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Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Story & Characters: B.J. Mendelson Art & Letters: Piotr Czaplarski Publisher: Self-Published

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank (tpb), cover, Black Mask Studios, Rosenberg/Boss

Because this is only a single issue, and not the trade paperback length I typically review, details are minimal. Especially as an introduction to a greater story arc, it’s difficult to judge the story overall.


The first issue from a budding, independent comics duo in which we meet a woman, a weapon and the wheels of a story set in motion.

Its Comixology page describes it as “… a wild, superhero-horror adventure set in the American West.”


(Minor Spoilers)

A story about supernatural possession, a flaming sword fused with a person’s soul, a lost love and a seemingly super-powered team who wants to save their friend from the powers possessing her.


  • The dialogue feels natural and conversational while keeping the plot moving – feels very influenced by Bendis (see image below)

  • A LOT is crammed into 27 pages, so you get your $3 worth

  • Czaplarski’s art is good with scenery, buildings; good balance between traditional panels and splashes

  • The lettering is well-placed and well-shaped and, while I’m uncertain on the color decisions for the dialogue, I also feel each colored bubble helps personalize its corresponding character

  • Pages that have color help bring clarity and life to busy panels

  • It’s easily, digitally available from Comixology!


  • As with the other comics reviewed this week, celebrating lesser known comics creators, it’s difficult and unfair to compare this comic to those of established professionals in the industry

  • This is an independent, self-published work created by people who can’t draw from a wealth of comics experience, so it may come off as less polished as the other titles I post about here

  • With characters we don’t know, lots of action and dialogue, and no color throughout most of the issue, it can be difficult to decipher what’s going on and who’s who

  • I don’t know if future issues will be only partially colored, like this issue, or if the plan is to go back and color the rest of this issue

  • The artist’s depictions of people aren’t on the same level as his landscapes and backgrounds – I think a more seasoned artist could elevate this title

  • With only a single issue available, it’s hard to tell if the juice is worth the squeeze on this one, and at $3, it’s only a dollar cheaper than options from major publishers

  • The artist isn’t credited on the cover

VOID TRIP (tpb), Image Comics, O’Sullivan/Klaus


If you’re interested in self-published comics, want to support budding creators, or are just curious, read it. If you’re looking for more colorful, polished works by folks who have been in the industry awhile, you may want to skip it and check out some of my other blogs and recommendations.


If you like the writing:

If you like the art:


B.J. Mendelson – Writer & Creator

  • New Face: This is his first comic for sale on Comixology

  • Has worked with Czaplarski on his other webcomics, mentioned above

  • Has made several appearances and even written a book on the ineffectiveness of social media on marketing and society as a whole

Piotr Czaplarski – Art, Letters (and Colors?)

  • New Face: This is one of his first forays into art for official comic books rather than fan art

  • Has also done illustrations for some of Mendelson’s other webcomics, as well as for books by various authors


The image(s) used in this article are from a comic strip, webcomic or the cover or interior of a comic book. The copyright for this image(s) is likely owned by either the publisher of the comic, the writer(s) and/or artist(s) who produced the comic. It is believed that the use of this image(s) qualifies as fair use under the United States copyright law. The image is used in a limited fashion in an educational manner in order to illustrate the points of the author and not for the purpose of entertainment or substituting the original work. It is believed the use of this image has had no impact on the market value of the original work.

All B.J. Mendelson characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are trademarks of and copyright B. J. Mendelson or their respective owners. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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