Sunday, June 12th, 2005
If you’re a comics fan and haven’t been reading Vertigo’s Y – The Last Man, boy have you been missing out. One of the best titles on the market today, it’s the story of one Yorick Brown (and his monkey Ampersand), a would-be escape artist who by some freak circumstance becomes the only survivor of a worldwide plague that kills anyone else with a Y-chromosone. There’s astronauts, conspiracy theories, thespians, lesbians, monkey poop-flinging — it’s got everything, and it’s amazingly well-written and drawn by multiple Eisner award-nominees Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra. My description there probably makes it sound jokey or campy, but it’s totally not – it has more of a serious Twilight Zone tone, though there is humour and a lot of humanity in it.
It’s no small thing when I say that Y is the ONLY comic that I wait to come out in trade paperback form, just because it reads so much better like that. I tried going monthly for a while, but getting a mere 24 pages a month was even more torturous than the semi-annual trade releases. As it is, I try not to even look at the covers in the comic shops lest I ruin some of the surprise. I’m incorrigably impatient for stuff like this so you better believe I’m anxious for the fifth volume, “Ring Of Truth”, to be released in a month’s time. As I said back at the beginning, if you read comics but don’t read Y, you really oughta give it a chance. To help facilitate conversions, DC has put the first issue online in PDF format to give a taste. It’s a good intro, but you really need to read all of the first story arc, “Unmanned”, to appreciate it. There’s also a 2003 video interview with BKV where he goes into the background of the story a little bit.
And as with all things in the comics world, Y has been optioned for a movie, though I think it’s still stuck quite happily in development hell. My main question about a film adaptation would be how would they end the story, assuming it’s made before the comic book’s planned 70-odd issue run is over. Surely they couldn’t give away the ending that Vaughan has saved up for the big finish in a few years’ time, could they?
And whilst on the topic of “no men allowed”, Womenfolk has moved to a domain of their very own, and they’re offering a terrific 20-track mix to celebrate both the move and their one-year anniversary. Bravo!
In the vague future releases department – Wilco will be releasing their live CD/DVD set culled from four nights at The Vic in Chicago this Fall and You Ain’t No Picasso gets it straight from the pop-punk poet’s mouth that Ted Leo & The Pharmacists hope to have the follow-up to last year’s Shake The Sheets recorded by this October and out by next February.
In case you hadn’t seen it, The National Post and Globe & Mail‘s pop music writers have been having a fascinatingly in-depth discussion about Coldplay and their artistic sincerity (or lack thereof) on their respective blogs. The pertinent posts are scattered throughout the past week’s entries, but they’re worth going back and reading if you want to see the whole thing. Who ever would have expected so milquetoast a band to trigger such inspired debate?!
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