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*Starred Review* Mere months after publishing the final installment of the long-running fantasy saga Bone, Smith collects all 13 years' worth of it in a single, massive volume. As many comics fans know, the series chronicles the adventures of the Bone cousins--plucky Fone Bone, scheming Phony Bone, and easygoing Smiley Bone-- who leave their home of Boneville and are swept up in a Tolkienesque epic of royalty, dragons, and unspeakable evil forces out to conquer humankind. The compilation makes it evident how fully formed Smith's vision was from the very beginning--although the early chapters emphasized comedy, as do the final pages, the tale quickly found its dramatic bearings. His remarkably accomplished drawing style, in the manner of such comics masters as Walt Kelly and Carl Barks, was fully formed from the start, too. Libraries that have missed out on individual Bone series titles should seize this opportunity to make up for the fact, and those who have collected the series all along will do well to acquire the collected edition to supplement or supplant those doubtless well-worn volumes. But be prepared for overdues: even the most voracious readers will be hard-pressed to get through this hefty, phone book-like tome before they're supposed to return it. Gordon Flagg
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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 delightfulso 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!”
Extraordinary and amazing. It held my son's rapt attention from the beginning to the end. We were sad to finish it.Published 3 days ago by adrian
The epic stakes of a super hero fantasy combined with the whimsical humor of an irreverent Saturday morning comic strip. Read morePublished 5 days ago by David Carroll
This book is about 4 inches thick! Very hard for a kid to handle. I would skip it and order the books separately, my son won't read it because it is such a struggle! Oh... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kelley Witcraft
I love Bone and now that I have the Collection of the comics I can die in peace.Published 26 days ago by Luis Gonzalez
Great, great story. Very funny and the timing is excellent. The pace and facial expressions are priceless.Published 1 month ago by Carol Monreale
Bone has to be one of the best graphic novels in history. Kids, teens and adults can enjoy it.
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I am so happy this is the complete collection. I have already read this twice since I got it. Let some friends read it and they loved it as wellPublished 2 months ago by TechGeek