4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1
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4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Tyler Boss Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: April 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 18
8.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

A fun(ish) 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, 4KWIAB is a very dark & moderately humorous story about friendship, growing up, D & D, puking, skinheads, grand larceny, and family.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Kieran Fisher Apr 25, 2016

    Not only is this the best opening issue to a series in 2016, its one of the best first issues Ive read in my entire life. Period. 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank is a must read for anyone whos ever been a kid. If you only buy one comic book this week this month, even then make sure its this one. You will not regret it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Nov 8, 2017

    I'm just going to spell this out and make it really simple, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is phenomenal and one of the best books that I have read all year. The ending is heartfelt and earned, Paige is one of the best characters in recent memory, and the art is stellar. Pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Apr 27, 2016

    Matthew Rosenberg was born to write comics! He has quickly made a name for himself as one of the most talented up and coming writers in the business. Much like he did in We Can Never Go Home, his words and his overall creativity just resonate well with comic book readers. It's funny, witty, honest, charming, and was just so much fun to read. Everyone, meet your new favorite comic book! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Apr 20, 2016

    Altogether, while 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank leads to a place that's fairly transparent by the middle of the first issue, it remains a humongous achievement for this team and Black Mask in general. This sits right at the top of my recommendations for anyone looking how to do fun comics really, really, really well. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Brad Sloan Jun 19, 2016

    This comic combines parts of manyvery tonallydifferent genres and makes it work. There are a lot of fine stories with similar elements out there, but 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK feels totally distinct as a whole. If you're looking for a non-superhero story from a small publisher, take a chance on this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Apr 28, 2016

    A fantastically funny comic that hides a dark side. Please don't miss this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Apr 26, 2016

    4 Kids Walk into a Bank #1 was a sensational read, getting this new mini-series off to a terrific start. Not only does it give us an engaging premise, but it does so in a fun, light hearted manner, with the creative team introducing us to four intriguing young characters in the process. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Apr 27, 2016

    4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1 does so much with so little. We establish our zany cast of characters,who feel authentic with distinct personalities and body language. We get ourselves a little bit of mystery. Sharp wit, engaging characters and simple, but expressive art. The clear art of Boss gives characters life that seems very vivid and exciting. Rosenberg and Boss do an amazing job presenting 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1 as a thrilling, witting and compelling comic that grabs you with its premise and keeps you with its art and characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Apr 20, 2016

    Overall, 4KWIAB was a real surprise. It's laugh out loud funny, with some sweet nostalgic moments and some surprisingly nice character depth. The first issue sets a nice stage for the rest of the series to blow me away, so while we do still seem to be in set up stage, there's plenty to love in the first issue to make it worth a purchase. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Apr 21, 2016

    This is a terrific first issue, one that indicated that the rest of the miniseries could be a top-notch release from Black Mask Studios. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith May 1, 2016

    This is a good start to what is sure to be another hit series from Black Mask. With titles like We Can Never Go Home and Space Riders, this series has huge shoes to fill. Thats the thing, I dont think it will fill those shoes- I think this unique series will stomp through its own path and leave its own hallmark of foot prints for books to live up to in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Apr 26, 2016

    Its small stumbles aside, the team behind 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1 have put together an intriguing and fun take on the ragtag adventure kids genre that spares no effort for even the smallest of details. Tyler Boss and Clare Dezutti are a strong artistic team, and Courtney Menard's background design is a perfect touch to set the tone early on. Rosenberg is a strong and thoughtful writer capable of countless small touches that elevate the book in unexpected ways, littering the kids' interactions with innocent exchanges -- such as none of them batting an eye when Walter winds up the D&D princess -- that remind you these are good kids whose greatest sins are some cusses and fighting kids who maybe deserved it. You might wind up liking them too much to want to follow the dangerous twists and turns a heist book can take, but you'll definitely like 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1 enough to want to know how their story ends. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Project-Nerd - Alex Cox Apr 25, 2016

    I was really impressed with the pacing of the book"the creative team isn't afraid to squeeze as many panels as they can into a page and on several pages they maxed out 24 panels. The panel-heavy pages flowed with the story and may not have had the same results if the book were in less capable hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FanboyNation - Josh Heffington Apr 29, 2016

    4 Kids Walk Into A Bank is one of the funnest books in a long time Its a book that I have honestly read at least four times now. I'm still amazed how long it takes each time, and finding stuff that I didn't see the previous time. There is so much to process each time you read between the story, backgrounds, and the art and knowing you'll get your monies worth with this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Apr 16, 2016

    This was a great read and one that is highly recommended to all looking for something fresh and different in what can feel like a stale market of heroes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Apr 27, 2016

