Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Review revue: The Onion A.V. Club reviews Jeff Smith's Bone: One Volume Edition:

"Bone began with deftness, but, like the Star Wars franchise, it devolved into arcana. ... Or so it seemed to a lot of readers. The devoted stuck with Bone for the 13 years it took Smith to complete it, often waiting for the trade-paperback collections and reading the story in larger, smoother chunks. Those more patient souls had the right idea. Within months of releasing the final issue, Smith has put the whole 1,300-page monster in one heavy, bound volume. What seemed numbingly dense in 22-page installments now has a magnificent shape, and a momentum that carries the narrative from its light comic beginning to its light comic ending, while seamlessly encompassing the darkness between."