The New York Five #4

The New York Five #4

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Ryan Kelly Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: April 27, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 2
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The semester is in full swing and our four (five?) girls could not be more on their own. But when tragedy strikes, they realize what a small world the big city can be and discover the strength sticking together gives them.

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt May 2, 2011

    In keeping with the book's "slice of life" themes, the series doesn't end with anything earth-shattering. Some people have changed, some haven't, and they all have to come to terms with a couple of unexpected developments. You can't fault the technique on display, and if the utter lack of testosterone in the subject matter puts you off, then it's ultimately your loss to deal with. In a genre overwhelmed by male characters, it's great to see a male creative team attempt a female-led book, and for them to get it so right. "New York Five" and its predecessor might ultimately feel like the smaller siblings of Wood and Kelly's previous series, "Local," but it's just as perfectly formed. If nothing else, they've created a comic you would be proud to give to your female friends and relatives " and ultimately, the industry can always use more of those. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Apr 27, 2011

    Ryan Kelly once again delivers with grace, style, and accuracy. The opening silent sequence of the girls in different parts of the city doing different things is nothing short of stunning, leading to the double-page spread of their empty apartment. It's such a simple spread – merely their empty kitchen/living room combo – but Kelly evokes so much emotion from his style and pacing that you'll feel the emptiness, rather than simply observing it. There is one unfortunate note I have to make about this issue though; Kelly's inks are replaced by Jim Rugg's midway through the issue. It's a noticeable changeover that loses much of Kelly's definitive style and loses some of the finer details that has made this book so gorgeous. It doesn't hinder the storytelling in any way, but it's a distracting little clause that leaves this issue's art short of perfect. Read Full Review

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