Well, I finally got my copy of the last issue of my beloved Bone. It was fantastic. The whole story was wrapped up in an extremely satisfying manner. EVERYTHING was tied up perfectly. Jeff Smith is a genius. And the art was SO BEAUTIFUL! Breathtaking really. All of my favorite characters had their own moments. For Fone Bone it was about making a descision about where he belonged. For Thorn it was about starting a new life. For Smiley and Phoney the issue was them getting itchy to return to Boneville. For Gran'ma Ben, there was sadness as a person very close to her died. The ending tied into the first couple of issues with the snowfall, the Bones lost in the desert, and Fone Bone meeting Thorn in the stream. Everybody showed up for this including Ted the Bug, The Great Red Dragon, and the Stupid, Stupid Rat Creatures who finally got their quiche in a reprint of the Bone Winter Solstice four pager which is in continuity after all. Really a great ending chapter to one of the greatest, most complex, satisfying, funniest, and imaginative comic books of all time. Smith has been compared to Walt Kelley and Carl Barks for good reason.
I know there aren't a whole lot of Bone fans on this board but since it IS the last issue of my very favorite comic book I would love to hear some input.
Bone Trade Paperbacks are also available. Here is the main synopisis and the title names.
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 to a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.
Part 1: Vernal Equinox
Volume One: Out From Boneville
This is the first chapter where the cousins are run out of Boneville. The cousins come upon a swarm of locusts and are seperated. After awakening the Great Red Dragon Fone Bone meets Thorn a young woman who knows "Everything about everything" according to Ted the Bug. He stays at her farm with Gran'ma Ben, an old lady with a penchance for racing cows. Meanwhile a hooded person who leads an army of Rat Creatures searches for "The One Who Bears the Star": Phoney Bone! Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Volume Two: The Great Cow Race
The reunited Bone cousins come together as Gran'ma Ben readies herself for the Great Cow Race, an annual tradition in the valley. Meanwhile Phoney Bone Plots to rig the race and bet the farm on Gran'ma Ben after he convinces the niave townspeople to bet on the Mystery Cow A.K.A. Smiley Bone! Written and drawn by Jeff Smith
Volume Three: Eyes of the Storm
Rat Creatures are becoming more commonplace around Gran'ma Ben's farm, while Fone Bone has nightmares involving Moby Dick and the Great Red Dragon. After discussing it with Thorn and a reluctant Gran'ma Ben, Thorn is told of her heritage and her legacy and enemies. Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Part 2: Solstice
Volume Four: The Dragonslayer
To repay his debt to Lucius Down Phoney Bone (along with Smiley) is tending bar at the Barrelhaven. Phoney soon learns of the townspeoples fear and mistrust of dragons and exploits it to his advantage as "The Dragonslayer". Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Volume Five: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border
Fone Bone and Smiley Bone are taking a lost Rat Creature cub back to it's family. Along the way they meet Rock Jaw, a giant mountain lion, who describes who is on whom's side quite elegantly- and dangerously. Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Volume Six: Old Man's Cave
Grand'ma Ben, Lucius, and Phoney Bone are at Old Man's cave preparing for war with the Hooded One and the Rat Creatures while Thorn, Fone, and Smiley are deciding their next move. This is the book where we learn the Hooded One's identity, and what he wants with "The One Who Bears the Star". Phoney Bone: "Fone Bone is going to kill me." Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Part Three: Harvest
Volume Seven: Ghost Circles
Discovering the valley seemingly destoyed Thorn, Fone Bone, Phoney, Smiley, and Gran'ma Ben must make their way to the ancient city of Athea while navigating through Ghost Circles: circles of energy that evaporate life. They soon meet an old friend. Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Volume Eight: Treasure Hunters
Inside Athea's borders the Bone Cousins find intrigue as a Veni Yan warrior has seized power and forbids dragon worship. Meanwhile Phoney Bone and Smiley go treasure hunting and the Hooded One Makes new allies while the War between the Valley and the Lord of the Locusts begins. Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Volume Nine: Crown of Horns
The War of the Locusts. Thorn is told to find the Crown of Horns to stop the Lord of the Locusts but Fone Bone fears the risk may be too great. Everything comes together in the final chapter of the Bone Saga. Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails: The Adventures of Big Johnson Bone Frontier Hero
A Tall Tale in the Boneverse and a prequel as the Bone Cousin's ancestor finds his way to the valley with his pony Blossom and a talking monkey he won in a card game, Mr. Pip. Big Johnson Bone takes it upon himself to rescue the little forest animals parents from the Rat Creatures, who at this point still have tails. Also features the story Riblet. Written by Tom Sneigoski, drawn by Jeff Smith and Stan Sakai.
A full color painted prequel about the young Princess Rose and her jealous sister Briar. She accidently releases a River Dragon and can only stop it at a terrible price. Written by Jeff Smith. illustraed by Charles Vess.
Well, there's the talkback. Comments?
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