Writer: Madison Grace
Opening with a fierce battle against a dragon and ending on a stake-out, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank cleverly tells a coming-of-age tale about four young kids who are about to find themselves in the middle of a heist.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg’s latest five-part series for Black Mask Studios takes the imagination and naiveté of children and contrasts it through interactions with adult themes. The audience gets the feel of this style right away with the opening battle between three mature looking warriors fighting off a dragon. With the interactions between these warriors, it immediately becomes apparent that our main warriors are actually bickering children.
After a tidal wave of orange soda unsuspectingly washes onto the world of the dragon, the writer brings the reader back to the present reality of four kids playing a session of Dungeons and Dragons.
Both in gameplay and in real life, the reader gets a good bearing on what type of person each child is like–the obnoxious bickering orc is a cursing little brat while the quiet, unassuming elf is the hesitant, quiet kid. The reader is given an immediate sense of every character from each unique kid to the four contrasting villains.
Just as the kids enter with a bang, we are introduced to our four adult villains with them entering their home and punching one of the children in the face. As with all crime capers, the coincidences of the kids running into the shady adults becomes too suspicious, leading them to take matters into their own hands. With one long “BORING” stake out, the kids learn the truth of why these adults have been bothering one of their families.
Illustrator Tyler Boss uses body language to further develop these characters. He makes use of the repeated panel comic-trope a few times throughout this issue, but enhances it by making it funny and engaging with just a simple eye shift or a mumbled word.
This mini-series was a delight from start to finish. The narrator interacts with its readers using clever writing that doesn’t hold back depicting how young teenagers truly are.
If you are looking for a story that blends both The Goonies and Reservoir Dogs, this mini-series is guaranteed to be right up your alley.