Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's Comic Book Time Again! It's Bone.

We had some old friends stay in our spare apartment for Shabbos a few months ago. They were in town for their nephews Bar Mitzvah. One of their kids brought along one of the volumes of Bone. Granted, it was in Hebrew, but he lent it to my kids to read over the weekend. Needless to say. It was commandeered by yours truly. I was hooked. I had come in somewhere in the middle of the story though, volume 4 of 9. So, I recently went back and picked up the first 3 and quickly worked through them. Wow. Compelling story and spectacular art by Jeff Smith. The tale revolves around three 'Bones', little white humanoids from Boneville who have been exiled across the great desert and how they meet up with the residents of The Valley. How the Lord of Locusts has co-opted the queen Dragon and the fight for the Dreaming world drive the story. There is also quiche. Lots of hot cheesy quiche. The character development is fluid, you even end up liking the selfish Phone Bone. It is at once funny, dramatic and tragic. There is no surprise that it has won dozens of awards as well being named one of Time Magazine's top 10 graphic novels ever. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Bone, for your kids if not for yourself.

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