To Catch a Thief, Charade, these come to mind when I read Bandette. If you put Audrey Hepburn in Cary Grant’s roles from those movies you get Bandette. Kind of. She’s perky and cute, decidedly French and a thief. Don’t get me wrong it’s lighter fare, this is more Nancy Drew than Hitchcock. But it has that fun European style and spirit that is missing in most crime comics.
The title character is sort of a Robin Hood, stealing from those who “deserve” it and like all characters of her archetype she has her allies. A band of youngsters, a would be boyfriend who’s always right at the edge of danger (whether he knows it or not), and the beleaguered but well-meaning police captain Belgique. It’s a well-rounded fun cast, and the stories have that light adventurous pace that makes for an enjoyable read…
*pages from issue #1
So it’s not all-ages but definitely safe for teen (from what I’ve seen, your mileage may vary). The art is fun and whimsical but detailed and well rendered.
*pages from issue #4
This series has been on ComiXology for a few months and now the first five issues are collected in a trade from Dark Horse! Along with the five issues the trade has around 50 pages of extras, sketches, and short stories. It’s a really well put together volume, one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
This series is a treat, 4 out of 5 stolen Rembrandt’s!
Bandette Volume 1: Presto! HC
Writer: Paul Tobin, Alberto J. Alburquerque
Artist: Colleen Coover, Steve Lieber, Erika Moen, Jonathan Case, Jennifer Meyer
Cover Artist: Colleen Coover
Genre: Superhero, Humor, Crime, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: November 13, 2013
Format: FC, 136 pages; HC, 6″ x 9″