Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
I generally don't want to confused "tpb's" -- large-format paperback compilations of "pamphlets" -- but sometimes the serial that was forced out in monthly drips was SUPPOSED to be a novel to begin with -- a single story, split unnaturally into chunks by economic reality. Anyway: Y: THE LAST MAN was/is one of those. You can still buy the monthly comic -- maybe you should, to make sure Brian K. Vaughn keeps doing it -- but I truly prefer to wait for the tpb to be published, and enjoy the story in its 'natural' state. And this is a weird one, the opens with the (bloody) spontaneous death of ever single male on the planet Earth ... except fo rone hapless would-be escape artist twenty-something, who suddenly becomes the most important creature in the world. Great dialogue, some interesting speculation that only rarely falls into absurdity or satire. I actually look forward to the almost semi-annual new editions.
This is it. Possibly the best comic book ever written. Brian K. Vaughan created an intriguing, highly addictive series that feels like a clever piece of cinema when reading. Charming characters, heated action, and a hefty dose of mystery make this a book not to be missed. This is one of the major reasons why comic book writing should be studied/taught in schools.