Well I didn't see that coming.. The final volume of "Y- THE LAST MAN" certainly had some surprises in store, and I bet very few readers were able to accurately predict how the story would end. The personal journeys of Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann were the main focus of the entire series, and they got most of the attention during this final volume as well. I found their stories compelling, believable, and satisfying (if not always happy), and at the end of this book you really feel like to got the entire tale. No sudden departure or leaving the reader wondering here, as Vaughn delivers what you'd expect from a master story-teller, giving you all the detail (and epilogue) to wrap the story up completely. Less satisfying was the revelations about what actually killed all the males and why Yorick (and Ampersand) alone were spared. It doesn't really take away from the overall enjoyment of the story, but I was really expecting something more imaginative and provocative than what was delivered. But, it goes back to the point that the main focus of the series was the personal stories of the characters, and not so much the global story of gendercide and recovery. Overall, an extremely well-done conclusion to an absolutely wonderful series.
As for these deluxe hardcover editions, I totally recommend them. High-quality paper, some additional artwork, large format, dust jacket, and bonus material make these editions must have for collectors and simply better than the trade paperbacks. When you consider that these are really two volumes in one, they actually come out cheaper too, so there is really no reason why you wouldn't go with these deluxe editions if you're trying to decide between the two.