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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Reader's Diary #1712- Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Tyler Boss (artist): 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank

I've heard a lot of hype around 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank and to be honest, it probably made me judge Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss's 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank a little more critically than had I discovered the book on my own.

This tale of a quartet of misfit kids robbing a bank is certainly entertaining and funny. It hits the nostalgia buttons of Stranger Things and Paper Girls (though I'm a little unclear what the time period is meant to be in this case), has the imagination of The Lego Movie, the edge and quirk of a Tarantino movie, but I'm not sure that it's as good as any of those. The characters are well defined and interesting, the plot is unique, and it is certainly stylistic but it's perhaps there where it fell apart, at least a little, for me.

I wasn't wild about the art. It's minimalistic in the vein of David Aja's work on Hawkeye, complete with the flat pastel colours of Tintin comics. Boss also plays with panel sizes, reminding me Chris Ware's art. Again, these are all good comparisons. Sometimes though the characters movement felt stiff and unrealistic; people walking without bending their knees enough, that sort of thing. And the dimensions were also off from time to time. Panels, for instance, showing the front of a van present the driver and passenger as being way too far apart.

It all sounds rather nit-picky on part and again, I did quite enjoy it. Because of the slight imperfections, however, I'm just not sure it deserved all the hype.

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