Saturday, October 13, 2007

Y Again, or How my Growing Suspicion that BKV is Joss Whedon continues...

If you care about Brian K. Vaughan (and really, if you are a living, breathing human being with or without a soul you should!) then you probably already caught the last cover for his award-winning dystopic series Y the Last Man. A brief synopsis for those unfamiliar with bkv's great work courtesy of Wikipedia (a bit simplistic, but it'll do):

In the series, on July 17, 2002, something (speculated to be a plague) simultaneously kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome - including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm with the exception of Yorick Brown, a young amateur escape artist, and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand.

Society is plunged into chaos as infrastructures collapse and the surviving women everywhere try to cope with the loss of the men, their survivors' guilt, and the knowledge that humanity is doomed to extinction. Vaughan meticulously crafts the new society that emerges out of this chaos, from the conversion of the phallic Washington Monument to a monument to the dead men, to the genesis of the fanatical ultra-feminist Daughters of the Amazon, who believe that Mother Earth cleansed itself of the "aberration" of the Y chromosome, to male impersonators becoming valued romantically and professionally.

Over the course of their journey, Yorick and his friends discover how society has coped in the aftermath of the plague. However, many of the women they encounter have ulterior motives in regard to Yorick. Though the subject matter of the series is entirely serious, Y: The Last Man is also noted for its humor. Yorick in particular is a source of one-liners, although the other characters have their moments as well.

Now with the last cover out and its impending end I have to wonder - will BKV pull a Joss Whedon Buffy Season 6 circa 'Normal Again'? If you need refreshing:

In a turn of events Buffy is transported to LA where her parents come and visit her to the mental asylum she has allegedly been in for the past six years: Sunnydale, Dawn, the vampires and the demons are all figments of her imagination. Or are they?

Buffy: And that Sunnydale and all of this, none of it was real.
Xander: Aw, come on, that ridiculous. What, you think this isn't real just because of all the vampires and demons and ex-vengeance demons and the sister that used to be a big ball of universe-destroying energy?

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