I’ve finished reading the first two books I received today. The first one is “The New York Four”, written by Brian Wood and drawn by Ryan Kelly, followed by it’s sequel, “The New York Five”, also by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly. I really love both of these. They were a joy to read. Both stories center around four friends living in New York that meet during college. It’s a very good drama, with some nice little touches of comedy. All the main characters are women in their early 20’s, which is a nice alternative to comics that don’t feature these kind of characters, i.e. superhero comics and the like. It’s a very real story, in that, it’s not overly complex in it’s writing, but it’s unique and it has a lot of heart to it, which is always a pleasure to see.
Both feature the same art style to them, which reminded me a little bit of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” series, only less stylized and more realistic, given the nature of the setting, story and characters. Even though I was reminded of “Scott Pilgrims” style, I was never detracted from the story of either book. I think this just proves to me how well it was made.
I think if you’re looking for something a little more real in your comics, you should check these two stories out. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and maybe even cheer.
I know I did.