Off My Mind: What If You Were The Last Man?

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Posted by G-Man (37683 posts) - - Show Bio

If you've read Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man, you know the story of Yorick Brown. This was another series I came into late in the game. When I started reading the trades, I didn't want the story to end. Because I knew there were only 60 issues (collected in ten trades), I actually stopped reading them for a while because I didn't want to reach the end. Eventually I did read the final issues while being out in nature.  
 
The combination of the two got me thinking, what would you do if you were the last man (or woman)? This doesn't mean you're the last person alive. I'm talking about being the last of your gender (so you could still have someone to talk to, if you wanted). With the population being cut down so drastically, you would have some freedom as to what you could do and where you could go. What would you do? To what extremes would you go to seek out your loved ones? 
  

#1 Posted by weapon154 (339 posts) - - Show Bio

That would be swell, but highly unlikely. I'd create my own Utopia, attend Comic-con, and do what I want. Though I'd eventually get bored and just end up looking for survivors.

#2 Posted by The Jeff (290 posts) - - Show Bio

I would like to do as many women as possible, live in a castle and do more women.

#3 Posted by danialcarroll79@gmail.com (10 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't read the comic, but it's a scary thought...

#4 Posted by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio

This is really going to take some thinking

#5 Posted by G-Man (37683 posts) - - Show Bio
@KRYPTON : We'll still be here. Give it some thought and come back.
#6 Edited by Alphaproto (351 posts) - - Show Bio

That's not something I could amswer without thinking about it for awhile.
#7 Posted by JarJarMinks (68 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm gonna have to check that series out.  Seems to me like being the last man on earth would be a heavy responsibility.  Probably not much time for fun anymore, your entire species would be depending on you.  That means makin babies, then teaching children very well, farming, protecting yourself from wild animals and the elements.  The sentimental attachments are for fairy tales the true hardship wouldn't even be simple survival but setting it up for generations to come.  
 
Glad I checked in before work now I have something interesting to think about all day. 

#8 Posted by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man: 
Okay I will.
#9 Posted by BenB (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Gentlemen, remember that if the earth was to be repopulated  having sex would not be a viable option. That would be wasting a lot of a one of a kind resource. Repopulation would have to be done the scientific way

#10 Posted by Fire-brand (2308 posts) - - Show Bio
@BenB said:
" Gentlemen, remember that if the earth was to be repopulated  having sex would not be a viable option. That would be wasting a lot of a one of a kind resource. Repopulation would have to be done the scientific way "
would you care to explain that?
#11 Posted by Joeybagad0nutz (1378 posts) - - Show Bio

Last person of my gender? TIME TO REPOPULATE! 
 
Seriously: I have no idea. That would suck though.

#12 Posted by darkwolverineUSMC (315 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, I ride a car on the wrong side of the road. I go to my former Drill Instructors living quarters and fart on his stuff for always making an example out of me. I'd pilot a tank from the armory and shoot asphalt shells into the desert. And then probably cry my self to sleep at night for loss of my Fiancee.

#13 Posted by Dr. Detfink (460 posts) - - Show Bio

Once a month, every month for the rest of your natural life every one around you would get cramps, grumpy, and there'd be a run on tampons...and you'd wished you were somewhere else. :p

#14 Posted by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio

Well I would like to know if anyone was still alive on the planet, I would probably spend a (year) or over traveling around the worlds searching for other people. That would be TOP priority if I was the last guy on earth. Searching for different friends and family would also be important. 

#15 Posted by iloverobots (455 posts) - - Show Bio

Just going to say that Y is one of the best books ever created.

#16 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd visit Michelle Trachtenberg with flowers and champagne. Pretty obvious really. 

#17 Posted by imaginaryman (198 posts) - - Show Bio

I only read 1 volume of this, because our school library lost our voulme 2 so I couldn't continue reading this, but I really liked it , the alienating feeling and the irony I mean if your a guy I'm pretty sure you've of being surrounded by tons of girls, after reading this book not so much hehe

#18 Posted by SUPER-MAN 23 (2188 posts) - - Show Bio

I've never heard of this comic series? Is this a "hardcover" or is it, issue-by-issue?  
 
