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The New York Four (New York Four #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  1,188 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
The ultimate insider's guide to New York City is presented through the eyes of Brooklyn-born Riley, who is starting her freshman year at NYU and is about to find out what an adventure--and a mystery--living in the Big Apple can be.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Minx
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Jan 10, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok
For the sake of a second star, I'm going to assume that New York Four was intended to be a multi-volume series, and that the characters were left hanging because DC Comics' Minx line closed, and not because the author and artist intended them to be stuck in plotline limbo forever. This was a short graphic novel that introduced four storylines (some introduced more halfheartedly than others) and only came close to resolving a few of their plot points. Main character Riley suffers from what we sha ...more
Jul 15, 2011 Júlía rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
so this comic is supposed to let the reader "experience" new york city through the eyes of this kind of (ok, very!) annoying girl who's a freshman at NYU.

this was interesting in an "oh look every place in my old neighborhood" sort of way but i'm not sure how cool it is if you've never lived in NYC. maybe, maybe useful, i dont know.

the story is interesting in theory but totally fails in practice mainly for the fact that it's two dudes trying to tell a story through the eyes/voice of this teenage
The main character is Shy. Then all of a sudden she makes friends with three girls who each have one-dimensional personalities. There’s the Slutty one, the Tomboy, and the Freaky one. They’re all freshmen at NYU, living in the greatest city in the world, and nothing fucking happens. It reads like a long episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation. (Yes, I still watch it, and can’t help myself.) But if it were a Degrassi episode, something would have actually happened. Someone would have died or got ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is another one of the graphic novels I won from on their giveaway for comic book day.

This is the story of a young college age woman in NYC learning about life for the first time. She ends up with a virtual boyfriend, a few in-the-flesh friends, and an older sister she's just getting to know.

There's more to come; not sure if I would pursue reading a sequel, but I was intrigued by the tantalizing clues about the photographer roommate.

And, I realize this is 2008. People still had
Timothy McNeil
Mar 08, 2014 Timothy McNeil rated it liked it
I didn't hate it. But I'm not sure that Wood and Kelly manage to really evoke the post-high school, cool in the city feeling of being on one's own. Part of the problem is that much of the story needs to revolve around Riley's relationships, but she goes 'missing' much of the time so the story doesn't really make it to the page. Her fellow classmates are not represented as being whole characters, but odd (and usually bad) amalgams of clichés.

Still, the art looked good. Wood's insertions of his o
May 20, 2015 Amory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 75-in-2015-maybe
Another great Minx imprint book (Which I just realized is owned by DC so... don't know whether to be sad this is all some giant company rather than scrappy indy imprint, or glad that these often-indy creators are getting the backing/visibility of a major publisher..).

cool college-aged coming-of-age story of protagonist trying to make real-world (as opposed to virtual text-only) friends... Sexy line art and detailed cityscapes from Ryan Kelly, who I associate with Wood (though clearly erroneously
Sep 10, 2008 Robin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one a lot more than I've enjoyed other Minx titles (my favorite thus far is Re-Gifters, and my least favorite was Clubbing...sadly, since I really love Andi Watson generally.)

Great art, good solid story, although it's crying out for a sequel (hopefully one is planned!?). I did enjoy the focus on learning to balance your online life with your real life -- I've been known to get sucked in to online stuff a bit too much, and I had a friend who had a serious problem remembering her "l
Mar 23, 2009 Raina rated it liked it
Pretty standard coming of age title about a girl's first semester of college at NYU. Coolish illustration style - especially liked author's "NY 101" notes interspersed throughout with tidbits about NYC. The plot didn't really do it for me, but the characters were likable and/or interesting, and I appreciated the rich focus on setting. High school, but primarily for time-of-life issues, since the characters are in college or older. And if I were booktalking a Minx at a high school, I'd go fo
Mar 21, 2012 Sonic rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
Ok. I did not finish this book.
Once again I find myself hating this guy. This writer.
But he is so cool ~ he lives in New York,~ and name-drops trendy indie-rock bands.
(scuse me while I retch)
(New York is a cool place to live, dude, but living there does NOT make you cool!)

I honestly feel like I know this kind of hipster douche-bag,
and I hate him.

