Prestige Format Review: Bandette 1-3

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Have you read Monkeybrain Comics’ Bandette yet? There are three issues on Comixology for 99¢ apiece. That’s $2.97 for a lot of good comics!

Charming and adventurous like a hip Tintin, Bandette is a coquettish rogue who splits her time between stealing, helping put-upon Inspector BG Belgique capture criminals, and building her network of street kids, ballet dancers and cute Thai food delivery boys. Imagine a young, dashing French/Belgian Catwoman without all the prostitute baggage and you get close to her character. But there’s also her band of helpers! The inspector! That scooter she drives! Her underground lair and flair for the arts! It’s so good and so worth it, you guys.

Colleen Coover’s art is somewhere between the aforementioned Tintin’s ligne claire and some inkier quill-drawn manga work, with inkwashes and mostly earthtone watercolor to enhance the scenes. Paul Tobin’s story is kept fast-paced and enthralling with six or seven panels per page, and there is just enough snappy dialog to move the plot without burdening the reader.

The stories are nicely lighthearted–lighthearted theft and crimestopping, that is–with little in the sense of real peril (besides the temper of inspector Belgique). But in the same way that you know Huey, Dewey and Louie will make it out okay, the adventure is still exciting and enjoyable even without the feeling of impending doom hanging over the reader. The end of the third issue hints at a more serious storyarc to come, as well!

Bandette is ONLY available from Monkeybrain Comics via digital comics app Comixology, which is compatible with your web browser as well as the iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire.