Bone by Jeff Smith, A Comic Book Masterpiece

Bone:  Out From Boneville

Bone: Out From BonevilleBone Out From Boneville

I originally bought the first volume of Jeff Smith’s Bone because I was looking to buy something for my young nieces. I’d had trusted friends tell me that it was great book and I’d read nothing but good things about it but honestly, it had Scholastic logo on the cover. How good could it be, right?  Well, it’s amazing.  It’s an incredibly well-crafted comic book in both writing and art.  Having read the first 4 volumes of the Bone series, this is one of the best comics, let alone indie comics that has been published and I’ve read.  I honestly can’t wait to buy Bone volume 5.

So what’s so good about Bone?  Everything.  Remember when you first discovered The Simpsons and how at some point you discovered that it worked on all levels – that an adult could watch it with their kids and everyone would laugh throughout the episode?  Well, Bone does all of that and more.  The “more” part is that it is an ongoing story that only gets more and more complex and endearing.  Another parallel to The Simpsons is that the art is deceptively childish.  Several of the main characters are white blobbish things but the rest of the world is amazingly articulated and complex in color (added in later editions) and fine detail.

So, the Bone series is essentially done.  There are a few other side books in the Boneville world but Jeff Smith has moved on to RASL, something completely different.  The only things it has in common with Bone is amazing skill by which Smith executes the book.  I’ve read the first few chapters and it’s really good.  I also like that it is kinda creepy and about time travel.  See, I told you it was completely different.  So, my words of wisdom are, Go Read Bone and get ready to move onto RASL for some additional amazingly crafted indie comics.

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