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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616552794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616552794
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Bandette feels like a comic book adaptation of a beloved yet campy 60s TV show like Adam West's Batman, whose heroes and villains are gleefully parodying their roles, the storylines are wilfully crazy and a freewheeling sense of fun pervades the entire enterprise; but of course it isn't. Bandette is an original comic by husband and wife team Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover starring Maxime Plouffe, a young lady and our heroine, who trips the light fantastic as her alter ego Bandette the gentlewoman thief, "liberating" works of art from those who have acquired them through illicit means. Assisting her is her little dog Pimento, a delivery boy called Daniel, street kids, and a trio of ballerinas! But her numerous escapades bring her to the attention of a criminal organisation masquerading as a charity: Friends In Need Improvement Society, or FINIS for short, who decide to get rid of Bandette - once and for all!

Bandette is a really, really charming and delightful character and book. If you're looking for dark and brooding characters or a world grounded in harsh realism, you won't find it here. Bandette is a character who is constantly smiling and is surrounded by friends who help her in her puckish rogue adventures - she's no dark solitary operator. Paul Tobin writes the book in a very breezy, lightweight and accessible style ("How dare you shoot at me? How rude!") where even though real threats like bank robbers and gangsters appear, they're not dealt with with over-the-top violence; instead Bandette utilises "knockout spray" (another feature that reminded me of Batman 66) and acting to outwit her foes.

The comic is drawn in a strongly European-influenced style, probably to match the French setting, like the Commissioner Gordon-type character, Inspector B.D.
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Coover and Tobin have put together a wonderfully whimsical world. A love letter to classic bande dessinée. The sly, cheeky protagonist, the down trodden always one step behind detective and a great supporting cast. All the tropes are here.
Highly recommended.
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Too simple and short. Mainly for kids and teens.
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HASH(0x9c6e3edc) out of 5 stars All Ages Adventure 19 Nov. 2013
By Michael Link - Published on Amazon.com
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Presto!

Dark Horse seems to be making a habit of printing these digital first comics into fantastic collected volumes. Its a good habit to have, Dark Horse.

Bandette is fun.... Probably the most accurate work for it. Bandette is also more fun when you read everything with a silly French accent, non? Writer Paul Tobin and artist Colleen Coover created one of the most exciting adventures that I've read.... I was going to say "in a long time", but so many good graphic novels have came out recently! I guarantee you'll crack a smile or two at the dialogue. I applaud Tobin at creating quite a few fantastic one-liners.

One of the turn offs I could see for others would be the art... Many would look at this and think it is a comic for young girls, but I assure you that it isn't. The art is the main thing that drew me to the comic. It is masterfully ink washed by Colleen Coover (a process she thankfully shares in a tutorial at the end of the book) and some of the content is adult. Colleen is no stranger to adult material (check out Small Favors), but it is kept to a level where I would feel comfortable letting my teenager read it.

From a parent's standpoint, there is a scene where a man and woman are about to make out, but hey are still clohed in underwear. Another is after the main story in a short by a different artist. It has reference to a bordello and has a woman topless, but covering herself. There is also some bad language, but it isn't used very often. Two, maybe three times.

The physical package is perfect. Smaller than the usual graphic novel, but hardbound with thick, glossy pages. Because the main story is relatively short, there are several short comics by different artists, as well as a 10+ page "glimpse" into the creative process behind Bandette. Definitely a nice presentation for the low price. Again with the good habits, Dark Horse. =)

Overall, great volume. Can't wait for more. (And if you're like me, you'll get the digital comics on Comixology. Issue 6 should be out now.)
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HASH(0x9c2dc144) out of 5 stars Charming and fun. If you like the cover, buy it. You won't be disappointed. 11 Feb. 2014
By Wayne A McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bandette is a great comic. Light-hearted and full of fun, it’s a breath of fresh air in a world of super serious post-modern comics. Bandette is a thief. She bounces around rooftops, fights with agility, all while staying one step ahead of her opponents and the law. She yells out her trademark ‘Presto!’ with a joy that seems to elude most modern comics.

She steals but isn’t above helping those in need, or assisting the law. She even helps her nemesis on the police force, Inspector Belgique, to stop a bank robbery with hostages. Her criminal opponent in Monsieur, and there is a sword-wielding criminal named Matadori. Whether these are all actually enemies or just good-natured friends who occasionally fight for fun is unclear (and really doesn’t matter). Bandette has a whole troupe of orphans that assist her in her capers. Even the shadow organization that wants to put a stop to Bandette can’t put a damper on this charming heroine.

Art by Colleen Coover has a cool retro 1960s vibe and is just fabulous. The story takes place in Paris, and has the feel of the New Wave film movement of that time. I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more of Bandette. Very recommended.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this very fun graphic novel.
HASH(0x9c2dc384) out of 5 stars Imaginative and Fun 19 Nov. 2013
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bandette is a fun, very 1960s French retro graphic novel that really puts an exclamation mark back into comics without resorting to a Batman TV series type of sub-silly pastiche.

from the start, we're introduced to the lovely Bandette - a free-spirited Robin Hood type of thief with enough joie-de-vivre to light up Paris. She is quirky, quippy, care-free, and happens to only steal from bad guys with the help of city regulars: love-smitted Daniel, street urchins, and a group of plucky ballerinas. But Bandette has a rival in fellow thief Monsier - and he's heard that the nefarious all-around bad guy Absinthe wants her thornish presence permanently removed. Can Bandette survive not only the Monsieur's interference, a special forces detective's investigation, and assassin The Matador's prickly blade? !mais oui!

