Splendido fumetto e buona edizione. Un fantasy "classico" (perchè non c'è dubbio che il genere sia quello), ma per niente ordinario: davvero fantastico. La storia si stiracchia un po' prima del finale (d'altra parte la struttura originale era seriale), ma rimedia immediatamente, chiudendo. Grandi invenzioni ed abilità fumettistica e disegni dalla grande sintesi e forza (forse solo un po' "poveri" in qualche occasione).
L'edizione è buona, carta bianchissima e neri perfetti, libro molto "resistente". Tuttavia la storia è davvero molto lunga e l'idea di farne un unico libro, con carta di tale qualità, forse era discutibile in partenza: il risultato è pesante e poco maneggevole. Sarebbe stato meglio dividerla in più volumi.
And I read it in a week.
With three other books thrown in, for good measure.
This book had been the object of my desires for ages, and when it finally arrived home I just couldn't resist.
But now I'm going to play a game, it's called the devil's advocate.
This series has been pluri-awarded, hailed as a masterwork among graphic novels and an ultimate cornerstone of independent comics. All of which it deserves, by the way. Still, it's not without flaws―and somebody has to do the dirty work.
Bone is unfailingly compared to The Lord of the Rings; even though the former doesn't get anywhere near the latter in terms of breath, majesty, epic, symbology, or sheer beauty. Which is none of Jeff Smith's business, obviously.
The two plots, however, bear many striking similarities. It may be pointless to speak of "originals", especially in the epic genre. But.
Arguably, while the initial idyll of Barrelhaven is also a feature of the Shire, Bone adds a prominent comic side to the serious grandeur of TLotR. Yet the contrast between cartoonish and epic doesn't always work for the best.
On a tangent: beside being brick-sized fantasy epics, both works are infamously not trilogies: TLotR is notoriously made up of six books, while Bone counts as many as three trilogies....Continua
Cousins Phone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone have been run out of town. The good citizens of Boneville have had enough of Phoney Bone's dodgy business dealings. Never having been beyond the borders of Boneville the three embattled Bone cousins find themselves in a strange desert and mountain range with only a hand-drawn map of dubious origins to guide them. Their progress is being followed closely by what might be a dragon and stupid, stupid rat monsters who are guiltily fond of quiche. Somehow, after being separated from each other, they make it to a valley where all is not what it seems and where winter falls with a literal thud.
This comic is a cult classic. It is an epic tale (faintly reminiscent of Lord Of The Rings) that is in many ways startling and unique. The artwork is black and white line drawing, stunningly rendered. The Bones are odd-looking creatures: something like actual bones but animated. The story is filled with fantastical creatures, bugs great and small, warrior heroes, very fast cows, mythical revelations, and great humour. The underlying tale that binds each chapter with the next, is compelling. Overall, the story is very satisfying and the conclusion is complete. One can only sit back and admire the vision the artist/writer Jeff Smith must have had to fashion such an integral tale of such gigantic proportions over what must have taken many years to publish. Put all together, it reads like an unbroken epic fantasy novel which, of course, it is.
So, to summarize the key points: great art work, solid story, wall-to-wall humour, action, and fantasy adventure. I fail to see how anyone could not enjoy this collected work.
Oh yes, Bone also garnered multiple awards over its career (Harveys and Eisners, etc.). This is a great introduction to the very best of independent comic making....Continua