I don't even know where to start. I'd love to just throw, no shovel, all kinds of praise on this! You know, like when The Academy gave Peter Jackson all those awards for The Return of the King, mostly neglecting the first two (sidebar: I hate those damn Hobbit movies).
Vaughan did everything right
, I wouldn't change a damn thing. Part of me wants to do a whole spoiler-ific review but I refuse to neglect peeps who haven't read this, so I'll try and tag appropriately.
You know what, I'm not ashamed to admit it. It did get a little dusty in the room while reading this final volume. I did see Yorick and 355 eventually coming to terms with their feelings
coming but was totally caught off guard with 355's death
. I almost couldn't even take it! I love that Vaughan threw away the conventional ending and gave us something to think about.
The other thing I love is that despite what I had said in my book #9 review, we're still not totally clear on what caused the plague. This, I'm 110% okay with. I see no real reason to give us a definitive answer as I had noted before, it's pretty much irrelevant.
More people need to read this. Graphic novels and comics are a perfect medium for story telling and people who snub their noses at the format really need to look no further than this series. Granted, the series did lag a little in the middle volumes, it both started and finished strong.
While I'd love for this to become a TV series (there's no way you can fit this into a movie, or a trilogy no less), the graphic novels are perfect just the way they are and it's often pretty difficult to improve upon perfection.