount of material in a paperback format for a reasonable price.

Y: The Last Man Omnibus

Released in 2019, The Omnibus edition collects the whole series in one big large hardcover edition.

Y: The Last Man, the classic trade paperback collection

The most common type of collection edition is, of course, the classic trade paperback with each trade collected 5-8 single issues.

Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition

Following the conclusion of the series, Y The Last Man was re-released as oversized hardcovers with alternative cover art. But for those who prefer, those deluxe editions have also been printed with a softcover.

For those who prefer, those deluxe editions have also been printed in paperback editions:

Y The Last Man Absolute Edition

Finally, a specialty over-sized slip-covered edition was released between 2015

After Y The Last Man

If you liked Y The Last Man, we invite you to check out those other comic books:

  • Saga – This space opera by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples is the tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the world. This is still an ongoing series.
  • Paper Girls – Also by Brian K. Vaughan, and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, the story takes place in the early hours after Halloween of 1988 and follows four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls who uncover the most important story of all time.
  • Sweet Tooth – This post-apocalyptic story by Jeff Lemire tells the story of Gus, part of a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children, who has been raised in isolation following an inexplicable pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father he’s left to fend for himself . . . until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd who promises to help him. 

Last Updated on August 17, 2022.

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