Review: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank: A Torrid Tale of Child Crime by Matthew Rosenberg. Illustrated by Tyler Boss

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Published by Black Mask Studios

4 stars

Synopsis:

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans.When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices — let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige picks the bad one.180ish pages of full color comic-booking about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny from rising star writer Matthew Rosenberg (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KINGPIN, SECRET WARRIORS) and equally rising star artist Tyler Boss (LAZARUS, CALEXIT, Vice Magazine). This volume collects the complete series that Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, DARTH VADER) described as “Imagine Tarantino does Goonies. And excellent.” And Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y THE LAST MAN) said was “Exploding with ambition and love of the medium!”


This is a tough graphic novel to review – the story is full of contradictions; it’s funny and dark, violent and loving.

The story takes place in the 80s and shares some of the traits that makes Stranger Things so popular – D&D, misfit tweens and devoted friendship in times of trouble. Each volume starts with the main characters being portrayed by whichever toys or fantasy characters they’re playing as at the time, reminding us that they’re only kids, no matter what they get up to.

Paige is the strongest personality in her group of friends so she manages to convince them to help her save her father from himself by robbing a bank. Her behaviour gets daaaaark as she plans this heist and yet it’s still fun and entertaining to watch…

The illustrations have a unique style that fits well with the story, they’re not quite as generic as you find in most mainstream graphic novels and that gives it a real sense of individuality.

**Thank you NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review**

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