“We Don’t Need Another Hero”: Agent 355 as an Original Black Female Hero in Y: The Last Man

  title={“We Don’t Need Another Hero”: Agent 355 as an Original Black Female Hero in Y: The Last Man},
  author={Diana Adesola Mafe},
  journal={African American Review},
  pages={33 - 48}
  • D. Mafe
  • Published 17 July 2015
  • Art
  • African American Review
This article reads the comic-book series Y: The Last Man as a subversive articulation of critical race and feminist discourses despite the guise of Eurocentricity and the pretext of a white male “protagonist.” I argue that the true protagonist of the series is the black female character Agent 355, an unconventional hero who complicates stereotypical representations of race, gender, class, and so on. Despite a post-apocalyptic setting where the male species is largely extinct, 355 (rather than… 
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