Stuff I Like - Bandette

Comic books. They're the worst, right? Not so much in concept as in execution. Sure, you'd like to read a Superman story, but then you pick one up and find Lois has outed his secret identity to the world and he's living in a flophouse and wearing jeans and for crying out loud DC WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS.

But! There are comics which still thrill and delight in equal measure, and today I highlight a particular favorite: Bandette  by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover. 

That's it. That's the book. 

That's it. That's the book. 

Bandette is the tale of a master thief who commits outlandish heists in the name of joie de vivre, usually at the expense of terrible people.

I think we can all get behind that. 

I think we can all get behind that. 

 

She also assists the police with difficult cases, which brings her into conflict with any number of criminal organizations, hired killers, and other assorted bad guys.

Sheesh, some people. 

Sheesh, some people. 

Not to worry; Bandette has a network of agents to assist her, largely comprised of street urchins, ballerinas and small, adorable animals.

Bee tee dubs, all images are copyright the creators and are used for review purposes only.

Bee tee dubs, all images are copyright the creators and are used for review purposes only.

The book feels like a cross between Catwoman and Amélie, set in a world that operates on its own crackbrained logic, but is still easy to believe in. The combination of Tobin's elaborate turns of phrase and Coover's elegant, cartoony art makes Bandette hard to resist.

 

Surely the most badass use of a Vespa ever. 

Surely the most badass use of a Vespa ever. 

It's also value for money; each full sized issue is 99 cents on Comixology, and as of this writing, the first issue is available for the low, low price of free.  There are also print editions if you must have them. So quit reading about Batman's latest moment of angst and check out Bandette!