I love comics. They're an amazing and beautiful thing that can achieve most anything a creator can think of (and many a thing that they've yet to come up with). I will happily read comics of any format, type, or genre as long as they conform to the one simple rule.
Comics should be fun.
I was smitten with Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's Bandette from the moment I first laid eyes on her. These brilliant creators have tapped into something magical with their reslendent master thief and her cast of colourful supporting characters. There is a clear European bande dessinée influence in both the look and writing (the police inspector is named BD Bélgique, after all), which is just peachy in my view, but more than that, Tobin and Coover's main influence is telling wonderful, jaunty stories that are light yet substantial all at the same time.
While Bandette is a master thief, the only real crime this book commits is not coming out as much as I might like. That being said, we have been blessed with five whimsical issues, some lovely short stories, and a gorgeous hardcover collection courtesy of Dark Horse. If you haven't already, you should be reading them.
Because as you may have already gathered, Bandette is fun. And that is a thing of vital importance.
She's already stolen my heart. If you're lucky, she'll do the same to you.