Dark Horse Comics. Written by Paul Tobin. Art by Coleen Coover.
The world’s greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar in swinging Paris by the nome d’arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her skills on either side of the law, Bandette is a thorn in the sides of both police inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But it’s not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief discovers that an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead!
Bandette hit my radar this year when it was nominated for an Eisner award. It was a bright and lively digital comic that was popping up left, right and centre. So when I saw it was going to be released in a printed collection I knew this was my opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.
This comic is written in the French style. I haven’t read too many French comics before now but the ones I have read I’ve really enjoyed. I like the quirky art and the humorous story telling and in this sense Bandette fits right in. This may be a comic about a vigilante but it has none of the dark and angsty overtones that comics like Batman are known for. In fact quite the opposite, this comic is the furthest thing from dark. Instead it’s lighthearted and funny and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Bandette is actually quite campy – there’s a lot of witty one liners and banter between Bandette and her foes. At one point “knockout spray” was used, reminding me of the old Adam West Batman show.
The story moves along quickly, shoving you right into the action. Bandette is always on the run – both from danger and towards it. In a short amount of time you meet her arch nemesis – Monsieur, as well as organized crime ring that wants to bring her down. I liked how you were always sure Bandette was going to come out alright but you were never entirely sure how she was going to pull it off. She’s definitely one for thinking on her feet and using resources (like her friends) to their full potential.
Overall this is a fun, all ages comics that you should read when you’re looking for something light, fast paced and need a few laughs.
*side note: My advanced copy was really blurry and hard to read and sometimes I felt like I was missing something. This most likely won’t be a problem for the print so chances are this comic will be ever better in it’s final form!