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Bone: One Volume Edition: 1 (Bone Series) [Paperback]

Jeff Smith
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10 Aug 2004 Bone Series
An American graphic novel first! The complete 1300-page epic adventure from start to finish in one deluxe trade paperback. Three modern cartoon cousins get lost in a pre-technological valley, speanding a year there making new friends and out-running dangerous enemies. Their many adventures include crossing the local people in The Great Cow Race, and meeting a giant mountain lion called RockJaw: Master of the Eastern Border. They learn about sacrifice and hardship in The Ghost Circles and finally discover their own true natures in the climatic journey to The Crown of Horns.

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  • Paperback: 1300 pages
  • Publisher: Cartoon Books; Rev Ed edition (10 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188896314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888963144
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best comics I have ever read!!! 3 May 2005
I had heard a lot of comments about Jeff Smiths Bone, but never got around to check it out. Last year (read: 2004), I spotted this collected edition of the entire series at the Gothenburg Book Fair. It was a nice looking edition, but I figured that I could still get it cheaper via the internet and well, I was right about that. The collection was purchased during the fall, but remained unread on the bookshelf for a long time; I guess one hesitates to start on a 1300(+) pages volume. When I recently got around to reading it, I was just blown away. It is quite honestly one of the best comics I have ever read - well, among the best anything I have ever read to be honest, and in that sense it ranks up there with other comics like Alan Moore's From Hell, J. M. DeMatteis's Moonshadow and Will Eisner's To the Heart of the Storm. That being said, Bone is very different from these graphic novels.
Bone is a warm, funny and intelligent fantasy narrative which told by someone in complete control of the medium he works in. Everything is narrated either entirely visually or through dialogue (i.e. no captions). Long 'silent' passages acquire an almost filmic quality and are expertly balanced with regards to the dialogue which sometimes become almost philosophical or historical in its tone, but never becomes dreary. Jeff Smith uses the medium of comics extremely well and the result is pure joy to read.
Add to all of the above that Smith has managed to put together a phenomenal character gallery, create an expanding, well structured and very intelligent plot, and that the style of his art is quite exquisite. This is clearly a strongly recommended purchase and read. This collected format, apart from looking very nice in the shelf, also has the advantage of containing the whole story... And believe me, once you start, you will not want to stop until it's all done.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonetastic! 23 Oct 2005
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I'd heard of Bone in the 90s in various comic-related magazines and through the grapevine, but had never read an issue. Coming from a superhero-only comic background it just never, to my shame, appealed to me. Something tickled my curiosity about Bone a month or so back and I finally took a chance on this well regarded book. I started with the Out From Boneville TPB (5.02 from Amazon!) and was amazed by quality of the story and the charm of the characters. Off the back of that book I decided to get this one volume collection as opposed to the nine individual volumes. This is the best book purchase I've made in years.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful comic, bad presentation 22 July 2011
Jeff Smith's BONE is a wonderful comic, and you should definitely take the time to read it, but I want to talk specifically about this "one volume" edition, as there are a few problems that might affect your buying decision.

Please be aware: This volume contains Jeff Smith's wonderful original black and white artwork, not the newly colorized version by Scholastic (which is also very pretty, but not how the comic was originally released).

It's fantastic that BONE is finally available in one volume, and the cover is really cute, but in order to fit this vast story into a single volume, the paper used for printing was chosen to be thin. REALLY thin. So thin that you can not only see the artwork printed on the other side of the page... but also the artwork on the *next* page. That's right, you can see TWO pages worth of imagery coming through the white areas on the page.

Unfortunately it's quite noticeable, and for a comic book comprised of beautifully drawn images, this is a bit of a let down.

However, if you're new to BONE, or on a budget, then by all means grab a copy of the "one volume" version of this brilliant comic. You'll still laugh and enjoy the story, you just won't be getting the best presentation of the wonderful artwork... not by a long shot. (Longtime fans should especially be aware.)

If you want to see the story in higher quality (although not how it was originally presented) then Scholastic's newly colorized version is what you should go for (although you will have to pay more for it). That's your best bet (until a deluxe version of the original black and white artwork is released for us purists :), until then, those new to BONE will probably be happy with this one volume edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed. Lives up to its reputation. 6 Nov 2013
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I'm so impressed with this book. Having heard Jeff Smith on a number of comics related podcasts and Bone being namechecked around the web I thought I'd give it a go. I wont start in on describing the story at all, that would spoil the fun. The storytelling however is completely masterful. The characters are all brilliantly fleshed out, fallible and 3 dimensional. The dialogue is funny and feels more authentic than so much fiction in any medium or of any genre which counterpoints brilliantly with the fantastical setting. The large cast of characters are believable and sympathetic (even the baddies) and the landscapes vast.

Similarly, the almost Disney (Donald Duck, not Sleeping beauty) character style of the Bones contrasts really nicely with the rest of the characters and locations which feel more life-like. Jeff Smith's artwork is presented here in its original black and white is understated and confident, with formal un-showy panel layouts.

I took this gigantic single volume with me on holiday and couldn't put it down (after struggling to pick it up in the first place). For anyone like me who has heard rumblings of this cult book, I heartily recommend it to you. You will not regret this purchase.
Bone very much deserves to be considered a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars every child should own a copy
although it does weigh a metric ton so maybe not a particuarly violently-predisposed child. They could easily kill you with this book.
Published 24 days ago by Andreas Zachai
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic comic in an epic edition
The complete Bone by Jeff Smith -Nothing else need to be said. My brother loved the christmas present. Loved it.
Published 3 months ago by The Great Dane
4.0 out of 5 stars It was in good condition
It was in good condition, however the packaging was ripped, and as a result I was concerned for its safety.
Published 7 months ago by Barnaby Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best graphic novels of all time!
I always wanted to read this but never got the chance and the time to finish it! It is amazing! Great characters and even better script. Beautiful artwork and some awesome lines! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eusebios Kontopoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien&Carl Barks Jam Session
Three Bones cousins are completely different when it comes to personality, but they share one thing - unconditional loyalty to each other. Read more
Published 14 months ago by tezukaspanels
5.0 out of 5 stars help.....has anyone got the library binding edition?
Hi, Bone is totally brilliant.......I would love the one vol colour edition but at 90 quid it is too expensive..... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Neil H. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the only graphic novel I've ever enjoyed!
I thought maybe the medium just wasn't meant for me. Watchmen, Maus.. I appreciated the stories but the format just didn't sing for me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by silent_siren
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine, fine comic
"Bone" is brilliant. It is an epic novel in cartoon form - mixing styles that approach sometimes Looney Tunes and sometimes Japanese manga. Read more
Published 21 months ago by andsonsandsons
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a ramble
There is a lot to like about Bone. It's one of those projects where an artist has constructed an entire world around his characters, the story is truely epic, involving many... Read more
Published on 16 July 2011 by A. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live Kingdok!
One of the best comic book investments I've ever made. Loved the comic, had to really restrain myself to make it last longer than an evening (and fit in other things like eating... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2011 by Cherry
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