Maybe I just have a chip on my shoulder. :)
Nick Kives
Nov 14, 2011 Nick Kives rated it really liked it
A sheltered girl who lives in Brooklyn but is never allowed to go into NYC, goes to college at NYU, and ends up meeting 3 other girls. Brian Wood has a way with character that in a story could turn out very mundane but he is able flush them out. If you like Brian Wood's other work like Local then you will probably like this as well as it has a very similar style.
David Bales
Mar 11, 2010 David Bales rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
A rather formulaic, brief graphic novel, with long-legged, voluptuous hot girls in college, (all drawn by a guy, naturally) who get up to various, boring stuff, including having a relationship by text. A fairly mediocre waste of 35 minutes.
Sandra Rosa
Aug 25, 2008 Sandra Rosa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, m, comics
I have to thank B. for getting this for me.
I'm crazy about the minx books, :P yeah i know, it's such a girl thing.
Either way, Brian Wood here shows us a both a story of growing up and how sometimes you just screw up, while at the same time showing us a picture of New York not everyone sees :)
Joseph Willis
Feb 09, 2011 Joseph Willis rated it it was amazing
Brian Wood's story telling is spot on with this first part of "The New York Four". The story focuses on four girls that are starting their first semester at NYU and all the problems that can have. Initially, I was worried this would get into cliche chick-lit territory, but Wood never drops into those. He spends a fair amount of time creating real people who inhabit a real New York. His love of the city is on display almost every page, and Ryan Kelly's art goes a long way to helping that. It is r ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was ok
After reading "The New York Four," I could really take it or leave it. Lots of potential and good story work, but it gets bogged down until ultimately the comic's not all that great. The main idea of a traditional coming of age story that takes place in NYC really isn't all that bad. Riley, our heroine, is struggling to enter the adult world, figure out how to actually interact with people, and find her own place in the world.

It's the little things that drag this story from a four to a three sta
Oct 09, 2014 Cristina rated it liked it
2.5 stars, after thinking about it again...

Honestly, the plot line didn't really impress me. The New York Four is about four young college freshman living in New York. The main character, Riley, is shy and has trouble making friends. However, this book starts after she realizes the three other girls she hangs out with are her friends and she has no idea how she made them. This sounds like the way I make friends as an adult, haha. Now that she has friends, all she does with her time is spend it t
Riley is shy and sheltered. She is also pretty obsessed with her smartphone. Online people are easy to talk to. When she starts going to college in Manhattan though, things start to change a little. For instance, she starts hanging out with her older sister. Riley hasn't seen her sister in ten years, not since she ran away from home. She also gets a crush on an online guy known as sneakerfreak. She's trying to keep up her grades, job and social life, and it's taking it's toll on her. She can't l ...more
Jul 20, 2008 Drew rated it really liked it
This is an original graphic novel by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, the team that brought you Local. I loved Local, and was glad to get this new tale from them, especially when I saw almost immediately that it had a very similar feel. It's the story of four girls who've moved into Manhattan to be freshmen at NYU. It especially focuses on Riley, a girl with overprotective parents who has learned to live on the internet rather than in real life. I hate to say it, because I could tell how pathetic it w ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Sam rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Probably the worst comic I've read in a while. And I do read a lot of bad ones.

This comic tries to be hip so hard that it becomes laughable. Keeps on piling references to things that are not important to the story and are all over the place. Add to that highly sketchy and unlikable characters, and a supposedly strong friendship between the titled 4 that it's nowhere to be found and we are left with the worst kind or work of art...the one designed to be "cooooooooooooooool" and that will fool peo
May 11, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Nice little coming-of-age story of Riley, a girl from Brooklyn who travels to Manhattan to attend NYU. Along the way she meets some friends, reconnects with her estranged sister, and meets a guy - someone who drops an email address in her pocket at a club. They start texting each other and quickly fall in love, forcing Riley to make some interesting choices about who she is as a person.

Overall this was a really fun read, despite not being my usual sort of flair. I had been expecting something a
Kate Sherrod
Jan 16, 2011 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it
This little OGN from Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly almost got a fifth star, but little things kept yanking me out of the story, namely the little guidebook/status updates. At first I thought they were cute ("New York 101: Broadway & Houston Streets... If you pronounced it like Houston, Texas, you are most likely a tourist. Say "house-tin" instead") but by the time they were explaining what a spider roll is, I was rolling my eyes and feeling condescended to, and annoyed to have my eye and thought ...more
Aug 05, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, teenagers
A really good start, and the best Minx book I've read so far.
Brian Wood doesn't set the world on fire with his plotting or storytelling tricks (the titular four girls conveniently have to explain themselves in therapy sessions), but it's a sturdy introduction to his more awesome contemporary love and conflict comics. The dialogue and scenes are great. It reads so quick, but at the end of the book I was disappointed that there's really only growth and explanation for Riley, the main character. Th
Kevin Peterson!
Feb 05, 2011 Kevin Peterson! rated it really liked it
I was a big fan of Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly's Demo series. I've wanted to read NY4 for years. I finally picked it up when the first issue of NY5 came out.

