January 7 2021

The Banks, by Roxanne Gay

The Banks

The Banks, by Roxanne Gay and Ming Doyle

Title: The Banks
Author: Roxanne Gay
Illustrator: Ming Doyle
Genre/ issues: Comic. Crime fiction. Queer rep. Family legacy.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

The Banks, by Roxanne Gay, Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire. This was a great read, beautifully illustrated in rich and vibrant tones. The Banks family have been the most successful family of thieves in Chicago for 50 years, and whilst the father/ grandfather may have done a few stints in prison, the women in the family have stayed clean by living by their golden rules: get in, get away, get paid, and never get greedy. The youngest Banks woman became arguably the biggest crook, however – an investment banker in line for a lucrative partnership at her firm. She stumbles across the opportunity for the heist of a lifetime, which may be just enough to bring the family back together again – for both an incredible score, and a chance at revenge.
If you liked Ocean’s 8 for its female-led heist narrative, then you’ll love this. The Banks family are strong and fabulous black women, and there’s a wonderful queer relationship thrown in for good measure. A fast-paced short -run comic series in a genre that isn’t one that I usually reach for, but Roxanne Gay’s name on the cover was enough to make me pick it up. I’m so glad I did!

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Happy reading,




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Posted January 7, 2021 by Tamara Reads in category Book chat, Graphic Novels

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