Graphic Novel Review: The New York Four by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly

The Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, the Concrete Jungle, New York . . . New York. No matter what you call it New York City is famous and more famous for the stories people live when they are there. Whether you are young or old New York eventually does a number on you.

             Minx Comics      Published: July 22,2008                  176 Pages
Minx Comics
Published: July 22,2008
176 Pages

In this graphic novel, Riley, who was born and raised under the sheltered environment of her parents in Brooklyn, NY. But no amounts of shelter can hide her from her freshmen year at NYU (New York University). There she is opened to stories she never thought would happen.

Now this book is a coming of age book. Riley is no longer sheltered although her parents do try to keep a bit of a leash on her. She begins the book as the nervous wreck but she begins to find her way.

Firstly, what I loved about this book the insane attention to detail Brain Wood (the author) was able to capture. This is not just in the artwork, which was done by Ryan Kelly, The artwork because was perfect. It looks easy, honest, and real; as if the illustrator had a model for his work.

But as the story for a man to really get a grip on a girl being let out on her own in the middle of NY and she is not from a hick town looking for her first shot of fame . . . .  I thought was great. The friends that Riley comes to love are completely up and down, New Yorkers; they are a bit of everything.  I also loved the fact that he didn’t make every person Riley met aggressive.

Overall this graphic novel will get a 9 out of 10. Great story line but it leaves you wondering WHICH IS OKAY! Because there is a second book called the New York Five


Tania Lasenburg is a communications major  that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

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