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Review: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5

The bank!

It’s all been building to this in a journey that’s built since April 2016. And even with the delays and the wait, it’s been worth the wait to see how writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Tyler Boss wrap up their kids robbing a bank story.

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5 definitely delivers in what will probably be a controversional and debated final issue that leaves a lot open to interpretation and definitely is a gut punch in a lot of ways. Rosenberg with every issue has remembered that these are kids we’re dealing with and every issue that has been front and center in so many ways. This issue is no different as the plan to rob the bank goes into motion and of course things go off the rails. It’s not something I’m going in depth about because what happens and how Rosenberg presents it is shocking and heartwrenching in a lot of way. That’s partially due to the fact each of these kids are relatable and ones we grew up knowing (or in fact were).

The art by Tyler Boss is fantastic as always with a style that’s one of my favorite out there, similar to David Aja’s work on Hawkeye. There’s a sort of retro-cool about it that draws you in and his ability to create such personalities through each kids’ look and movements is fantastic. This is one where the detail in the artwork adds a lot to the story.

Letterer Thomas Mauer does a fantastic job as always and for those that have read the series knows Mauer has nailed it with certain characters and their speaking habits. The “volume” of the dialogue is controlled with mastery.

Just a fantastic ending that has me hoping for more but at the same time hoping we don’t Rosenberg leaves a lot up to debate and does so in a way that the adventure will continue through our imagination. If you haven’t read the series, this is one to go back to the beginning and see what you’re missing. Being able to sit down and read it in one sitting without gaps ups the enjoyment immensely, but even after such a wait, it’s completely worth it.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Tyler Boss Lettered: Thomas Mauer
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrated by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer

The bank!

Me Like Bees Teams with Image Comics in New Music Video

Music and comics are being tied together more and more and we have another example. Me Like Bees is teaming up with Image Comics for a soundtrack for the new comic series The Realm.

A music video for the first of five singles “The River Divides” has been released. You can watch it below.

The Realm is a post-apocalyptic high fantasy comic series about a group who are coming to grips with a hostile new world. They also struggle with their checkered pasts that pale in comparison to the horrors they are forced to survive daily.

The Realm is out in comic shops September 13. The series was co-created by Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun. It also features colors by Nick Filardi and letters by Thomas Mauer.

 

Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun Launch The Realm

Co-creators Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun team up with colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Thomas Mauer for The Realm, a new ongoing series that dives into the grit and chaos of the post-apocalyptic world.

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth: orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors that threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight tooth and nail to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem.

The Realm #1 Cover A by Jeremy Haun and Nick Filardi (Diamond code: JUL170714) and Cover B by Tony Moore (Diamond code: JUL170715) will launch on Wednesday, September 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 21st.

Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #4

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #4

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrated by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer
In Stores: May 17

Things go wrong. Things begin to fall apart. Time to arrange a date with a trucker.

Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #3

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #3

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer
In Stores: December 21, 2016

Next Wednesday sees the release of the thrilling-ish but much delayed third issue of breakout hit 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK. As plans begin to form (sort of), and dangers are overcome (sort of), this issue finally brings readers the thing they oddly have been clamoring for– The Bank!

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4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #3 Stops for some Charity Work

The third issue of 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #3 will hit comic shop shelves on December 21st, but a few folks will have the chance to get it a bit early. The 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank team are continuing their tradition of trying to raise money for charity and having books with a lot of different covers.

This exclusive edition, limited to 105 copies, features a brand new cover by series wallpaper designer Courtney Menard and some bonus process pages that will not be featured in the regular issues. All of the proceeds from this edition will be donated to The National LGBTQ Task Force.

Instead of just doing a variant, the creators will actually be donating money from the sales of the comic.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, with art by Tyler Boss, lettered by Thomas Mauer, cover by Menard, and flats by Clare Dezutti will have 3 different version on sale direct from Courtney Menard’s webstore.

The first version is just the comic for $10, second is comic + sketch for $20, and third is comic + sketch + script + original page for $300.

The regular edition will be in stores December 21st.

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Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #2

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer
In Stores: June 29th

Our story resumes shortly after the events of issue one, so we can watch our four protagonists descend further into a life of crime and juvenilia, and move ever closer to maybe, in a later issue, coming near a bank. Suspense!

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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

Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer
In Stores: April 27th

A 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 & moderately humorous story about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny.

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1 Cover

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