Bone: The Complete Edition

By Jeff Smith

Rating: 4 stars

For such a big book, I don’t actually have an awful lot to say about Bone. I enjoyed this story of the Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone, being run out of Boneville and each finding their way to a valley where they find themselves caught up in epic events.

Fone Bone was a fun protagonist and Phoney’s money-making plans are enjoyably terrible. I liked Thorn’s evolution as a character, from simple country girl onwards, and her grandmother, the cow-racer, was fun as well. My favourite characters, however, were probably the two cowardly monsters with the quiche obsession. Their relationship was never made explicit, but they certainly behaved like an old married couple and stole every scene they were in.

The epic scale of the book is enjoyable, and it feels quite old-fashioned in a way, but with a modern twist. The art is fairly straightforward and clear, although I’d definitely loved to have seen it in colour.

Book details

ISBN: 9781888963144
Publisher: Cartoon Books
Year of publication: 1991

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