Friday, September 13, 2013
Comic #3: Bone, Vol. 1 - Out From Boneville
Info: Scholastic, copyright 2005, 140 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Three cousins, exiled from their home, find an adventure in a new land.
After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.
One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures...
Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever left home for the first time only to find that the world outside is strange and overwhelming will love Bone.
Not sure what a Bone is, but I think I like them. They're no Swamp Thing or The Sandman, but entertaining nonetheless. The three cousins (who remind me a bit of Casper the Friendly Ghost) have never been outside their homeland, but after one of Phoney Bone's money "misadventures," they are exiled from Boneville and forced to survive, nearly penniless, in the wide-open wilderness. When they are suddenly attacked by a swarm of locusts, the friends are separated and must manage on their own. Fone Bone finds he quite likes the life he is making for himself in the mysterious valley with his beautiful new friend, Thorn, but life will inevitably change when his cousins return.
The story is both funny and filled with adventure. Something wicked this way comes in the forested valley, and I can't wait to find out where the story goes. Jeff Smith's artwork is unique and enjoyable, but most definitely more of a comic strip feel. Quite refreshing, a clear, compared to the forty+ year old artwork of my first two comic choices. It's kind of fun discovering each new technique and storyline!
Next Up - Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley