Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover


Five stars, read in February 2015.

Bandette is fabulous, funny, and French. She’s a master thief who looks like Audrey Hepburn and behaves like a court jester. That pretty much sums up this book, and I don’t think you can do any better. She’s such an excellent character.

I find Lieutenant Price and Monsieur’s client—based on what we know about them so far—annoyingly cliche, especially in light of how fascinating and unique Bandette and her urchins are. Price is a fantastic officer, especially as illustrated in this two-page short, but her primary relevance to the story seems to be as personal assistant/secret devotee of the largely unappealing Inspector Belgique. But I’m so looking forward to the next volume, and who knows, maybe those two women will end up surprising me, too.

Plus, Tobin and Coover both work on superhero comics like Spiderman, Thor, Batman, and X-Men. So that’s cool.

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