Y: The Last Man #26

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Pia Guerra, Goran Parlov Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 1, 2004 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 3
7.6Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Yorick's older sister, Hero, takes center stage in the stand-alone story "Hero's Journey."  Her troubled childhood is revealed, including where she was the day the Plague hit and how she became a member of the bloodthirsty Amazons, with an ending guaranteed to send chills down your spine.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jim Kingman Sep 5, 2004

    Pia Guerras artwork may first appear a little bright and relaxed for such a serious storyline, but it fits perfectly. Her rural landscapes are exquisite. Brian Vaughan is making his strong writing skills known on many books, notably Ex Machina, but Y: The Last Man is where he really shines. The man knows how to pace a story, and he is a true master of the cliffhanger. One month between issues is just too long! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 5, 2004

    Pia Guerra is instrumental in selling the realism of this series, as it's very easy to buy into this nightmarish vision of the world when the art doesn't disrupt the illusion with visuals that project a fantasy style vision. Now this results in art that isn't overly flashy, but it's certainly worthy of closer study as there's a wealth of little details, from Yorick's childhood toy in the opening pages, to the Thanksgiving sequence where it's clear they're all dressed in their Sunday best. The visual impact of the scenes in the immediate aftermath of the plague are also very powerful, as the scene perfectly captures Hero's anguish, and the change in temperament when she comes to grips with her loss. There's also a solid display of emotions during the reunion scene Hero has with her mother, and the last page image does an effective job of conveying the madness still lurks beneath the surface. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Sep 5, 2004

    As Y: The Last Man approaches the half-way mark, there will be fewer and fewer chances for new readers to jump in and still get the full effect of the drama. This issue is one of them. The creators have promised to reveal the mystery of Yoricks survival in the next arc, so this is the time to sample and, after sampling, go back and pick up the TPBs. DCs been keeping up pretty regularly with this series, so one should be able to fill in most of whats gone before in the collected editions. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Sep 5, 2004

    Y #26 might not advance the comic's overall plot by much. I mostly read this saga in TPB form, so I'm not really sure where this issue fits in the larger scheme of things. But as a standalone piece, this issue was really a pleasure. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Sep 5, 2004

    Back to this issue: It fills in some gaps between the previous storylines, but theres precious little of Hero and what makes her tick. Its still great to read. Theres just too little here. Like eating only one bite of a Snickers bar. Read Full Review

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