GLX takes a look at Bandette #1.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer - Paul Tobin
Artist - Colleen Coover
The adventures of Bandette, a young costumed "artful dodger", leader of a group of urchins dedicated to serving justice, except when thieving proves to be a bit more fun. The story of Bandette treads a thin line between Tintin and Nancy Drew, with a few costumes thrown in. Bandette and her crew at turns join forces and cross swords with the mysterious master thief known only as Monsieur, and one B.D. Belgique, perhaps the most harassed police inspector of all time.
Most comics are usually announced months in advance. Companies will inform the public of their upcoming comics through such things as teasers, solicitations and preview pages. When Bandette #1 hit Comixology last Monday, there was no long delay between the announcement of the comic and its release. Fans heard about the comic and were able to purchase it within the span of hours. Out of Monkeybrain Comics's first offerings, Bandette #1 stood out to me because Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover were attached to it. After giving it a thorough reading, I found it to be a brief, yet fun read.
The plot moves along naturally, while providing sharp character moments. Bandette's speech and mannerisms make her an instantly likable character. She is playful, benign and clever, while having a personality that makes her stand out. Tobin makes sure to capitalize on the time that characters like Monsieur and Inspector Belgique have within the comic.
Coover's art really makes the comic worthwhile. Every panel is brimming with life with characters that emote naturally and have their own distinct appearance. This is also complimented with lush backgrounds and superb colors.
The only thing that hampers the quality of the comic is its length. With 13 pages of content, the comic is a quick read. The last panel is not bad a place to end the issue, but it gives the impression that this was originally as a graphic novel instead of a monthly comic.
Still, at the price of 99 cents, I do not regret purchasing Bandette #1. It is a fun comic that has a sharp script and great art. Just do not be surprised if the comic's length disappoints, especially considering the quality of the work that Tobin and Coover have put into this issue. It is perfectly reasonable to wait for the eventual collected edition, but those that read Bandette #1 will likely be enamored with it.
7.6* out of 10*
Review by: GLX
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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