A comiXologist Recommends:
Mike Isenberg recommends Bandette #8
Whimsical and charming, gentlewoman thief Bandette is sure to steal your heart.
Written by Paul Tobin and drawn by his wife Colleen Coover (colleencoover), Bandette is a lighthearted crime tale about a young French girl who also happens to be the world’s greatest thief.
Bandette is cheerful and irreverent, never without a smile on her face and a joke on her tongue, even in the most deadly of circumstances. This gleeful sense of fun permeates the whole series, and it’s hard not to smile along with Bandette as she “liberates” great works of art from the villains that covet them.
The last few issues have seen Bandette in a friendly competition with rival thief Monsieur, racing to pilfer a list of prized cultural artifacts belonging to criminal mastermind Absinthe. Absinthe, meanwhile, has enlisted all the resources of his criminal enterprise FINIS to a singular task: kill Bandette. Issue #8 sees things really start to heat up as Monsieur, Bandette, police inspector Belgique, Absinthe, and the dread assassin Il Tredici all converge on FINIS headquarters at the same time.
Coover has an airy, cartoony style, gorgeously watercolored, that sets the tone of the book perfectly. Above all else, Bandette (the character as well as the book itself) is determined to have fun, and it’s clear on each page that Coover and Tobin have had a blast as well.
The Eisners nominated Bandette for four awards in 2013; Tobin and Coover ended up taking home the prize for Best Digital Comic. It was well deserved; this is a wonderful read. And at just 0.99 per issue, you really have no excuse not to check it out for yourself!
Kevin’s Picks of The Week (10/09/2013)
- PICK OF THE WEEK: Motorcycle Samurai #1: Overture: GVN FTW! A super fun comic that is just a blast to read! Really looking forward to where this story.
- Archer and Armstrong #14: Things are getting down right intense, for the guys as Valiant gears up to finish 2013 with some of their best books yet. Jump on board here, and get ready, the road ahead looks wild!
- Batman ‘66 #15: Colleen Coover drawing Retro Style Barbara Gordon Batgirl. What more needs to be said?
- Coffin Hill #1: This book is straight up spooky, like classic Sandman spooky, and it is just so great to see such a fresh creative team deliver on a book everyone had high hopes for.
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