This volume contains two stories. The first deals with the orbiting astronauts and is an OK piece of drama with a bit of action and some funny lines. The second story ditches all our main characters and focuses on a group of travelling players who decide what is needed is a contemporary play about the world after the plague. They decide to call it The Last Man after the little known Mary Shelly novel.
Whilst I wasn’t sure at first this is a radical step in storytelling and should be applauded. The play within a play feels very Shakespearian which is perfect as this is a tale about actors. It allows the author to express some ideas that wouldn’t fit well foisted on his established characters. There is a brief but intelligent discussion on the role of art and women on the stage.
The art is pretty standard apart from one night scene lit by a lantern that really stands out and shows the artist is capable of so much more than the deadlines will allow. Not the greatest volume but still a Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: Y: The Last Man – Volume 4 – Safeword – Brian K. Vaughan