    4 Kids Walk into a Bank#1 is a painfully funny return to the awkwardness of middle school wrapped around a crime mystery story that is just beginning to heat up. It's like if you dropped the cast of Freaks and Geeks sans stoners into the middle ofReservoir Dogs.The pre-teens are overmatched for the most part, but they occasionally triumph, and it's pure catharsis every time, like when Berger uses his trusty slingshot to shoot his DnDcharacter, the orc warlord Crotch, at one of the gangsters in retribution for sucker punching Paige.Writer Matthew Rosenberg's adolescent characters actually sound like twelve year olds instead of younger looking adults, and artist Tyler Boss' clever use of layouts make for a pleasing reading experience with lots of visual comedy. With the characters introduced and fleshed out, the real fun is ready to begin. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 3, 2016

    This isn't a book for everyone, but it's an interesting start. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 27, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Apr 21, 2016

    4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is a really interesting first issue, and this mini series is shaping up to be a lot of fun with a dangerous, yet genuinely funny and charming core. It comes out next week, so head down to your local comic shop or check it online on April 27th. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Apr 20, 2016

    Theres an attitude to 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank thats borderline cocky, but infinitely cool. Its a boldness in its difference and an indifference to its own boldness. Rosenberg, Boss, and Mauer have crafted a stylish visual mosaic thats filled to the brim with earnest and hilarious heart centered around this group of friends going off on an adventure in an anytime setting. It is absolutely worth a shot and ready to hoist you on its shoulders if youre looking to get down with a high with a little help from some new friends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 28, 2016

    This series has been approved for a second printing, being released on May 25th. If you’re into crime stories, and generally awesome storytelling, you can’t miss out on this series. This is great first issue, and I can’t recommend it enough. Enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 2, 2016

    Credit goes to Rosenberg who makes it feel like The Goonies meets Oceans 11 mishmash. This is two vastly different properties that should not flow together the way they do but execution is just stellar.   Tyler Boss on art/color duties gives the adventure an 80's type feel with subdued colors and a throwback look which I'm a huge fan of when done correctly like this.  I thoroughly enjoyed all the jokes present throughout the title and look forward to coming back to this group of foul mouth kids with a no quit attitude as soon as Black Mask Studios gives me more.  Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Apr 29, 2016

    From the basic idea to the crisp visual notes, whatever you imagine based on that cover is bound to be better than what is inside. Boss is a real talent with great promise, one to be watched as he refines some of the skills and influences on display here. Yet the script squanders what he and the other visual collaborators bring to the table. There is no pushing back against the rigid grids and dense dialogue of the comic as it continues, and it collapses under its own weight. No matter how good 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank may sound, it's better to wait for the next thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    CelebrityButts Jan 27, 2017

    Solid start, love the artwork, the d and d opening reminded me of the tv series stranger things! The characters are well defined, the only bit that weirded me out was a scene where lots of characters suddenly appeared out of nowhere and I felt it wasn't clearly handled. The jokes are funny, there appears to be a cartman type character who plays the fool throughout and gives it that south park vibe. At first the number of panels is daunting but actually it allows for some great back and forth exchanges. (I wish there was more of that kind of approach as I love Chris Ware and hope more comics take cues from him - that issue pizza dog in Hawkeye as an example) so yeaaaah really good issue, cliffhanger was decent too. Onwards with the next issu more

  • 8.0
    Gizmo May 11, 2016

    Great introduction, the characters have personality and chemistry, which really elevates the experience. There are plenty of laughs and skilled panel work. The story plot hasn't had a chance to kick in yet, but you get an idea for where it is going. Check this out if you are into Goonie type stuff.

  • 8.0
    BrightestDaycare.com May 6, 2016

    This book kind of seems like a modern twist on Stand by Me with a gangster twist. I love the artwork, and I think the story has a lot of promise, but I think I would have liked there to be a bit more background on our cast of characters in this issue. Maybe our "mysterious gang" could have benefitted from each getting a more focused introduction, PLUS our little rascals could have benefitted from a bit more thorough description of their personalities and roles within the group dynamic. I love the CB radio scene, with the "over, over over" dialogue and the creep who jumps on looking to party with all the pills and cash he has, which isn't much. This issue ends on a nice, if not a bit predictable cliffhanger, and sets up the rest of the story more

  • 6.0
    comicster Oct 27, 2016

    I thought this book was okay. The story/characters seemed really cliched. The art was cool, same with the cover. Pretty bland to gush out a ten with. I feel the same blandness with 'we can never go home' however I thought the coolest scene was with Duncan in jail. I'll try one more. Black mask studios is just kinda meh.

  • 6.0
    EggMath Apr 27, 2016

    A comic with potential that I feel was squandered by the writing. But it may just not be for me. There were editorial notes that were just cringe inducing and entirely unnecessary. And some panels had text which I felt were superfluous and I think they would have worked better with just the art.

    Also why is it that the guys are all losers/pathetic while the girl is some badass. I guess I've been seeing this (and things similar) far too often nowadays and it feels far too cliche. I'd like some variety for the females I read in fiction.

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