Review by Nolan P. Smith
With the sophomore issue for Black Mask Studios’ 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, we get more superb characterization, dialogue, and some major occurrences that put this book passed the speed limit before you know it.
From writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Tyler Boss, the second issue picks up after our quartet of protagonist witness Paige’s dad having a grand old-time with the dirt bags that roughed up one of the kids last issue. Of course, being kids, they act out their emotions, and boy, does Paige let her emotions take over. We get more excellent interaction between not only the four, but with new faces- punks from school, Paige’s uncle, who happens to be on the police force, and more. But it’s what happens at the end that sends this series on a collision course for the bank heist we all know is coming.
Rosenberg continues to nail the scripts and dialogue here. Everything feels so natural it’s like he has there four characters at his disposal and literally records their conversations and nuances. Boss ‘s artwork and mastery of the sequential art platform is evident here, with some fantastic sequences of panels that could literally only be done in comic book format.
This series has stepped on the gas pedal, and if you haven’t been reading it, I recommend picking up the first two issues. Rosenberg and Boss create a comic book that isn’t of the norm, which is exactly what the industry needs more of.
Rating: 8.50 out of 10.
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