I would just have fun for awhile. I would first visit the Whiskey Media office. That would be cool. 

#19 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@SUPER-MAN 23 said:
" I've never heard of this comic series? Is this a "hardcover" or is it, issue-by-issue?   I would just have fun for awhile. I would first visit the Whiskey Media office. That would be cool.  "
It's a series by Vertigo; collected over 10 trades, and as far as I'm concerned; it's one of the best series ever.
#20 Posted by Soakle (38 posts) - - Show Bio

Brian K. Vaughn is genius for creating this series. Possibly his best work yet! 
As for being the last person... I think I might go travel the world by elephant. He'll be my version of Ampersand.

#21 Posted by crusader8463 (214 posts) - - Show Bio

Realistically, I would be taken by the government and spend the rest of my life in a forced breeding center. Then, when the rest of the world found out the Canadian government had the last man alive, war's wound break out to capture me. I'm sure I would love it at first, but it would get old fast.
 
Actually, there was a really great episode of Sliders about this very topic. If you can find it I can't recommend watching it enough.
 
Also, I too loved the first half of the "Y the Last Man" series, but I really hated the ending and the answers to a lot of the questions the story built up all along. When ever they would reveal the answer to something I always kind of let out a "Huh..Really? That's it?". I still enjoyed it over all, but ya.

#22 Posted by iloverobots (455 posts) - - Show Bio
@SUPER-MAN 23 said:
" I've never heard of this comic series? Is this a "hardcover" or is it, issue-by-issue?   I would just have fun for awhile. I would first visit the Whiskey Media office. That would be cool.  "
10 trades and I think they're releasing the hardcovers "ultimate" collections now. 
 
Read it. You want regret it. A lot of people I know that don't ever read comics read that and loved it.
#23 Posted by alicemalice (74 posts) - - Show Bio
@crusader8463: 
I hate up the beginning of Y like a monkey and a banana but yeah the ending left me severely disappointed as well.
#24 Posted by EisforExtinction (1909 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd get into fun adventures with my monkey.

#25 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

It was pretty apocalyptic in the book...
I mean, secret agency wanted to kidnap him, terrorist organisations were after him, some wanted to "keep" him, other kill him...
The dream (well, apart from the "every other male dying" part) would easily turn into a nightmare!

#26 Posted by Emerald Dragonfly (212 posts) - - Show Bio

I wouldn't tell anyone I'm the last and let the numanity die. 
P.S. "Y" is incredbly rare piece of shit.

#27 Edited by Mainline (1132 posts) - - Show Bio

In Y, Yorrick is shown to be a substantial loner (or lacking in important relations geographically proximate to himself) which expedites all of his adventures.  What few connections he does have are so extraordinary that Yorrick is afforded considerable autonomy.
 
I suspect, in my real life, that the death of half of close my friends and family and the impact on the remaining half and myself would be all but crippling to preclude such adventures (and decision making)- at least for the short term (certainly humans adapt to even incredible horrors).  Lacking a mother who serves as President of the United States or a skilled bodyguard companion, et al, decision making would probably be dictated more by others [and the state of society] than any of my own choices. 
 
But for the sake of discussion, breaking down some of the options (taking out whatever consultation one might do with one's god in prayer, one's remaining friends and family, one's scientific considerations, etc) they're broadly to (1) die, (2) run & hide, (3) live "normally", (4) exploit the situation, or (5) fight extinction:
 
(1) Electing to die (whether by your own hand or getting into a shooting standoff with all comers or what not) is a fatalistic waste to me.  You may not be the last of your gender but certainly you're the last of your sex and that has significance whether you want it or not so there would seem to be some duty or responsibility tied to that even if not to repopulate. 
 
