4 Kids Walk Into A Bank
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).

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank Details

Title4 Kids Walk Into A Bank
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBlack Mask Comics
ISBN-139781628751888
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Comix

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Paige is playing D&D with her friends when these shady guys knock on the door. Turns out they used to rob banks with her dad. Only problem is they are idiots. So what's a kid to do? Rob the bank first to keep her dad out of prison. Irreverent and fun. Paige is definitely a character to root for.If the Superior Foes of Spider-Man had children, they would be in this book. Also reminiscent of Matt Fraction and David Aja's run on Hawkeye, both in look and tone. Fans of Nick Spencer will love thi Paige is playing D&D with her friends when these shady guys knock on the door. Turns out they used to rob banks with her dad. Only problem is they are idiots. So what's a kid to do? Rob the bank first to keep her dad out of prison. Irreverent and fun. Paige is definitely a character to root for.If the Superior Foes of Spider-Man had children, they would be in this book. Also reminiscent of Matt Fraction and David Aja's run on Hawkeye, both in look and tone. Fans of Nick Spencer will love this book.Received an advance copy from Black Mask Comics and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    I thought I was reading the wrong book at first but it was a fun way of introducing the gang of kids. Some seems like Paige is the leader, and has some concerns for her Dad when a gang of 4 thugs turn up at her home.They need to take the play co-operation into the real world to overcome this latest enemy .I loved the story, the humour. Poor Berger seems to be the butt of their fun but it appears he also brings it on themselves and he is part of the group. Not that they are universally liked by t I thought I was reading the wrong book at first but it was a fun way of introducing the gang of kids. Some seems like Paige is the leader, and has some concerns for her Dad when a gang of 4 thugs turn up at her home.They need to take the play co-operation into the real world to overcome this latest enemy .I loved the story, the humour. Poor Berger seems to be the butt of their fun but it appears he also brings it on themselves and he is part of the group. Not that they are universally liked by the wider school population.A comic tale of 11 year old kids caught up in a crime caper it seems with Paige’s Dad somehow involved. The illustrations are first rate and the comedy is both subtle and rolling about the floor funny.It reminded me of a classic from my own childhood. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner.The best comic format story I have read and it is only part 1 with many more episodes to follow in the developing story. Where many struggle with compact text in lines, sentences and paragraphs. This is an excellent example of how well this art form can work. As stated I loved it.
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    How Entertaining Is This Book? Let Me Count the WaysThis book was entertaining on a number of different levels. The premise is solid. Four idiot crooks are planning a hopeless bank job and they're going to get our tough-as-nails hero kid's Dad mixed up in the mayhem. So, hero kid Paige and her three nerdy hero pals decide to pull the same caper first, thereby going for the block, the win, and saving Paige's Dad from a bad end. This is a remarkably clever set up, and certainly not derivative of o How Entertaining Is This Book? Let Me Count the WaysThis book was entertaining on a number of different levels. The premise is solid. Four idiot crooks are planning a hopeless bank job and they're going to get our tough-as-nails hero kid's Dad mixed up in the mayhem. So, hero kid Paige and her three nerdy hero pals decide to pull the same caper first, thereby going for the block, the win, and saving Paige's Dad from a bad end. This is a remarkably clever set up, and certainly not derivative of or an echo of anything else I've read. (MILD SPOILER HINT, though. It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.)Here's the good part. All four kids are well developed and very funny. Paige, (the hero kid), is smart and sassy in a world weary, prepubescent femme fatale sort of way. Then there's the skinny nerd, the shy nerd, and the clumsy doofus nerd. Actually, that's not really fair because while that's each kid's defining angle, all three kids are made of sterner, deeper, and more interesting stuff. There is humor in their mannerisms, their preoccupations, and their general approaches to life. As a gang of four there are almost endless opportunities for mayhem and humor.Each kid is smart and each is a master of a different variation on deadpan humor. Lots of funny throwaway lines. Paige is tough gal funny. Stretch is dry and ironic funny. Berger is clueless young Belushi style funny. And poor Walter is nervous sad sack funny. Everyone else, starting with Paige's Dad, gets a couple of good lines. And then we have the cons. They all have distinct personalities as well, and as they become more and more frustrated by the kids they get some of the best hard case funny