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Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border (Bone #5; issues 29-33)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  7,907 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
Trying to return a rat creature cub to the mountains, Fone & Smiley Bone encounter yet another adversary: the sly and mighty mountain lion, Rock Jaw.

In this fifth volume of the BONE saga, Fone and Smiley Bone strike out into the wilderness to return a lost rat creature cub to the mountains. It doesn't take long before they run smack into Rock Jaw, "Master of the Easter
Paperback, 116 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Graphix (first published 1998)
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Mar 09, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing
Awww.... that ending :(

This series just keeps getting better and better.
Jan 19, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sniff, sniff hope to see you soon Bartleby.
Mar 31, 2017 Damon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Aww, this is the best Bone. Those baby animals totally kill me, and the poem that Bone wrote about the hay cart in his heart that he's built for Thorn has set the new gold standard for romance as far as I'm concerned.

Edited to add: Oops, it was a horse cart.

"In the stalls of my heart, dear,
I've built a horse-cart, dear,
And my dear you can ride it
all day . . .

I've built it from love
from the clouds up above
even the rains cannot wash it

But my love you can't hear
so the cart will not steer
Nov 08, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing
2015 reread

"This is insane! It's stupid!"
"HEY! Nothing we've done so far has been un-stupid, and we're still alive, aren't we?!"
"I can't really argue with that, but I feel like I should."

Do you need more than that? You do? Well, there's a whole bit about how "We'll outwit them to death!" that is amazing, but I'm not typing it all out. Trust me, that page is worth 5 stars by itself.
Jan 20, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Weak installment that suffers from no Thorn, Gran'ma, or Dragon and messy action sequences.

There was something so very enticing about the previous BONE comics; reading them was a treat. Sadly, that is gone from ROCK JAW.

Firstly there's the problem of balance. The first four BONE books had something grand and mysterious about them: cosmic forces, mysterious backgrounds, a landscape with ancient history.


Of course, the grandness was balanced with some very down-to-earth silly humor. But while we have the plain Bones running around, we also have more mysterious, more compelling chara
Jaime Ramos
Jun 02, 2015 Jaime Ramos rated it it was amazing
this book is good because it reminds me of big nate

Smiley is shown pointing out Fone’s process of making a sandwich to the cub rat creature whilst Fone sulked. He then telling Smiley they couldn’t linger in the woods much longer, needing to return to town soon for running out of food. Fone is then privy to Smiley naming the cub rat creature, Bartleby which makes him remind Smiley what they’d gone to the woods to do in the first place, that being to set him loose. Smiley then manipulates Fone into talking a
Apr 26, 2017 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Nu ook hartjes voor de wezen! Hoe schattig!!!
Stephen Case
Feb 16, 2014 Stephen Case rated it really liked it
It's very hard to not like BONE. When people want to know a good place to start as far as graphic novels go, this is always near the top of my list. Especially if the person who is asking has kids or is a kid. Because besides being heart-warming, adorable, compelling, humorous, and well-drawn, BONE is also pretty wholesome. Imagine Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald (or rather, Uncle Scrooge) stumbling upon an enchanted valley where they get mixed up with dragons, rat-creatures, a princess, prophec ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the nine book Bone series by Jeff Smith. This is a good installment in the series and introduces some new characters to the series.

This book deals with Fone Bone and Smiley Bone and the rat monster baby that they saved. They encounter a new (large and in charge) character, a giant cougar, named Roque Ja. Of course the Bones take to calling him Rock Jaw which pisses him off. There is much running from bad guys and trying to determine who is one who's side and just how you
Apr 03, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing
I have read some of the bone books in the past but my favorite one has been the fifth bone book. It is called Roque Jaw Master of the Easter Border. This book follows Fone Bone and Smiley Bone as they try to return Bartleby (the baby rat creature they found) to the mountains with the other rat creatures. Along the way they meet Roque Jaw who is a huge mountain lion that captures the three of them. This is because he believes that their cousin Phoney Bone has the power to unite the valley. He thr ...more
Bone Volume 5 5 Stars, buy it
Self Purchase, Comixology, Re-read review
It really is amazing how consistently good this comic is. Art continues to be fabulous and the writing is amazing as well.  Everyone should be reading this series of graphic novels. They are amazing even on the second time around.
Plot/Storyline: I forgot Moby Dick plays a role in this although I've never actually read it. I'd forgotten about Bartleby and how cute he is. In issue two, the opossum children are following Fone
Gaven Murray
The bone cousins are on their way to return the rat creature cub when all goes wrong Rock jaw the mountian lion and king dok are all in a race to get to the bone cousins but if the master dragon reaches them first will all be doomed. In the fifth installment of the bone series the bone cousins take the journey to the eastern border but the gravest dangers await them i predict that they will reach the rat creature territory and relese the cub but smiley woulnt be able to let go my prediction was ...more
Darion Williams
Oct 02, 2015 Darion Williams rated it it was amazing
This book was about when earlier in the last book they found a rat creature cub and they don't want to let it go.On the way they run into Rock jaw A.K.A the leader of the jungle and the cub saves them so they decide to keep him. I loved this book because it intense but still funny at one point. I recommend this book to people who like action and comedy.
Dalton Giolas
May 10, 2013 Dalton Giolas rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a good book with lots of action and suspense.I think that it was funny when smiley bone and his bone brothers pronounced Rouqe Jaw's name as Rock Jaw.over all it was a good book,and I liked it a lot.
Arthur Alfaro
Mar 01, 2015 Arthur Alfaro rated it it was amazing
i like this book because it has killing and adventure
Aug 29, 2015 Arlomisty rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was another fun book in the series... great series so far!
Vedran Karlić
Apr 27, 2017 Vedran Karlić rated it it was amazing
Novi likovi, zaplet dobiva dodatnu dimenziju
Feb 11, 2017 Kandice rated it really liked it
This book focuses mostly on Fone Bone and Smiley Bone. I'm okay with that because Phoney drives me crazy. He has become much more than amusingly jerkish.

