A Modern Classic; 4 Kids Walk into a Bank – Review
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Tyler Boss
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Publisher: Black Mask Studios
4 Kids Walk into a Bank is the tale of four school friends Daniel, Pat, Walter, and Paige. A coming of age adventure of finding that the real world doesn’t match up with the imaginary games, figures and hopes of their youth. Cleverly written the story is engagingly funny from the first page. Our protagonists qualities whether positive or negative are shrewdly displayed through choice of characters in the various board and video games that inhabit their pass times.
4 disreputable strangers show up at Paige’s home to visit her dad. And suddenly this tale of youth takes on the bleak and foreboding air of Tom Hank’s Road to Perdition. Where quickly it becomes clear that things have gone bad, you just keep hoping it wouldn’t go real bad. They show up again at the school grounds the next day. And as a result the kids decide to take matters into their own hands and figure out who these mystery men are and what they want.
Finally, staking out the these guys haunts is decided, a local pizza joint. Finding Paige’s dad there with them throws the kids even further down the rabbit hole. By this time they are all aware nothing good can come of their discoveries. Paige’s simple life of games and hanging out is transformed into a constant occupation of figuring out how to remove these new problems from her and her father’s life.
Desperation is never the mother of sound choices. And so it is decided that our heroes will save Paige’s dad by robbing the local bank before her dad is forced to. But the theme of childhood dreams not meeting adult reality comes through in spades as the plan unravels and not only Paige is left in its wake.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg is also the mind behind We Can Never Go Home, 2016’s Rocket Raccoon first five issues among other Marvel, DC, and independent projects. He has also lent his talents to the Occupy Comics and Love is Love projects. He crafts a coming-of-age tale that will go down as the Pulp Fiction cult classic of comics. The characters feel as real as any you’ve met or known. And his writing skills make you feel painfully aware of what may come all while never wanting to put it down.
Tyler Boss’ vintage yet perfect looking visuals lnd to the amazing story crafting. The frames are beautifully set and only add to the mood and feel of the story. The panels are simply constructed to not take from the story. Yet much of the feel of the story is told through Boss’ ability to evoke the proper emotions from the characters faces. This tale wouldn’t the same without his work here.
4 Kids Walk into a Bank is a modern classic. This is the format to read this story if you haven’t yet. The story is poignant and very much worth the price of admission! It isn’t often that such an enjoyable read comes across your desk. Add this to your library now. Your comic acumen will be added to significantly by having this in your collection. 4 Kids Walk into a Bank will certainly become a cult classic as time marches on.