Y: The Last Man is a story that sees protagonist Yorick Brown survive a deadly plague, and the reasoning behind it is just as wild as disgusting.
It takes place in a world where a plague plagued the earth and killed anything with a Y chromosome, DC Comics’ Vertigo print series Y: The Last Man see protagonist Yorick Brown and his pet therapy Ampersand inexplicably survives an apocalyptic event that cannot be explained. But how exactly did Yorick and his furry friend walk away from a tragedy that left only three men in the entire world alive? The reasoning is not exactly something readers could ever suspect, as it’s all due to monkey poop.
Written by Brian K. Vaughn and signed by Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man is a disturbing tale of Yorick Brown’s experiences as one of the last males on the planet. Together with his male monkey, a test animal who accidentally finds himself in Yorick’s somewhat capable hands at the beginning of the series, both characters inexplicably survived an event that completely shattered the world’s economy and infrastructure in the blink of an eye. . Since the remaining female population barely held together after the collapse, the reason for the demise of all men, as well as the explanation for Yorick and Ampersand’s survival, remained secret for some time.
But as revealed throughout Y: The Last ManThanks to a disgusting thing: the excrement of Ampersand, Yorick and his partner were able to get out of the grip of death. That’s right, literal monkey shit saved Yorick from certain death, but when analyzed, it’s not really a strange revelation as it seems. Yorick works to raise him as a helper animal for people with severe disabilities, and takes care of Ampersand, which means he has to clean up after himself if he forgets how to use the bathroom. By coming into contact with the feces of Ampersand, Yorick developed resistance to the plague, on the grounds that Ampersand is a kind of genetic mutation, as a major player is experimenting on him Y: The Last Man‘s story named Dr.
But being elbow deep in monkey manure is not the only reason Yorick is still alive like so many men like him. With the in-continuity theory that an old curse caused the plague after an artifact was removed from the rightful place in the land of Jordan, it is insinuated more than once that Yorick’s wedding ring, which was bought for his fiancée before the apocalypse , mysticism was in nature repel this ‘curse’ and keep him and Ampersand safe. And although this explanation is in no way confirmed or fully considered as the ‘real’ reason Y: The last man‘s plague, the idea is still an interesting idea.
While it’s hard to imagine that dealing with Ampersand’s monkey dung is the main reason why Yorick did not decay with the rest of the world’s male population, it makes a lot of sense afterwards after the initial shock of the unveiling has. Yorick BrownSurvival was eventually born out of dumb luck, but Y: The Last Man make the most of something that could really make the series stink if handled incorrectly.
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