In our first ever crossover post, I’m linking my Paris Month with Ardo’s Supervillain Week today. Thanks to Christa (More Than Just Magic) pointing us in the right direction, we discovered Tobin & Coover’s Bandette – a “supervillain” (of sorts) in Paris! While my post will be basically a review on the graphic novel, with special attention on the setting of Paris, be sure to stop by Ardo’s post over on her page to check out her write-up on the supervillainess of the title character!
Bandette is a costumed teenager with a mischievous playful streak who happens to be the world’s greatest thief. With the help of her friends who she calls the urchins, she dances and somersaults through Paris stealing from those that she feels deserves to be stolen from. The police inspector and rival thieves are not pleased with this lithe masked criminal and a gang of thieves vow to see her dead.
This was adorable! I really enjoyed the fun factor in this graphic novel and it certainly boasts some joie de vivre with its title character. Bandette dashes through a variety of Parisian scenes in muted colour while the characters are all vibrant and bright. Perhaps the most notable location is a confrontation that takes place at Pere Lachaise cemetary, a famous but not oft-used locale for stories which often veer towards the more obvious tourist sites.
Volume 1 collects the first 5 chapters of this originally digital comic, as well as short “urchin stories” illustrated by guest artists about Bandette’s companions. I loved reading Bandette’s first adventure in these five chapters, which leave me wanting to find out what happens. As for the Urchin Stories, while there are a few supporting characters – like Daniel – that I want to find out more from, quite a few of the other short stories are pretty mundane and lacking. Her three ballerina friends could potentially have a good side story but their two-page short comic strip just felt asinine.
Overall, an entertaining read that’s definitely piqued my interest enough to check out the subsequent issues. They’re available online, or you can wait until the next volume gets published for Bandette’s next thieving adventure!