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Bone: One Volume Edition: 1 (Bone Series) Paperback – 10 Aug 2004
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"BONE combines the humor and look of early Disney movies with the scope of the Lord of the Rings cycle. While children will read BONE for its breathless adventure and sight gags, older kids and adults will appreciate the themes of blind fanaticism and corrupting power."
"BONE is storytelling at its best, full of endearing, flawed characters whose adventures run the gamut from hilarious whimsy to thrilling drama. Along the way, Smith's musings... take on a greater relevance than you'd ever expect. Grade: A."
"Charming, character-driven fantasy with an elegant design and masterful story-telling in the tradition of Walt Kelly, Charles Schulz and Carl Barks." (starred review)
"Like Pogo, BONE has a whimsy best appreciated by adults, yet kids can enjoy it, too; and like Barks' Donald Duck stories, BONE moves from brash humor to gripping adventure in a single panel."
Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book and Sandman)
"Jeff Smith can pace a joke better than almost anyone in comics; his dialogue is delightful--so are all his people, not to mention his animals, his villains, and even his bugs."
Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons)
"I love BONE! BONE is great!"
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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The story is one of fantasy, resembling "The lord of the rings" in its general setting: small, relatively innocent creatures away from the safety of their peaceful home, cast into a scene of great turmoil, war and death far from what they're used to. The bone creatures will face great challenges, as their destinies become intertwined with the survival of the very world. Written like that, it doesn't sound like anything you haven't read before, but God - as they say - is in the details. The sub-plots are magnificent, the dialogues tremendously witty, and the drawing ... oh! the drawing!
It's all in black/white, and it's supposed to be that way (so sayeth the author himself). Trust me, colour takes away the magnificent contrast, and such editions should be avoided. This particular edition contains all the albums (which were released separately) in one very large package.
One drawback is that Amazon will ship this item as it is, book inside cardboard casing. To keep the precious pages safe from rain or other wet exposure, it should have been wrapped in plastic film.
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.
It's funny, it's cute, it's dark, a little sexy, and absolutely accessible.
It's an understated modern classic; full of Dickensian (and by that I don't mean Victorian) elements - a cast of sympathetic and grotesque characters, journeys, perils, mysteries. "Bone" has reached a large audience, but it still hasn't become a household name. If you're wondering what to read right now, this would be a good choice. (Although: admittedly: heavy for carrying on the bus.)
Jokes aside, this book is great. The whole Bone saga in one volume for a great price. The story is good, the characters are great, the art is pleasing on the eye. Only downside is that it's black and white and it's heavy.
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