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The women of the Banks family are the most successful thieves in Chicago, but during the heist of a lifetime, they must band together to avenge a loved one taken too soon.


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The women of the Banks family are the most successful thieves in Chicago, but during the heist of a lifetime, they must band together to avenge a loved one taken too soon.

30 review for The Banks

  1. 5 out of 5

    xTx xTx

    sexy ass story about three generations of hot ass ladies kicking ass and taking names. enjoyed it so much. need a part two

  2. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Maluck

    I'm on board for the character building and family history/reunion... but where's the heist? They talk about being skilled thieves more than they actually steal anything.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I greatly appreciate Roxane Gay, but this didn't quite click, despite my expectations. Some of the dialogue felt clunky and awkward to me, and I didn't find myself wanting to know what happened next. Some of the tropes felt tired as a result. That being said, the art was wonderful. The graphic novel cover is my absolute favorite, it looks like a James Bond poster.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mac

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m sorry if this offends someone, but this isn’t a good comic or a good story. The plot reads like a very bad Tyler Perry movie (and that’s saying something.) It is plodding, with plot holes you can drive through, no payoff (the actual heist part),) and the plot is broken up by random sex scenes featuring black queer women. The reasoning makes no sense, and the conflict between grandmother and granddaughter is forced as hell. I respect the historical aspects of it as a whole (a comic story feat I’m sorry if this offends someone, but this isn’t a good comic or a good story. The plot reads like a very bad Tyler Perry movie (and that’s saying something.) It is plodding, with plot holes you can drive through, no payoff (the actual heist part),) and the plot is broken up by random sex scenes featuring black queer women. The reasoning makes no sense, and the conflict between grandmother and granddaughter is forced as hell. I respect the historical aspects of it as a whole (a comic story featuring black queer women,) but it could have been executed much much better than this. It seems like the idea was created but nothing more than that. And the artwork is as serviceable as the story, which isn’t saying much. Black women, black queer women, and black female comics fans deserve better than this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This wasn't bad. I just feel the character development and relationships didn't get the depth they needed for this story. Like you kind of understand the treadmill fiction but not why or how it got that bad (specifically between grandmother and granddaughter). Even tho some, not all, sections had dates, it was hard for me to get a feeling of the pacing of the present-day story. Overall, I didn't hate the story but it definitely felt like a lot of detail or content was missing. *****Semi spoiler b This wasn't bad. I just feel the character development and relationships didn't get the depth they needed for this story. Like you kind of understand the treadmill fiction but not why or how it got that bad (specifically between grandmother and granddaughter). Even tho some, not all, sections had dates, it was hard for me to get a feeling of the pacing of the present-day story. Overall, I didn't hate the story but it definitely felt like a lot of detail or content was missing. *****Semi spoiler but not really***** Also, I don't know how a granddaughter who didn't know the full story of how her grandfather died, a very strained relationship with her grandma (and Mom honestly but that's a parent/child relationship), and no established relationship with her grandfather, suddenly felt so emboldened to try and kill the guy who caused it (who deserved it honestly).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Clark

    Wonderful comic series that tells a multigenerational tale of a Chicago family (and their business of crime). Which is sexy, diverse, action packed, smartly written and beautifully drawn. TKO press is impressive in the level of creators they have brought together to create new series and graphic novels. I read this in the collected trade format and as a long time (but no longer) Chicagoan I appreciated the many nods to Chicago woven throughout the book. Highly recommended for fans of crime stori Wonderful comic series that tells a multigenerational tale of a Chicago family (and their business of crime). Which is sexy, diverse, action packed, smartly written and beautifully drawn. TKO press is impressive in the level of creators they have brought together to create new series and graphic novels. I read this in the collected trade format and as a long time (but no longer) Chicagoan I appreciated the many nods to Chicago woven throughout the book. Highly recommended for fans of crime stories well told and well crafted.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul Swanson

    I liked the concept here but the execution was a little painful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tod Hilton

    An interesting tale of three generations working together to steal several lifetimes worth of money and take a little vengeance. I enjoyed getting to know the Banks women history and motivations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Pluck

    Fans of Criminal take note. A great read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    The art is nice. The premise was so interesting. But the rest.... the characters were awful. Everything felt fake. It’s just not for me at all

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nepurko

    Loved the entire box set. The art was great and the story was captivating and real.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jabari

    The solid writing I expect from Roxane Gay, with artwork that was good but not great. I read the set in one sitting, which speaks to concise writing tailored for comics, with heist story twists that sucked me to see what happens next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael Howley

