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4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Tyler Boss Publisher: Black Mask Studios

4 Kids Walk into a Bank, cover, Black Mask, Rosenberg/Boss

WHAT IS IT?

A bank heist story meets the pre-pubescent-friendship genre.

Like Stranger Things or The Goonies, but replace all the supernatural/sci-fi stuff with the traditional crime trappings of Reservoir Dogs or Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

(Minor Spoilers)

A girl and her small, tight-knit group of friends are your typical middle school outcasts. Their seemingly normal life gets a little more exciting when a rough group of ex-cons enter it abruptly and sweep the girl’s dad up into their plans to rob a bank.

Following the sort of half-baked, heartfelt logic behind most decisions 12-year-olds make, the group decides to save her father by robbing the bank first.

Hijinks ensue.

WHAT WORKS?

  • The story balances the preteen kid genre with the crime genre really well

  • There are laugh-out-loud moments of humor and recurring gags

  • The art is stylish, humorous and even gorgeous at times (see image)

  • It’s a page-turner: straightforward, not getting bogged down in details

  • Clean, expressive art

  • Your young adult can read it – it has some cursing and violence, but it’s not R-rated

  • Representation: the main character’s a girl, and she has a Jewish friend and another friend who is a person of color and likes to play female characters

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • In an effort to keep the pace, the characters lose depth and can feel one-dimensional

  • If you’re not into a story about kids being friends or bank robbing, you probably won’t be into this

  • Outside of merging two genres together, it doesn’t necessarily do anything groundbreaking for either genre

  • SMALL SPOILER: The actual bank heist could’ve taken up more time – it felt like it was there and then it was over

4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Black Mask, Rosenberg/Boss

WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

It’s a fun, enjoyable, surprisingly-poignant-for-the-genre experience from a team of talented creators.

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?


If you like the writing:

  • Stray Bullets by David Lapham

  • Kingpin by Matthew Rosenberg & Ben Torres

  • Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang

If you like the art:

  • Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja

  • Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli

  • Southern Bastards, Vol. 1 by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Matthew Rosenberg – Writer

  • A fairly new name in comics

  • Has gotten more and more praise from his comics work in the crime genre

  • On the Rise: He just got an exclusive contract to write for Marvel Comics

Tyler Boss – Artist

  • Also fairly new to the comics scene

  • This is one of the first comics he’s done pencils on (usually, another artist has done pencils first, and he inks them before a colorist adds the color)

  • New Face: You might not see a lot of covers with his name on it yet, but I’d expect to see more after this comic’s success

Thomas Mauer – Letterer

  • Has been lettering for over a decade

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