Y the Last Man is a 60 issue comic written by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra for Vertigo comics. It tells the story of Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand… the last two males of any kind on earth. In the first issue some sort of mysterious plague simultaneously wipes out the whole male population with the exception of those two. With the help of secret agent 355 and geneticist Dr. Mann, Yorick undergoes a cross country trek in an effort to save mankind as well as getting to Australia to track down his girlfriend Beth.
This series maintains a light hearted humor while telling a compelling story throughout; however, it can get a little sexist at times. The whole series is excellently paced and a really fun read. Although not as action packed as a super hero comic, Yorick often finds himself in danger from all sides. His group will have to survive run-ins from several road blocks; including a gang of “Amazon” warrior women, Pirates, a Ninja, and even the Israeli army.
With the possible exception of the Walking Dead this has been the most enjoyable comic series I have read to date. I would recommend it to anyone, not just comic fans… It is a fun read and a perfect example of how comic books are so much more than just super heros.