    This was a great concept that didn't quite come through in execution. As others have said, the characters spend way more time talking about heists than they do actually criming. The characters were great, and the inter-generational story was fantastic for something with so few pages. But the way things skipped around without warning, I can't help but think that half to two thirds of these six issues got edited out. This should have been much longer.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

    Wonderful characterization with a great plot!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    A heist story where the characters talk about how great they are at heisting but we never see it. A family character study where we miss the conversations where the characters see their differences before moving on. A love story, when it's convenient for the plot. A revenge story that nearly works. This book tries valiantly to be several different thing, and doesn't pull any of them off. I kept rooting for it to get better but it was a disappointment. Most of the problems involve pacing and seemi A heist story where the characters talk about how great they are at heisting but we never see it. A family character study where we miss the conversations where the characters see their differences before moving on. A love story, when it's convenient for the plot. A revenge story that nearly works. This book tries valiantly to be several different thing, and doesn't pull any of them off. I kept rooting for it to get better but it was a disappointment. Most of the problems involve pacing and seeming to skip the more interesting parts of the story to show cheap soap opera moments that hint at character growth that we never see. The police character angle seemed tacked on in the final edit and was grating every time she showed up. It was almost as if scenes from a bad episode of Law & Order were pasted into the book at random. I'm glad the book exists, and I hope it's successful enough that TKO and smaller publishers keep getting writers of color and queer writes to write queer stories and stories about non-white people. While this was, at best, a mediocre heist story, it was still a better read than the mediocre white heist stories I've read on Image and some of the smaller presses (Thief Of Thieves collapses to mind). I've still got my fingers crossed that I'll finally get a Roxane Gay graphic novel as entertaining and well put together as their Twitter feed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abriana

    I haven't seen this book anywhere aside from being mentioned by Roxane Gay herself on Twitter which is just appalling to me. Overall the concept is really cool and refreshing and a little edgy - three generations of black women who are professional thieves taking on a heist to steal a shit ton of money from a white-collar crime boss. I really enjoyed the characterization here. They each had their own moral code and limitations which I felt made this bizarre set up very human. All of the women fe I haven't seen this book anywhere aside from being mentioned by Roxane Gay herself on Twitter which is just appalling to me. Overall the concept is really cool and refreshing and a little edgy - three generations of black women who are professional thieves taking on a heist to steal a shit ton of money from a white-collar crime boss. I really enjoyed the characterization here. They each had their own moral code and limitations which I felt made this bizarre set up very human. All of the women felt unique which I think is sometimes hard to do in comics when you're trying to move a fast-paced complex plot along. However, I think that element was able to be strong because the plot really wasn't. It felt like a preview to a bigger story. I enjoyed it, and I haven't read anything like it content-wise - but it wasn't particularly memorable. Perhaps if there's another installment, almost setting up a series, this would fare better for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    3 ½ stars I enjoyed this team up of Roxane Gay/Ming Doyle/Jordie Bellaire very greatly. The story (The women of the Banks family are the most successful thieves in Chicago, but during the heist of a lifetime, they must band together to avenge a loved one taken too soon.) and characters were compelling and dramatic, and this absolutely could be a fantastic tv show. I was cheering for the women in the Banks family! Read during the (unofficial) January 24-in-48 ♥

  18. 4 out of 5

    s w

    Comic series about three generations of women who rob from a rich a-hole that’s set in Chicago? Written by Roxane Gay?? Sign me the hell up. Loved the art style and the narrative structure. My dings are that I wanted more heist content and the ending felt a little perfunctory, but I still enjoyed reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Osvaldo

    While it was refreshing to have a comic featuring smart and capable (and queer) Black women, the story itself felt very generic, while the art was uneven in quality and uninspired in terms of layout and narrative structure. The ending also felt rushed and thus perfunctory. Disappointing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I admit I picked this up so I could finish the year on an even 60 books. A very satisfying graphic novel by Roxane Gay and Ming Doyle. Three generations of black women, a family of thieves, money and revenge, what's not to love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lanita Foley

    This is a wonderfully fun romp of a story with non-stereotypical characters. I loved Roxane Gay’s World of Wakanda. This falls right in line. I also enjoyed Ming Doyle’s beautiful art work. Go get the box set!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Scott Gould

    Man, this was so bad it was laughable. It kind of reminded me of the Playboy Special—where we got an A list writer and, because we paid well, they’d send us whatever didn’t make the cut elsewhere.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Verity W

    I quite liked it but it made me anxious the whole way through that bad things would happen. The art is great but the timeline jumps are sometimes confusing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karma♥Bites ^.~

    FUCK NO. Book has inflated idea of its taste level.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I love graphic novels, and this one didn't dissapoint. It felt like an old school comic, but with well-rounded women of color.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cam

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matti

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kris Dooley

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