One thing that came out of this weekend was that I spent four days with a number of people whose comic book collections are far better than mine.
And they didn't mind sharing.
So I finally got a chance to read things like 100 Bullets and Electra: Assassin and the last book of Dark Knight Strikes Again -- but what's been sticking in my mind is Y: The Last Man.
It's really the most astounding book. It's apocalyptic, but not; it's funny, touching, sad, and shocking. There are little moments I keep recalling, certain panels that spring to mind in full detail. Amazingly well-defined characters, with so many strong women and one boy of a man left among them.
It's not perfect (the "Twenty Minutes Earlier" device gets used an awful lot, and it, you know, SHOULDN'T) but it's just such a strong, interesting take on the "last man on Earth" scenario, with the focus on rebuilding the world in the aftermath, finding solutions, mourning and hope.
It's quite a thing. Everyone should read it -- or at least check out the sample pages at Salon. Because who knows? Three days later, you may still be thinking about it.