A lot of graphic novels have been floating around in the past couple of months and many of the booktubers I follow are going in with the surge so I decided to give it a go. I picked by the first two volumes of Bone by Jeff Smith from my college library.
At first I felt a little childish reading them, but the characters are so darn adorable that I had to keep going. There are 9 volumes in the Bone series. They revolve around the three Bone cousins – Fone Bone, Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone. And believe it or not, they actually do look like bones. The bone cousins get kicked out of Boneville because of the greedy tactics of Phoney Bone. He is constantly trying to make money off scamming people. Now, left to their own devices they roam from place to place in search of any town where they can seek refuge. But somehow they get separated and each of the Bones go in search of the other. Smiley Bone comes across Barrel Haven and gets a job at the bar. Whereas Fone Bone and Phoney Bone, individually meet Grandma Ben and settle down in her house. Phoney Bone’s arrogance ticks her off but Fone Bone instantly becomes a sweetheart in the minds of Grandma Ben and Thorn. And so begins their story of trying to reunite and head back to Boneville after facing all the obstacles that stand in their way.
One of the things that I really like about these graphic novels is that they are in colour and that too magazine kind of glossy page. It is so much more captivating that way as opposed to black and white. The art work is brilliant and not at all amateurish. The books are so simple yet involve elements of fantasy and adventure in them. There is a good portion of humour in these novels which makes them a fun read and you can easily go through 3 volumes a day. Though somewhere around the 3rd volume, it gets a little flat. Nevertheless Fone Bone is such a cutie that I am going to persevere and read the rest of the series. Smiley Bone is one of those gullible characters and listens to everything that the manipulative Phoney Bone tells him to do. Even after being provided food and shelter by Grandma Ben and Thorn, he doesn’t get over his scheming ways. Which repeatedly lands the Bone cousins in trouble. Thorn becomes the love interest of Fone Bone which I found rather cute. It is a nice bunch of books. You should definitely read it if you like graphic novels.
Ratings – 3.5 stars on 5.