Bone Vol. 3: Eyes Of The Storm

February 13, 2006 | Trades


Bone Vol. 3: Eyes Of The Storm
Jeff Smith
$12.99 (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Anyone who’s read Bone would have to admit it’s a classic that could hardly be improved upon.
Illustrated in rich black and white by creator Jeff Smith, this 55-issue series has been collected in various forms over the years, from trade paperbacks to a one-volume edition and now in a series of smaller-sized, colourized books from Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.
While the addition of colour in the first two books from Graphix were beautifully done and added a surprising depth to Smith’s stories, the impact it brings really begins to show in Eyes Of The Storm.
After the riotous The Great Cow Race in Vol. 2, the Bone story — the adventures of three cousins lost in a valley full of magic and mystery — begins to take a much more ominous tone.
As the cousins and their friends — Lucius Down, Gran’ma Ben and her granddaughter Thorn — start to take notice of the darkness that surrounds them, the truth behind Gran’ma and Thorns’ past comes to light and threatens to tear their lives apart.
In spite of the effectiveness of the original stories, the world of Bone truly benefits from the rich and moody colour pallet in these, OK, I’ll admit it, improved volumes.

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