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iFanboy Mini #119 – The New York Four

Show Notes

Brian Wood is a bad ass writer of such comics like DMZ, Northlanders and Channel Zero. But he has a sensitive side as well, as evidenced by his latest book, The New York Four. Drawn by his collaborator on the hit book Local, Ryan Kelly.

The New York Four is the tale of a young girl trying to make it in the big city. Relationships, apartment woes and even romance all make for a fantastic book to read that’s a little bit off the typical fare of comics out there.


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  1. Oh I knew when I saw this at my LCS I thought: ‘Ron definitely has this….it’s so him’. Hey if it’s as good as Local or DMZ then I’ll give it a shot. Are most Minx books like this? I mean I know Marvel owns it, but I have Burnout at my work and it looks good too.

  2. I’ve read somewhere that this is like a guide to NYC seen trough the eyes of a teenager, and sinds I’m going to NYC in October I’m definitely going to check this out!

  3. @TheNextChampion – Minx isn’t a Marvel line, it’s a DC line.

  4. @conor: Yes, right after I posted that comment Ron stated it was a DC line. Bah! I need to know my publishers more -_-;

  5. Talk about ur crazy coincendences, I almost bought this book about 20 minutes ago at Borders. Insane!! I did however purchase Burnout, a couple days ago, another book from Minx. And really enjoyed. Anyone else read it?? If Burnout is any indication of the quality of books coming out of Minx, count me in for The New York Four and rest of the Minx line. 

  6. That’s the crazy thing about these minx books, there really hasn’t been one yet that I haven’t really enjoyed on eithr an art or story level – most of the time both…

  7. @ron: Like what is the point of the minx line? Is it just another way for DC to have an indie publisher? Or is there a gimmick to this whole thing?

    I’m thinking it’s more for girls or something on the lines of more girl protagonists. Cause NY Four has girl protagonists, and another one I’ve seen called ‘Water Baby’ is about a girl as well….It’s such a weird line…

  8. @TheNextChampion from dccomics.com/minx:

    "MINX is the first graphic novel imprint designed exclusively for teenage girls."


    MINX graphic novels contain smart, original stories about real girls in the real world. From risk takers to troublemakers, these protagonists don’t just play by their own rules, they make them up as they go along resulting in unexpected adventures.

    What you see is what you get with MINX — books that go beyond words — literally. From realism to fantasy, from road trips to cyber trips, the MINX books have a strong social conscience and are as amazing and unique as the girls who read them."

    Does that make me feel slightly creepy about myself now? a little bit – but they have great creators and they’re great books!



  9. It’s fine if you like books more aimed to at girls. Hell I liked Water Baby and I can see that as just an indie title. I wonder if this line is working in terms of getting girls on comics? As dirty as that last sentenced sounded (lol) I’m sure New York Four would be a great film or at least a good prose book as well as a comic.

  10. I’ve read most of the Minx books and generally enjoyed them — good creators, interesting characters, good art.  I’m possibly more interested in DC’s marketing strategy than in the books themselves.  From what I’ve read they’re doing better than expected with traditional comics store (mostly male) audiences, maybe not as well in bookstore sales among the young adult audiences they’re aimed at.  Still, it’s cool to see DC making an effort to reach out to a different audience; also, maybe it shows that male readers are more willing to read about female protagonists than most marketers assume. 

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