(2) Electing to run appreciate the value of your life but not an active crusade to repopulate or investigate the harm.  It's generally a prolonged death but you might leave some quasi-immortal work or act in the meantime- a book, a piece of art, or an act of terrorism [if so inclined, myself certainly not].  I don't believe I'd opt for this without some sort of empirical proof that otherwise fighting is "hopeless" but I could understand if some people elected to avoid the issue.  If simply running and producing nothing, however, that's unacceptable to me. 
 
(3) Trying to live "normally" is improbable but that has its own value and integrity... I supposed I'm not romantic enough to believe it possible with everything else happening so I wouldn't consider it a real option. 
 
(4) Exploiting the situation seems like a male thing as "last woman on earth" has substantially different implications and assumptions than for the last man.  While I imagine it's possible there is some amount of power, real or imagined, one would wield in that situation... it would not be enough to stave off self-loathing and contempt for such use for me (or much less the contempt of one's significant other!).
 
(5) Finally, attempting to fight extinction could come in many ways from self-help, scientific pursuit, co-ordinated / authoritative effort, uncovering the cause, exploring an alternative, etc.  Which brings us back full circle to Yorrick's extraordinary connections, resources, access, and adventures which I doubt are within the wheelhouse of most persons.  But how you fight and if you fight, will depend heavily on both the state of "post-apocalyptic" society and your values and expectations- do you trust science, government, church, the public, the rich, the press, etc.? 
 
As the situation is completely absurd I don't think there's a "realistic" answer with respect to fighting it and- like real fights- the strategy is fluid and fact specific... so I concentrate on the emotional impact which would be more reliably predictable and it would be considerable and significant for me.

#28 Posted by Kid_Zombie (824 posts) - - Show Bio

BEST COMIC EVER! loved this book, Also got me to get a lot of readers into comic books by giving them this to read.  
 
Being the last dude on earth? well if it is anything like Y the last man, I would hide out in cottage country take over a rich ass cottege on the lake and live out my remainder days with my girlfriend in secret. Maybe try to make some boys ;).

#29 Posted by Michiel76 (182 posts) - - Show Bio

I would look at my wife and say: "damn woman you must be the luckiest girl alive, now get me a beer........................please???"
 
 

G-MAN Behind you, a three-headed monkey!!!!

#30 Posted by Grendel (560 posts) - - Show Bio

Find Babs.

#31 Posted by BenB (23 posts) - - Show Bio
@Fire-brand:  Artificial insemination. They would harvest you for your y chromosome
#32 Posted by skaarason (683 posts) - - Show Bio

so many people would tell me that this was such a great series and i pick up 123 of the trades and i just could not get into it !!!!

#33 Posted by SUPER-MAN 23 (2188 posts) - - Show Bio
@iloverobots said:
" @SUPER-MAN 23 said:
" I've never heard of this comic series? Is this a "hardcover" or is it, issue-by-issue?   I would just have fun for awhile. I would first visit the Whiskey Media office. That would be cool.  "
10 trades and I think they're releasing the hardcovers "ultimate" collections now.  Read it. You want regret it. A lot of people I know that don't ever read comics read that and loved it. "
Cool. I will look for the series!
#34 Posted by Mumbles (846 posts) - - Show Bio

Y is a classic

#35 Posted by BKole (506 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd do all the stuff I've wanted to do but couldn't because society isn't built that way. Probably run around in the buff and pretend I'm some sort of animal god for a bit. Who knows? I'd resign myself to the fact that I wouldn't be a forced breeder. There's no way you could rebuild a viable population from a single Male. There wouldn't be enough variation, and in a few generations everyone would be bucktoothed and have faces like a cats arse.

#36 Posted by BuddyBulson (427 posts) - - Show Bio

I JUST FINISHED Y:THE LAST MAN LAST WEEK! i wish i read it out doors, i finished it right b4 work and i couldnt do anything but think about the ending!

