Bandette in Stealers, Keepers!Book - 2015
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For many, graphic novels are the gateway-drug for reading and art, and three of my favourite (and very different) series have just released new issues and deserve a spot in the sun. Or in this case, the Gazette, for the next few weeks.
First of all is the red-wigged, caped mini-crusader Bandette, a free-spirited, high-wire-stepping cat burglar. Bandette believes her goal of purloining precious objects is more art than mere thievery; besides, she pursues this passion while foiling the evil organizations Absinthe and Finis, and that is a noble and worthy cause.
Bandette’s world is set on the streets of Paris, and while she keeps in contact with her teenage band of comrades-in-arms with cell phones, the art has a very retro vibe with its soft watercolours, very reminiscent of the fifties and sixties. This should come as no surprise since the creators’ character influences include Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn and the like.
In this follow-up volume to Presto!, Bandette enjoys a merry bet with Monsieur, an older gentleman thief, to see who can steal the most items from a very desirable list of rarities. She does this while evading the assassin Il Tredici numerous times, acquiring the piglet Pietro¸ saving her nemesis/friend Matador from said assassin and staying two steps ahead of the evil Absinthe, whom she eventually delivers into the hands of well-intentioned but hopelessly behind Inspector Belgique.
Much adventure, a teeny bit of romance, and a host of short stories and mini-comics round out the Bandette world for readers, be they teen or adult, male or female (personally, I feel Bandette is a better role-model than many so-called starlets out on the ‘net today, but perhaps that’s just me.). Oh, and for history buffs, that list of rarities Monsieur and Bandette hope to steal are given their own appendix of historical notes, so bonus! – Bandette is educational too.
Reserve a copy of the Eisner-Award winning Bandette at spl.bibliocommons.com, and don’t give graphic novels short-shrift. They are fantastic in so many ways!
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