4 Kids walk into a bank in a dark comedy about a group of kids who end up committing a crime. It has Paige as the ringleader of a quartet of misfits and who are constantly making up games to entertain themselves with. She is a force to be reckoned with and most of this book can be summed up as this meme
Everyone: Paige no
Paige: Paige yes
On a more serious note, the story, while involving 11-12 year old characters is definitely not middle grade friendly. There is profanity, violence and lots of criminal shenanigans. When Paige finds out that her father's old associates are back in town and have roped him in to rob a bank, she makes a plan with her three friends Berger, Stretch and Walter to rob it before they can. Child logic, don't question it. She gets too carried away and they have a falling out but they also kinda rob the bank. Don't worry, there are consequences.
Overall it's a very comedic story and even the whole comic layout reflects it. Berger always ruins whatever they come up with, be it a game or their plans. Walter keeps throwing up. Paige sasses everyone in sight, is very impulsive and full of rage, much to the consternation of her father and her detective uncle. The artwork comes across as simplistic but it's very well done. The characters look dynamic, and alive even in two dimensions. Recommended if you are in the mood for preteen shenanigans that go awry.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, from Black Mask Studios, via Netgalley.