4 Kids Walk into a Bank trade paperback
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Tyler Boss
Flats: Clare Dezutti
Letters: Thomas Mauer
Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Price: $14.99 US
Goddamnit. The title for this book caught my eye when it was originally being released as a five-issue comic-book series, and I thought about checking it out. But there are always so many such comics that pique my interest, there’s no way for me to purchase and read them all. On the bright side, there’s such a thing as delayed gratification.
4 Kids Walk into a Bank is really unlike most comics or graphic novels with which many are familiar. It’s billed on the back as a “crime/humor” book, and I can see how some might describe it as such. Personally, finding even an amalgam of genres in which to slot this book is next to impossible. While it’s incredibly funny, I don’t really see 4 Kids as a comedy or humor book. One could try to label it a crime/coming-of-age story, but in some ways, its main protagonist, an 11-year-old girl, is the most realistic and mature player in the drama. I can describe accurately in this manner: it’s superb and should be on any mature comics reader’s must-read list for 2017.