Monday, September 15, 2008

Y: The Last Man, Book 5: Ring of Truth

The fifth volume begins with a couple shorter stories, including a nice, deeper look at Hero, Yorick's troubled sister, before jumping into the meat of perhaps my favorite little story arc so far. Ring of Truth combines all the best aspects of the comic, with great writing, nice action, some big plot revelations, and more good character stuff. I don't like going into much detail about any of the stories because Y is such a fast read that doing so would take away from part of the appeal. Everything is so concise and efficient that the only thing you'd get out of reading it if you knew the important plot points is the style. That could come off as a put down, but it isn't, the comic just simply gets things done without nonsense. This volume does explain more about Yorick's survival, and as could be expected, it's not without a sense of humor or irony with regard to the real reasons for things. If Y took itself completely seriously it would be utterly preposterous, but as it is, it's a sometimes poignant comic that's usually just a hell of a lot of fun. And I still really, really like Guerra's art. It's not flashy, but that's never what I liked about comics. I'm a little past the halfway point now, and there's no turning back.

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