Mellette, Justin: "Of Men and Mongrels. Myth and Queer Representation in Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man and Saga." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2021), S. 1–16.
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Keywords: "Saga", "Y: The Last Man", Canada, Gender, Guerra. Pia, Sexuality, Staples. Fiona, USA, Vaughan. Brian K.
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
This essay argues for the narrative possibilities of Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man as a queer response to the hero myth, an attempt at rejecting a triumphant heteronormative ideology, before turning to the ongoing publication of his ongoing series Saga and its celebration of sex and sexualities deemed aberrant. Whereas Y: The Last Man examines a cisgender straight white male, Saga is replete with celebratory depictions of characters of various species and sexualities, a fantastical representation of Sedgwick’s axiom ‘People are different from each other,’ utilising the additive possibilities of sequential comics to introduce new characters and species to complicate the gender and sexual dynamics; the significance lies not merely in presenting such characters marked in the text as queer, but also in asking us to consider the ways in which the comics medium forces readers to reorient themselves, upsetting the traditional gender roles one might ascribe to them.
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