Whys and Wherefores is a beautiful ending to a fantastic series. Plot lines are tied up, confrontations come to heads, and our heroes find resolution, although not the pat, happy endings you might hope for.
Brian K. Vaughan continues to flesh out the post-apocalyptic world he conceived in Volume I, and he brings things full circle. He shows a world that has learned how to cope with a catastrophic event, but is not left unscarred by it.
And Vaughan also closes the book on all of the major characters. For a series that mostly falls under the category of action/adventure with a few comic overtones, this last volume is unexpectedly moving, and some of its more tragic events are like a serious punch to the gut.
And the ending is just beautiful. It’s perfect. It’s poignant without being romanticized, moving without being melodramatic.
The series makes a lot of social commentary,but Vaughan chooses to end the series with a broader commentary on life: what’s important; what really matters. While I don’t necessarily agree with all of his views, I do think he did an artful job of getting his points across. Making serious statements about society and life through the vehicle of an action/adventure comic book is a noteworthy accomplishment.
Y: The Last Man is an excellent series, and Whys and Wherefores is a worthy ending.