What sold me on this series, aside from the fact that it's about a bunch of cute college girls (although it's not a detraction), but how real they are. Real like Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane or Demo. These characters are real. We know people like them, they don't feel forced.

The main character is also eerily and unbelievably similar to me (asi
Oct 10, 2008 Amber rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teen girls 15+
Recommended to Amber by: Alex
I don't have a lot of experience with graphic novels, and since my fiance is very much into this genre - I asked him to make a couple of recommendations for me.

One of the first books he recommended was The New York Four. One of the beautiful things about graphic novels is that they are very quick reads. I read this book in about an hour.

It is an enjoyable, if intriguing, story about a girl named Riley from Brooklyn who is a freshman at NYU. The reader follows her through rekindling her relatio
Jun 24, 2012 Lizzie rated it liked it
The secondary characters and plot were weak sauce, not very memorable.
The references to indie culture without any real connection to the plot or environment. It just seemed like add ons. Cat Power title songs? What's the point? Was the main character just into Cat Power?
The author's occasional injections. Again, wasn't really sure of the point. I kind felt like I was being walked around NYC with an annoying tour guide who was trying to give me the "real deal"
Sadly, it doesn't make sense as a
Steve Chaput
Dec 01, 2011 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it
Writer Brian Wood and artist Ryan Kelly introduce us to Will Riley, a young woman just beginning her Freshman year at NYU in New York. Already suffering a strained relationship with her parents, who had turned their back on Will's older sister, Angie, years before.

We get to see the NYU community and the area around it as it was in 2007-2008. Having lived and worked in Brooklyn & Queens from '86 thru '06, I was familiar with that area. It's obvious that Wood and Kelly also know it well, since
Feb 05, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it
11/7/12: The New York Four is basically a "coming of age" story about a young girl named Riley who is starting her freshman year at NYU. She is incredibly shy and introverted, but has convinced her parents to let her go to the city for school. She has an ulterior motive though...she wants to reconnect with her outcast sister, who was banished from their family several years before for doing something "unthinkably bad". Riley has a serious attachment to her cellphone and is constantly texting and ...more
May 21, 2009 HeavyReader rated it it was ok
I recently read an article about Minx comics, which were aimed at girls and women, and then I stumbled across this comic from that line while pulling books for ILL. It looked interesting so I took it home to read it.

I liked it more while I was reading it than I did after I finished and gave it some thought.

The characters are all rather flat. (Ha! Comic book characters are flat! Ha!) Even the main character is broadly drawn. Her friends are more types than people, although the writer did try to f
Apr 22, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
7/10 (Good)

**Please Note**

If you have not read the conclusion of this story, found in The New York Five I highly recommend reading that first before passing full judgment on this book.

I thought that The New York Four was a one-off and was thus annoyed with how the character's and the story were left at the end of the book. The New York Four feels like half a story and as it turns out, it is only half of the story. This book really doesn't stand up on it's own. I originally gave this book
Mar 13, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Surprised myself. This book is awesome. I do like Brian Wood (DMZ) a lot, and this book doesn't disappoint. It's the story of painfully shy Riley leaving the nest for the first time. Her adventures (and misadventures) in New York City were thrilling to watch. Thought this one might be a little too girlie for me, but it wasn't. The New York Four reminded me of a manga novel. I've tried to read Japanese manga before, but had a difficult time with the plot. Character motivation seemed really baffli ...more
Mar 12, 2011 Erik rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of Brian Wood’s writing in the comic book medium, I didn’t hesitate to pick up the first issue of his The New York Five when it hits the newsstands back in January. Of course, I quickly discovered that a.) it is the follow-up to The New York Four, which b.) I completely missed, even though I was devouring anything written by him as I began following his ongoing titles Northlanders and DMZ. So in no short order, I checked out a copy of this, his first outing about NYU students Riley ...more
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“NY 101. It'll rob you and cheat you. It'll take your friends and turn them on you. It'll kick your ass and break your heart. But then it'll pick you up again, make you feel so totally alive and untouchable. It's the center of the world, it's the best place in the world, and once it's in your heart it'll never leave you.” 0 likes
“Another funny thing about living in this city is how easy it can be to lose track of people. We're all so busy, always rushing around, so wrapped up in our own stuff. It stops occurring to us to check in with friends. I mean REALLY check in with them.” 0 likes
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