If you liked Stranger Things, you need to be reading 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank
(you also need to be reading Paper Girls and Plutona)
KIDS ON BIKES GETTING INTO MISADVENTURES AND SOLVING MYSERIES BUT IT’S NOT DUMB AND KIDDY IT’S NOSTALGIC AND AWESOEM MOTHER FUCKER
That might be a little too long for a genre name, but it’s about as succingt as I can get
Yo bro did you like Stranger Things? Of course you fuckin did, you’re not a dumbass. Stranger Things is weirdly perfectly nostalgic (and not in the, ugh, “click like if only nineties kids understand eating cheerios” kind of way) but in the, uh, fuckin memes stole the word nostalgia from us so let’s retreat to a better one… it’s fuckin WISTFUL and PERFECT in a way that “takes you back” (fuckers stole that one too) er uh TRANSPORTS YOU TO THE WAY YOU FELT WHEN YOU WERE A KID but when you were a kid you didn’t feel like you were a kid, y’know, you felt like fucking human person, but like, a slightly different human person than the one you are now? And weirdly you are still close to that person (because you share a brain and a body and who else are you going to do that with you creep) but also, like, very far away from? So these kinds of feelings are like a weird little journey into your own damn self (shut the fuck up you fucking philosophy major, get a job), which is sorta…. indulgent and fun in a way that other stuff isn’t?
Anyway fuck off yeah we all know what nostalgia is, I guess we don’t have to explain it.
Anyway you liked Stranger Things because it was Wistful and reminded you of what it felt to be a previous version of you.
THAT’S GREAT ASSHOLE NOW START READING 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK
Like holy shit my parents might have had a chair with that exact background. Then fuckin here’s the second and third pages:
And at first you’re like, what the fuck, is this some dumb fantasy bullshit, this isn’t what I signed up for.
Then you read the names and you’re like, ohhhhh I know hat’s going on, and then you turn the page and THE FIRST SCENE IS KIDS PLAYING DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS DOES THAT RING A FUCKING BELL YOU BINGE WATCHING SON OF A BITCH
And all of a sudden you’ve got these KIDS but they aren’t, like KIDS FROM A KID’S SHOW, they’re fucking HUMANS who YOU IDENTIFY WITH because they are PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF YOU, and the setting is just, like, fuckin, do you remember making lollipop ghosts and eating trix and the smell of crab apples?
but it’s not just a nostalgia circle fuck, that would be boring as hell. These kids (okay how many times are you going to make the point that they are kids but not in the boring Dora the Explorer way, these are fucking KIDS FOR ADULTS and wait that doesnt’ sound right abort abort abort) are like FULLY REALIZED CHARACTERS in a way that most characters (in comics, tv, movies, fuckin “real” books) fuckin AREN’T
This rant is already full of fucking cliches, but the story is CHARACTER DRIVEN and the characters are, uh, REALISTIC AND REMINISCIENT in a way that most stories would kill for.
ANY FUCKING WAY, you’ve got these kids, and of course they get into SOME HIJINKS when they come into contact with some BAD GUYS who might know the main character (who is a girl btw, fuck you Stranger Things with your cisgendered heteronormatice caucasian-centric privilege) ‘s dad
And it’s also, I feel like I’m being an asshole and just sucking this comi’cs dick, but it’s also fucking HILARIOUS and the kids these days would say ON POINT and by that we mean it’s ACCURATE even if it’s fiction
And I don’t know what else to say man, if you liked Stranger Things, this comic is like that ONLY BETTER. You’ve got the nostalgia factor, you’ve got a character-driven story, you’ve got a big mystery, youv’e got kids on bikes, you’ve got small town whimsy, you’ve got hilarious format-centric jokes that are just fucking gleeful
JUST FUCKING READ THIS BOOK
AND IT’S ONLY ONE ISSUE TWO. Usually I rant about books that are a few issues in, like maybe it makes sense to get the trade and wah BUT FUCK YOU JUST GO TO YOUR LOCAL COMIC BOOK STORE AND ASK FOR THE FIRST TWO ISSUES OF 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK AND THEN START A PULL LIST FOR THE THIRD ISSUE WHICH ISN’T OUT YET
and there is so much I’m leaving out but I just googled “video games where you are an animal” so I have a pretty full schedule so let’s get on with it
let’s do another one
As always, this rant would be lame as shit if all I did was swoon, so I gotta find something to bitch about But I mean, I dunno, fuckin, this might be my new favorite comic coming out right now. What is there to bitch about? I mean, I guess I was a little confused about the last page of the second issue when I first read it, like, I wasn’t sure who that guy was at first but then I realized who it was and it was a big HOLY SHIT THAT’S AWESOME CINEMATOGROPHY moment
And fuck that’s another thing I wanted to say, THIS COMIC HAS GREAT CINEMATOGROPHY so A FUCKING GAIN if you liked Stranger Things, fucking read this book god dam nit
and okay maybe that’s something I can bitch about. I’m, like, look, I’m all for people enjoying shit at whatever level and participation amount and you do you, fuck nerd shaming or fake nerd shaming or whatever, if you like something that’s cool no questions asked
but I dunno man, there’s something… frustrating? about seeing the internet rant and fuckin rave about Stranger Things (which is a great work of show and the actress who plays Eleven is my second favorite actress next to the lady from Orphan Black) and then sorta STOP THERE, like, oh man, we loved this, too bad there aren’t more things like it
THERE ARE MORE THINGS LIKE IT YOU FUCKING EIGHTIES OR NINETIES BABY, they are just in comic books and you don’t give them a fucking chance
And again, man, fine, enjoy things on your own level, but I feel like shaking these people through the internet, or at least sending them unsolicited copies of this book (and Plutona, and Paper Girls) to open them up into an entire fucking world of SHIT THAT’S THIS GOOD
fuck I forgot about this part, nah fuck it I already know what the answer is
This comic is a memory of what you and your life used to look and feel like, mixed with the bit of excitement you used to feel about WHAT IT COULD BE, mixed with a weird bit of sadness at looking around and seeing WHAT IT DID BE, thinking about people you used to know and people you lost contact with and people you know now, and the comparison and contrastion of all of the above. Add a little bit of creepiness and that feeling when you started staying home by yourself for the first time, mixed with how you feel when you stay home alone now.
This is a plastic orange pumpkin full of halloween candy.
It’s the memory of trading that candy with your cousins, and the realization that you haven’t talked to those people in 20 years. It’s cute and sad and funny and American and correct and