Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition HC Vol 01

Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book One - Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, José Marzán Jr., Pamela Rambo, Clem Robins Having read the first ten issues I'm only about one-fifth into the whole thing, but despite being rather conflicted about it I'll probably continue reading. One the one hand, "Y: The Last Man" is a well-written engaging story with some interesting moments and witty dialogues. On the other, it's sexist to the core. So far, the main villain of the story is an extremist group called Amazons who happen to embody all features of the stereotypical men-hating feminists. Their ultimate goal is to murder the last male human on the Earth, because fuck survival of mankind: reproduction, to them, is just another manifestation of masculine power and, thus, equivalent to rape. And although the author attempts to show various faces of femininity and essentially avoids objectifying women, it's difficult to read this crucial element of the plot as something other than a straightforward mockery of feminism (and a model example of straw feminism ). So, while at some points I am truly enjoying the story (and drawing too), the moment its crypto-chauvinist undertones re-surface in my consciousness I get irritated again. The author doesn't seem to know what he is trying to say about femininity, masculinity and men-women relations or, if he does, it certainly doesn't show. Also, the protagonist is an idiot and I have a hard time trying to symphatise with him (I usually fail). Nevertheless, I'll give it a shot; maybe it is all developing towards some totally anti-misogynist conclusion ;P

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