I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The 1960s influences were well done - colorful graphics, a moped as an escape car, and a very low tech inner city Paris type of world. As well, there are some interesting historical references - objects that don't exist such as a lost Shakespeare work along with priceless objects that do: Remembrandt, a flowing hair coin, and even a first edition of the Scarecrow of Oz. Clearly, there is a lot of great culture to be had within Bandette's infallible savoir faire

The dialogue is snappy, the art cheerful, and the action exuberant. There is a lot to like here and it is very obvious after reading why this is an Eisner winner. It's a breath of fresh air in the current drearily serious comic zeitgeist.

The book sets up the Absinthe revenge storyline - with the promise of more to come. Featured at the end are 50+ pages of cute vignette stories on side characters (even Bandette's dog Pimento!), info on the stolen items, script excerpt, and info on the illustrative processing from drawing to coloring. So there is a lot to love in this graphic novel.

Received as an ARC from the publisher.
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bandette feels like a comic book adaptation of a beloved yet campy 60s TV show like Adam West's Batman, whose heroes and villains are gleefully parodying their roles, the storylines are wilfully crazy and a freewheeling sense of fun pervades the entire enterprise; but of course it isn't. Bandette is an original comic by husband and wife team Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover starring Maxime Plouffe, a young lady and our heroine, who trips the light fantastic as her alter ego Bandette the gentlewoman thief, "liberating" works of art from those who have acquired them through illicit means. Assisting her is her little dog Pimento, a delivery boy called Daniel, street kids, and a trio of ballerinas! But her numerous escapades bring her to the attention of a criminal organisation masquerading as a charity: Friends In Need Improvement Society, or FINIS for short, who decide to get rid of Bandette - once and for all!

Bandette is a really, really charming and delightful character and book. If you're looking for dark and brooding characters or a world grounded in harsh realism, you won't find it here. Bandette is a character who is constantly smiling and is surrounded by friends who help her in her puckish rogue adventures - she's no dark solitary operator. Paul Tobin writes the book in a very breezy, lightweight and accessible style ("How dare you shoot at me? How rude!") where even though real threats like bank robbers and gangsters appear, they're not dealt with with over-the-top violence; instead Bandette utilises "knockout spray" (another feature that reminded me of Batman 66) and acting to outwit her foes.

The comic is drawn in a strongly European-influenced style, probably to match the French setting, like the Commissioner Gordon-type character, Inspector B.D. Belgique, who looks like a cross between Goscinny and Uderzo's Asterix and Dupuy and Berberian's Monsieur Jean, while the settings have a distinctly Herge/Tintin flavour to them. It's also coloured in a painted style similar to Jill Thompson's beautiful Beasts of Burden books - but I don't want to take anything away from Colleen Coover, her art in this book is definitely her own and absolutely gorgeous, I mention all of these artists to say that she's in good company and the comic looks great. The settings appear clearly but look almost dreamlike when the eye focuses on the characters like a watercolour, and her character designs for Bandette, Monsieur, and Matador are outstanding. The facial expressions especially are subtle but distinct and in certain panels she even fools you into missing certain details that, when you turn back, you notice were there all along (I'm thinking of the pickpocketing scenes in particular) which displays a truly masterful technique.

The story itself of Bandette, her rival Monsieur/Leon Corvo, Absinthe and FINIS, is really fun and I loved reading it for that, but it's the little details that put this book over the top for me. That Bandette is a hero who, in her downtime, enjoys reading books is great; that her outfit turns into civilian clothes is brilliant; and that her hideout is accessed through a puddle is amazing. I love that Belgique constantly swears but that his expletives are deleted (which again reminded me of Asterix where Goscinny and Uderzo came up with the most amazing ways to represent swearing without using words). There's also one scene in a graveyard where Bandette fights Matador, an assassin hired by FINIS to bring Bandette to them, and their fight - after the theatrical flourishes both love saying precisely for their theatricality: "And so. We meet at last. Yes! I've always wanted to say that!" - divulges into a discussion about clothing, as they're fighting!

Bandette: By the way your cape is very nice.
Matador: Oh, thank you!
Bandette: Did you make it yourself?
Matador: No, I am no good with the needle...

The book ends with a series of short stories drawn by different artists and includes a prose short story by Tobin that fleshes out the Bandette/Daniel the Rad Thai delivery boy storyline, and all of them are excellent.

Bandette is the real deal, the full package, and whatever other cliches you want to call it - maybe the best one of all: a good read. It won the Eisner this year for Best Digital Comic and deservedly so. Tobin and Coover have created a wonderful character and world that I completely fell for and will definitely be returning to again in the future, especially for the prospect of reading about Bandette and Monsieur's Great Thieving Race. Tobin's script is dynamite, Coover's artwork is sublime, and Bandette is pure joy expertly distilled into a perfect comic - an absolute success on every level.
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HASH(0x9c2dc900) out of 5 stars Looks beautiful, though not suitable for little girls. 10 Aug. 2015
By regularGuy - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for my 9 Y.O. girl and was disappointed to see the very sexual situation right in the first couple pages with a man and woman in bed. I should have returned it, but now I have to keep it until she's a bit older.
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