Y: The Last Man: Book Five, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, José Marzan Jr. & Goran Sudžuka — a comic book review

My original mission was to read all of Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Y: The Last Man before the television series premieres on FX. Mission accomplished. Probably with an assist by our current coronavirus pandemic. The filming, which was originally scheduled to begin this past April, is now supposed to begin in October 2020, somewhere […]

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Y: The Last Man: Book Four, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, José Marzan Jr. & Goran Sudžuka — a comic book review

Concerning Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Y: The Last Man, Stephen King said: “The best graphic novel I’ve ever read.” No small praise, that. Book Four collects issues #37 through 48 of the original comic book run, published way back in 2005 and 2006. Fourteen years ago. That’s a nice long stretch, even though in […]

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Y: The Last Man, Book Three, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan Jr., and Goran Sudzuka — a comic book review

  Y: The Last Man, Book Three collects issues #24-36 of the graphic novel originally published more than a decade ago. Please understand that I’m getting current on this relevant piece of pop culture before any television series premieres. I was a latecomer becoming a passenger on The Walking Dead bandwagon, watching the television series […]

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Y: The Last Man, Book Two, by Brian K. Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Paul Chadwick & Goran Parlov (Vertigo) — a comic book review

  When I was a child, I would bristle when my dad would call my G.I. Joe (the 10-or-12-inch figure with the flocked hair and beard) or Steve Austin the Six-Million-Dollar-Man toys “dolls.” I don’t think the term “action figure” had been coined yet, but I knew that the word “doll” was meant derogatorily. There’s […]

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Y: The Last Man, Book One, by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra (Vertigo) — a comic book review

Here’s what I know about writer Brian K. Vaughan. He was a writer, story editor and producer on the television series Lost from seasons 3 through 5. He automatically gets storytelling cred from me for that, especially since he wasn’t around for Season 6 and the series finale that I like to pretend never existed. […]

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**!!COMICS COMMENTARY!!** Saga: Volume 1 (issues #1-6 of the Image comic): Chapter 3 (Part Three): The Stalk and The Will Were a Couple? Really?!? (Or: Alana Finds Out About Marko’s Other Woman)

  The Stalk fires over her shoulder as she flees from the giant warthog creatures that are pursuing her. “Hell,” she says. “FUCKING HELL!” Into her phone, she says: “Phone: call The Will.” “Incoming call from. . . The Stalk,” says the phone on The Will’s personal spacecraft. He’s sitting at his kitchen table eating […]

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**!!COMICS COMMENTARY!!** Saga: Volume 1 (issues #1-6 of the Image comic): Chapter 3 (Part Two): Humane Treatment of Prisoners & Here’s Izabel

Prince Robot IV has traveled to the detention facility where Alana once worked. It’s where she broke her husband Marko out, in fact. The prince is interviewing a Moonie prisoner, who is sitting at a table with a bag over his head. “I’ve come a long way to speak with you, so listen carefully,” Prince […]

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**!!COMICS COMMENTARY!!** Saga: Volume 1 (issues #1-6 of the Image comic): Chapter 3 (Part One): Ghost Children and a Need for Snow

  Hazel (VO): My mom once said the hardest part of parenting is knowing when to ask for help. We get a middle shot of our new parents, with baby Hazel. Marko, Hazel’s father, lies on the ground in a puddle of his own blood. He’s possibly dead, though I’m skeptical. Alana, Hazel’s mother, clutches […]

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**!!COMICS COMMENTARY!!** Saga: Volume 1 (issues #1-6 of the Image comic): Chapter 2 (Part Two): Introducing The Stalk and The Horrors.

I know, it’s been a minute, but here’s the second half of Chapter Two of Saga. It begins with a continued voiceover from Hazel. Hazel: From far and wide they come to inspect the hapless new parents. Taken completely out of context, this means nothing to you. But, if you look at the last post […]

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**!!COMICS COMMENTARY!!** Saga: Volume 1 (issues #1-6 of the Image comic): Chapter 2 (Part One): The Secret of the Breast Milk

An exterior shot of a familiar spaceship floating in the middle of some red-looking rocks. OC Voice: “Phone: call my agent.” Phone: “Certainly, The Will. Home or Office?” “Office,” says The Will. He’s sitting in his chair, with some sort of joystick in his right hand. Perhaps it’s the control for the spaceship. I don’t […]

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