So, the two I like travel to the mountains to return a baby Rat Creature back to his own kind. On the way, they are interrupted by Roque Jaw , or “Rock Jaw”, as these two cuties call him, a giant mountain lion. They spend the rest of their journey teamed up with a band of orphans to escape Rock Jaw.

The orphans may be my favorite characters to
Matthew Y. Y.
Apr 03, 2011 Matthew Y. Y. rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it has action because there are two sides and everybody has to pick one and each side is rat creatures and dragons against each other.I lkie the dragons because the bone creatures are on it and there very nice and do anything to protect the people around them.I hate the rat creatures because they are trying to take over by baring the star from phonobicle(bone creature)and kidnap the princess.I feel bad for the animals in this story because the animals parents got eaten b ...more
Joseph R.
Oct 13, 2014 Joseph R. rated it it was amazing
Fone Bone and Smiley Bone are on a mission to return a rat creature cub to its mountain home. Smiley has developed a lot of affectionate for the cub, even naming him Bartleby. Fone is more serious about the task--the rat creatures are the enemy and they need to get rid of the cub. They take him to the mountains on the eastern border of the valley where they run into a giant mountain lion who calls himself "Roque Ja." The Bones pronounce it "Rock Jaw," which is a bit annoying to the lion. Rock Ja ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Cassie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: adventure
At first when I started reading this I was worried because it felt like it was Jeff Smith venturing into the dreaded "middle ground" territory that I was mentioning in the most recent posting about Bone (the previous volume of the series that I reviewed). I was scared that Jeff Smith was simply utilizing a device to create more issues of the Bone series, but once I got to the end of this slightly shorter volume I recognized that what Smith was creating here was some more tension. Also introducin ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the fifth book in the Bone series by Jeff Smith. We all read it independently and I'm so glad that our girls like the story. The story is fun, exciting, and full of drama and intrigue. We are all hooked!

My husband enjoyed collecting comic books when we were a lot younger and when I would accompany him on his trips to the comic book store, I would often pick up an issue of Bone. I thought the story was very engaging and dramatic and I loved the little guy.

Now that our girls are older and
Apr 08, 2010 JUAN IBARRAaa rated it liked it
This is another part of the bone"s sequel is about the time bone and smiley are still alone in the woods with a fellow freind along with them,and a rat creature cub that is lost. Smiley and the cub love each other and always are together. So when they keep traveling along in the woods, they meet this big tiger named " Rock Jaw" who is master of the eastern border which means everything on the mountain that Bone is standing on is all his. He keeps talking about sides, the dragon's side and the ra ...more
Nov 04, 2010 Hayley705 rated it really liked it
Bone is about two brothers: Bone and Smiley. Smiley finds a cub rat creature, these rat creatures are their enemies. Not only are they enemies to bone ans smiley, but they are enenmis to every other animla in the forest. (Forest is their home.) However, Smiley becomes attached to the cub rat creature and calls him Bartleby.
Bone doesn't like the idea, so they decide to bring Bartleby to rat creature territory, and Bartleby will run off when he sees the other rat creatures, Bone and Smiley w
Marco De La Rosa
Jan 25, 2010 Marco De La Rosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: second-quarter
This other part of the bone sequel is about the time bone and smiley alone are still alone in the woods with a fellow freind along with them, a rat creature cub that is lost. Smiley and the cub love each other and always are together. So when they keep traveling along in the woods, they meet this big tiger named " Rock Jaw" who is master of the eastern border which means everything on the mountain that Bone is standing on is all his. He keeps talking about sides, the dragon's side and the rat cr ...more
May 14, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it
After a volume that seemed to advance the plot while giving a wide variety of emotions in its storytelling, Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border slips mostly into talking animal comedy as the entire book covers Fone and Smiley Bone's efforts to return the rat creature cub Bartleby to his own kind. What follows involves the Bones, Bartleby, the possum kids, a mess of tiny orphan animals, and the two stupid rat creatures running afoul of each other, Kingdok, and the giant mountain lion Roque Ja ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Kristian rated it it was amazing
i love this book it is really amazing. i personally love the whole series. this book is about three cousins Bone Phoney Bone and Smiley. these people are really funny phonney bone is in love with thorn and bone and smiley want to be rich again so they want do anything for money but for now they are working in luis bar and making some money there. while phonney is trying to get with her but every time he tries she wonders off with some guy so this one time in the book she left him for this guy an ...more
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Born and raised in the American mid-west, Jeff Smith learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and watching animation on TV. In 1991, he launched a company called Cartoon Books to publish his comic book BONE, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from B
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