Review: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1 CoverA fun crime caper about children! Eleven-year-old Paige and her weirdo friends have a problem: a gang of ex-cons need her dad’s help on a heist… the problem is those ex-cons are morons. If Paige wants to keep her dad out of trouble, she’s going to have to pull off the heist herself. Like Wes Anderson remaking Reservoir Dogs, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is a very dark and moderately humorous story about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny.

In the first issue of 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, writer Matthew Rosenberg gives us the kids, not so much the bank aspect, and that’s quite ok since the kids we get are beyond entertaining and so full of quirks you’ll swear you knew people like them. I think that’s what has me enjoying this first issue so much, each of the kids have personality and then some. They feel like people you know or knew and for geeks like me, people you gamed with. While that might sound like they’re stereotypes, each character has surprises that has them stand out as unique individuals. And on top of that, they’re really fun. The whole comic is fun.

Part of that fun and style is brought to us by artist Tyler Boss who has a look that reminds me of some of my favorite modern noir/crime comics. The style gives it a gritty look that also is accessible. But, beyond the vibe of the comic, what Boss does is give each character a personality in their look that matches what Rosenberg has written. These are characters who are unique in their personality and their looks. Everyone stands out as individuals and nothing is stock here.

The first issue has really impressed me and as the launch title of the next class of Black Mask Studios comic books, it’s a hell of a start that shows off why this publisher is one to watch out for. Can’t wait to read the second issue and see where this all goes, especially as to how that bank comes into play.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Tyler Boss Lettered: Thomas Mauer
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review