#37 Posted by DEGRAAF (7904 posts) - - Show Bio

I would become a king or atleast high priority. Being the last man on earth has some major benefits and down falls.
#38 Posted by CATMANEXE (17052 posts) - - Show Bio

What do mean? 
I am the last man of course!
 
<flexes bicep>
* cartoon balloon deflate and WA-WA-WA music sound effects play>
 
Oh....er...

#39 Edited by Grimoire (553 posts) - - Show Bio

I read this series and what I would do is ally myself with the best possible group since the series showed there are a lot of crazy people in the world. lol
 
P.S: I hate Beth now.

#40 Posted by xscarletkittie (594 posts) - - Show Bio

If I was the last woman, I'd likely hide away and not go out into public unless it was completely necessary. I would probably contact some of my friends to help me out with said hiding away. I'm not going to wander around in a world filled with only men. No way, no how.

#41 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@BenB said:
" @Fire-brand:  Artificial insemination. They would harvest you for your y chromosome "
actually on a more realistic note, as in the book, they resort to cloning...however, in that case the male isn't even needed
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#42 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

I would really love to see as a awsome movie, but I should have read the book.

#43 Posted by Sergotron (108 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the complete isolation in the woods idea actually sounds like a pretty good one. Last thing I would want to happen is be discovered and be thrown into lab somewhere constantly being poked by needles.

#44 Posted by alice of wonderland (11 posts) - - Show Bio
@xscarletkittie:  You're right, being the last woman on earth would be WAAAAAY more dangerous than the last man. I think I too would would go into hiding. I'm not going to be anyone's breeder, forced to pump out babies until my uterus gives up and falls out. If that's the only option for human survival, we clearly weren't meant to survive.
Also, even if cloning isn't yet a viable option, if there world was full of only woman sperm banks could be used to continue to produce more female offspring until cloning did become a possibility. That would at least give the world a few more generations to figure shit out. But with an entire planet full of guys, they are basically done for if they can't get technology working for them in the first generation. Sperm banks aren't going to help a planet full of guys.
#45 Posted by Silkcuts (5272 posts) - - Show Bio

For sure I would be opposite of Mr. Brown.  I would love my girlfriend/wife.... but I would want to share my seed with as much women as possible to ensure the survival of humanity.
 
I must say I wouldn't be as noble as Mr. Brown, and my story would be more like a porno then a great epic as Y: The Last Man.  I am glad BKV went the way he did with the story of Y: The Last Man.
 
I love Vertigo!  Didiot stop hurting my favorite imprint please.

#46 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@xscarletkittie said:
" If I was the last woman, I'd likely hide away and not go out into public unless it was completely necessary. I would probably contact some of my friends to help me out with said hiding away. I'm not going to wander around in a world filled with only men. No way, no how. "
hey, we're not all bad!
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#47 Posted by xscarletkittie (594 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost said:
" @xscarletkittie said:
" If I was the last woman, I'd likely hide away and not go out into public unless it was completely necessary. I would probably contact some of my friends to help me out with said hiding away. I'm not going to wander around in a world filled with only men. No way, no how. "
hey, we're not all bad! "
Of course you're not! I just don't want to have to fight off the ones that are :P
#48 Posted by 614azrael (10319 posts) - - Show Bio

Options in my book r 
A) help rebuild via clones n such 
B) gather up my freinds an plot world domination 
Results are 
A) we try hard but were jus not able to pull it off humanity dies but goes down fighting 
B) we suceed but ppl dont like are atempts at stabilizing the world and thus ww3 every1 dies 
or result C women decide we dont need ya an i die lol

#49 Posted by nick_verissimo (13 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it's actually interesting that G-Man said "..or the last woman alive".  I think that'd be an even more interesting idea to see play out.

#50 Posted by DH69 (4258 posts) - - Show Bio

i'd kill myself after a month of whoring myself out. No man needs the headache of a world with only women in it, and vice versa.

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