lines in the book.The drawing carries the story well. It's always clear what's going on, and the characters are expressive and well presented. Backgrounds are well done and unfussy and the action is nicely framed, with an occasional impressionistic sort of panel that adds energy to the story. (Sometimes the kids talk to each other while playing video games, and so appear as their game characters. The authors have a lot of fun with that, and again that introduces visual variety and lots of sight gags.)All of that said, the book ultimately has to go somewhere, and it goes a little darker than I expected. On reflection maybe that's where it had to go, but it's worth noting that there's a touch of Reservoir Dogs in this tale's DNA. There's also enough mature content and cross-talk to put this in the higher-YA category, but I guess that isn't exactly a surprise either.Bottom line - I got a kick out of this, enjoyed the humor immensely, enjoyed a lot of the side action and throwaway bits, and was drawn along by the plot right up to the last page. Not a bad bottom line at all. (This volume collects the entire five issue story arc.)(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Kristin Boldon
    January 1, 1970
    More like 3.5 but with scrappy charm to spare. Think middle-school Tarantino bank robbers, but with more violence than is actually OK for middle schoolers.
  • Rob
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun, visually inventive comic from Black Mask.
  • Chad Jordahl
    January 1, 1970
    Read this in single issues. Fun story, more than a few laughs. The tone turned strangely and off-puttingly dark at the end tho
  • Souhail Khoury
    January 1, 1970
    This probably one of the best comics I have read this year, Matthew Rosenberg wrote an amazing story with relatable and deep characters. The art by Tyler Boss is superb with some impressive splash pages in the beginning of each issue with some 80s throwback like Arcade Games and D&D. Dialogue is witty plot is fun.Overall an amazing comic and Blackmask studios does it again! Matthew Rosenberg is a rising star and wrote one of the best comics of the last couple of years with We Can Never Go Ho This probably one of the best comics I have read this year, Matthew Rosenberg wrote an amazing story with relatable and deep characters. The art by Tyler Boss is superb with some impressive splash pages in the beginning of each issue with some 80s throwback like Arcade Games and D&D. Dialogue is witty plot is fun.Overall an amazing comic and Blackmask studios does it again! Matthew Rosenberg is a rising star and wrote one of the best comics of the last couple of years with We Can Never Go Home.Don't let the title fool you this comic is much more than a Bank Heist.
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  • Michael Moreci
    January 1, 1970
    Matt Rosenberg is one of my favorite comic writers, and this is one of my favorite books of his. It has heart, it has style, it has great characters and tons of charm to spare. I loved the way the story grew--and the stakes therein--and how intimately everything tied into the plot. It felt organic and rich, seamless and precise. Tyler Boss is a revelation, providing wonderful storytelling and such perfectly imagined characters.This is a tremendous book from a great team. A+ all around.
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  • Sebastien
    January 1, 1970
    This book was great, relatable characters for me.I laugh out loud something that rarely happens.This story was well written . A fun read ,I wish there was more.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This was amazing. I laughed/reacted aloud so many times.
  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing on nearly every level.
  • Jesse Richards
    January 1, 1970
    This is like if Stranger Things was in the crime/heist genre instead of horror.
  • Štěpán Tichý
    January 1, 1970
    Art style? 5/5Story? I just know how kids behave when they are 11/12. This is not it. This is weird.
  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    The four spoddy kids at a small town school team up to rob a bank, in order to stop one of their dads robbing a bank and getting in trouble (this is perfect child logic). All executed in a knowing, fourth-wall-aware but still often heartfelt style which recalls the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye, but for me works even better. Great fun all round, but then it would be: like the book says, robbing banks is fucking awesome.(Edelweiss ARC) [Originally added here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... - bu The four spoddy kids at a small town school team up to rob a bank, in order to stop one of their dads robbing a bank and getting in trouble (this is perfect child logic). All executed in a knowing, fourth-wall-aware but still often heartfelt style which recalls the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye, but for me works even better. Great fun all round, but then it would be: like the book says, robbing banks is fucking awesome.(Edelweiss ARC) [Originally added here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... - but the records for the collection and the first issue seem to have been switched]
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