This is your life as a kid. Eating pizza. Surviving school. Playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons. Robbing banks… Full stop. Robbing banks? In the coming-of-age crime story 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Tyler Boss explode traditional clichés about childhood to deliver a fresh and provocative graphic novel about family, friendships and the consequences of the choices we make.
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 makes a bad decision. And we can’t look away.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KINGPIN, ROCKET RACCOON) delivers hilarious, honest and heartbreaking dialogue that confirms his status as one of the comic book industry’s rising stars. Artist Tyler Boss (Vice Magazine, LAZARUS, CALEXIT) has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative cover artists and designers in comics; his stunning visual storytelling in 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK takes full advantage of the comic book medium. Collaborating together, Rosenberg and Boss pull off something almost as rare as a successful bank heist: a seamless collaboration that celebrates their, and our favorite, cultural touchstones—with loving nods to THE GODFATHER, STAR WARS, SCARFACE, and the films of Wes Anderson, Sidney Lumet and Quentin Tarantino—while creating a story that is immediate and original.
Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles-based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including BLACK, CALEXIT, THE DREGS, KIM & KIM and SPACE RIDERS will collect the acclaimed, five issue mini-series in book form for the first time this October. Retailing for $14.99, the 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK paperback will go on sale in comic shops on October 25, 2017 and in bookstores on November 7, 2017. Here’s what people are saying about the new graphic novel about growing up and grand larceny:
“Exploding with ambition and love of the medium!” — Brian K Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man)
“A mash-up of Wes Anderson-style whimsy and Reservoir Dogs that you never knew you needed — until now. —THE NERDIST
“The new comic to watch.” — THE MARY SUE
“Imagine Tarantino does Goonies. And excellent.” — Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine)
“Delights from start to finish.” — NEWSARAMA
“A great crime comic that also uses the medium in dynamic and experimental ways to tell its story. I thoroughly enjoyed every page.” — Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Kill or Be Killed)
“There are any number of things I could say about 4 KIDS, about Matthew Rosenberg’s sharp, smart writing or Tyler Boss’ elegant and evocative art, and it’d be praise, all of it, but the highest praise I can give is this — it kicks ass.” —Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Black Magick)
“4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK strikes that much needed balance between comedy and emotional resonance that soothes my funny bone and soul alike.” — BOOKRIOT
“You absolutely do NOT want to miss 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK. Rosenberg & Boss are BRILLIANT. It’s easily the best comic I’ve read so far this year.”—James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods)
“A fantastically funny comic that hides a dark side. Please don’t miss this.” — MULTIVERSITY
“A great little dark comedy about the actual violence and menace that we sometimes forget is essential to the experience of middle school. It’s like Wes Anderson had a nightmare after getting peer-pressured into having a cheesesteak.”— Alex Rubens, (Writer KEY & PEELE, COMMUNITY)