- Series: Bandette
- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616556684
- ISBN-13: 978-1616556686
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bandette Volume 2: Stealers Keepers! Hardcover – April 28, 2015
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Gr 7 Up—This volume picks up hot on the heels of the first "Bandette" collected volume, Presto! (Dark Horse, 2013), with master thieves Bandette and Monsieur in the middle of their contest to take back stolen treasures and expose the criminal organization FINIS, and its ruthless leader, Absinthe. Unknown to Bandette, Absinthe has unleashed his most feared assassin, Il Tredici (Italian for 13), to remove her from the picture permanently. It is a race to see if Bandette, Monsieur, and their team of stalwart allies can bring an end to FINIS before Bandette meets her demise at the hands of her unlucky 13. Bandette, the self-proclaimed greatest thief in the world, does not miss a beat. The protagonist remains as irreverent and joyful as ever. Writer Tobin and his wife, artist Coover, have created genuinely fun and well-developed characters, from the gruff Inspector Belgique to Bandette's band of allies led by the lovelorn Daniel. Each gets to shine in a series of short vignettes about the supporting characters at the book's conclusion. The art meshes with the feel of the story perfectly and adeptly contrasts the vibrancy of Bandette and her crew with the malevolence of Absinthe and Il Tredici. Interesting background material on some of the actual items that Bandette and Monsieur steal is also included in the back matter. The engaging narrative is perfectly in sync with the art, populated with fun and enjoyable characters and an especially strong and unique female lead. VERDICT This volume will find an audience in every collection.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX
About the Author
Paul Tobin is a New York Times-bestselling author. His writing includes Bandette; Colder; and many other comic books, graphic series and works of fiction. Bandette, drawn by Colleen Coover, was awarded the Eisner Award for Best Digital Series in 2013; again in 2016; and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for Graphic Literature in 2016. Paul's graphic novel I Was the Cat, created with artist Benjamin Dewey, was nominated for an Eisner in 2015.The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat, first in Paul's series of five novels for middle-grade readers, debuted in 2016 from Bloomsbury Kids in the USA, the UK, and worldwide. The second book in the series, How To Outsmart A Billion Robot Bees, came out March 2017.
Colleen Coover is an Eisner Award-winning comic book artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her comics include the adult title Small Favors and the all-ages Banana Sunday. She has been published by Dark Horse, Top Shelf, Marvel, and many others. She works with her husband, writer Paul Tobin, on the Eisner-winning series Bandette.
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Top customer reviews
I enjoy the unique pace and storytelling as an adult, as do my pre-teen nieces and nephews
As much as I enjoyed this, I'd encourage anyone wanting to try this out, to get volume one first, and start the Bandette story from the beginning.
They and I cannot wait for the next one.
The kids and I also really enjoyed the artwork.
Overall, it was and is a very enjoyable book.
While a lot of the same style of quips and references are used in this volume, my favorite element of the first volume, namely the extended cast of urchins that help Bandette out, is missing. That supporting cast made her a lot more likeable in my opinion. Without them, she feels a little flat. The creators play up the rivalry between Bandette and Monsieur a bit more and showcase Absinthe as the villain.
I enjoyed the art once again, and the extra information at the back of the book makes it much better because the creators reveal the inspiration for some of the characters. Those additional pieces at the end really round out the book by fleshing out the cast. Fans of the first volume won't be disappointed.