There’s nothing new under the sun — but somehow, these awesome properties have never been adapted for screens big or small. Psst, Hollywood: Let’s change that.
Television audiences love a good mythology-heavy, post-apocalyptic, slightly sci-fi survival story — just think Lost, Battlestar Galactica, or The Walking Dead. Yet, Hollywood has failed time and time again to come up with a new idea, and the graveyard of failed ones only continues to add new victims. Let’s go down the list, shall we? The Event. Flashforward. V. Perhaps even Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Sure, there’s Revolution and The Walking Dead staking their claims, but networks are in need of something completely new that will amp up the stakes. The answer? One letter: Y, as in Y: the Last Man, written by none other than Lost scribe Brian K. Vaughan. The title pretty much sums up exactly what happens to set up the series: A plague caused by something — possible candidates include a magic amulet, a cloning mishap, and a chemical agent — makes all mammals with the Y chromosome, including embryos, die on Earth. Yep, total decimation. The only males seemingly left are a goofy but goodhearted young escape artist named Yorick (after the Shakespeare character) and his Capuchin monkey, fondly named Ampersand.
What happens after the first, grotesque pages dedicated to depicting half the population collapsing and bleeding out, is a thrilling, epic tale that’s led by a diverse ensemble of women with quippy dialogue who kick ass. Awesome.
And fine, Hollywood’s been trying to adapt it into a film (more on that later). But considering the way the graphic novel reads, it’s much more suited for television. Here’s why (er, Y, if you will):
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