Thursday, July 17, 2014
Review # 123: "Y: The Last Man - 'Paper Dolls' and 'Kimono Dragons'"
"Paper Dolls" has an artificial quality to it. An early dilemma introduced by a reporter carries no weight going forward; we go across the seas to play little more than catch-up with the less-imposing Hero and the consequences of Yorick's night spent in a church; a character is killed off in what's parlayed as a shocking moment, but isn't at all pivotal; Agent 355 gets a backstory... in which we learn nothing that we didn't already expect. It is easily the worst volume in the series, but that's not to say it's terrible or anything. It's still quite good, just not AS good.
So thank goodness "Kimono Dragons" comes along which helps to recapture the sheer insanity of the first few volumes. Yorick and his party arrive in Japan to find the Yakuza has undergone quite the metamorphosis. With all the men killed off, they've been replaced by a mob of young women. Their boss? A Canadian pop star, idolized now as a crime queen. It's so crazy, yet - for Japan - is a disturbingly believable turn of events.
Rating(s): 7/10 ("Paper Dolls"), 8/10 ("Kimono Dragons")