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The New York Four Paperback – July 22, 2008
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It's a fun concept for a graphic novel, and with an illustrator as talented as Kelly, one whose work so effortlessly captures real life and true human features, it's a natural. Wood unfortunately dips into pedantry at times with his descriptions (he assumes his audience is not only completely unaware of New York, but also doesn't know who Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison are). No matter. The New York Four has more than enough charm to make up for this, starting with the fact that it's delightfully free of melodrama. It's not purposely dark and insular.
While The New York Four is ostensibly about four friends, the title could just as easily be about the 4 subway train. That's how deeply into the heart of the city the book delves, and how much it succeeds in capturing the look and feel of the city. The story centers primarily on just one of the gang of four (the other three are fascinating too, but they're seen primarily in sequel-preparing glimpses). Riley is a native New Yorker, but her freshman year at NYU is her first trip into Manhattan. She's been raised by obsessively overprotective parents in Brooklyn, pushed to excel academically but not allowed to develop her own interests. Even her personality is sheltered and underformed.Read more ›
To be honest, I originally wanted to hold off on getting this book because of its target demographic, but as soon as I saw the preview art on it I was sold. The art was every bit as good as Local's and Brian's writing was just as good.
I loved the format as well, I've always wanted to read a manga sized American comic. It has the same feel as a manga volume and it has the structure of one too. It's broken down into bite sized chapters, much like in manga, and you can easily finish reading it in about an hour or so (if you're a slow reader like me).
Like in Local, we have a female protaganist, Riley, who has just enrolled into NYU. She's a quiet character though and that dynamic soon comes into play; she has to fend for herself right from the get-go and she soon finds that university is just the beginning of her struggles. But, thankfully, she has help in the form of her girlfriends. Before long, this book unfolds pretty much the way you expect it to, 'girl' problems abound.
In other words, its just like Local but with a lighter tone. And that's great if you want more of that kind of storytelling. If you aren't looking for another Local, then I'm afraid you may find yourself getting bored very quickly. My suggestion would be to read the preview first and see if you like it; that's what I did and that paid off big time; this book will be a permanant fixture on my bookshelf.
It's the little things that drag this story from a four to a three star. First off, it's a little trendy. It has that whole NYC worship going on, occasionally encourages that hipper-than-thou, I heard that band first attitude, and titles each chapter with the name of a Cat Power song. The book's trying a little too hard to be cool. Secondly, at least half of the group of girls that composes 'The New York Four' have serious issues, that seem to get brushed aside as small, quirky personality faults. One of the girls is described as dating five different guys concurrently, while also dating another guy in order to keep her job. Another of the girls is actually a stalker. Full-fledged, possibly scary movie stalker. Developing her own secretly taken photographs and everything. Additionally, the major plot twist of the story can be seen coming from a mile away. And taking the mystery out of the ending is one of the quickest ways to kill interest in a book.
These flaws overpower Riley's story. Between Riley trying to become an adult and reconnecting with her family, Wood has a pretty solid storyline. Ryan Kelly's art is also very solid.Read more ›
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Awesome as I'd expect from Brian Wood. The sequel NY Five was even better.Published 11 months ago by Thomas Lacy
I read this book was very unoriginal and predictable I almost stopped reading it it was a quick read I guess it would be great for someone very young and someone who doesn't know a... Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by mln9
Riley is shy and sheltered. She is also pretty obsessed with her smartphone. Online people are easy to talk to. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Brittany Moore
I was a bit disappointed upon receiving New York Four. It wasn't the coming-of-age story I was expecting. Instead, it was bland and formulaic. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by Murdock
This graphic novel focuses around four friends who meet while at university and plan on getting a place together. Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Steven R. McEvoy
The New York Four is a book that is actually worthy of the title graphic "novel." The story and characters are as complex and interesting as in any prose novel or movie. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by Steve Fuson