In an effort to explore the second half of “can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em,” this series of comic books by Brian K. Vaughan imagines a world without men. A mysterious plague picks off every male being on the face of the earth — except two: Yorick Brown, a young escape artist, and his pet monkey, Ampersand. With the exception of a few radicals who do their best to shut down any efforts to bring back the men, women across the world worry that their species is doomed. A scientist, meanwhile, insists that cloning has made men obsolete. Widely praised, this exploration of gender issues and scientific ethics (among other things) is being turned into a feature film slated for release in 2011.