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Bone, Vol, 1: Out from Boneville

(Bone #1; issues 1-6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  79,570 ratings  ·  2,332 reviews
After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.

One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures...

Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever le

Paperback, 1st Edition, 138 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Graphix (first published July 3rd 1991)
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Shadowjac Definitely, Bone is a wonderful all-ages series. The books do get more violent as the series progresses but it never becomes gratuitous.

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Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This comic shook up the comic industry something fierce when it came out.

From what I understand, it was one of the first big comics to not use any narration boxes or thought bubbles at all. The story was entirely what you saw people doing, and what you heard them saying.

Needless to say, this is a *huge* change from the 60's style of superhero comic where people were constantly flying around and thinking stupid things to themselves like, "It's a good thing I can use my freeze breath to stop thi
Sam Quixote
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Fone, Phoney, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville after Phoney’s latest shenanigans. Lost in the desert, they become separated and Fone Bone, our protagonist, ends up in The Valley, a human-dwelling part of the world, for the winter. There he meets a beautiful young woman called Thorn and her kindly cow-racing grandmother Ben. But danger looms on the horizon as the Lord of Locusts and the rat creature army are massing…

I first read Jeff Smith’s Bone nearly ten years ago in the all-in-one bla
I thought this was a cute and fun story. There are 3 Bones in this book and I really only like Fone Bone. Smiley was ok and I don't like Phoney bone at all. Lucky, the other 2 aren't in the story very much.

The story really gets going once Fone Bone gets lost and meets a dragon. Then he stumbles into some mysterious mountains and meets interesting characters including this huge scary rat creatures. There is very little information given to the reader about this new place. It is still all a myster
Ryan Chapman
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read Bone way back in the early 90s when it was serialized in comic book form, before these gorgeous collections by Scholastic. I recently revisited these and found them to have aged incredibly well. Like the best narratives for young audiences, the adventures of the three cousins Fone Bone, Smiley Bone, and Phoney Bone resonate with adults as well. The only other analogue that comes to mind is some of the work by Pixar. Jeff Smith has created a timeless series that I hope to read to my childr ...more
Mariah Roze
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was only OK. At the beginning I had a hard time keeping the "Bones" straight. Also, I didn't like how vague it was in the beginning about them getting kicked out of Boneville. Then, they all got split up somehow and then they all wanted to go back to Boneville. I thought this didn't create a strong storyline.

However, I started to enjoy the book more, around the last 30 pages. The characters were more developed and I felt like there was actually becoming a plot. This book ended on a "cl
Joe S
Dec 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: especially dull eight-year-olds
Shelves: graphic-novels
People I love think this is a friggin masterpiece, and I love them less for it now.

I picked up the first volume of Bone because I'd heard it had such amazing comic timing, a great storyline and relatively solid artwork. No one mentioned that the dialogue reads as though it were written by a fifth grader, the humor is predictable and the story is so threadbare and uninteresting I began making up my own story for the panels. And to say that the artwork is well done is like saying the dreamcatcher
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Well that was fun! I'll definitely be continuing on with the series.
Seth T.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Bone by Jeff Smith
[Bad morning.]

I wasn't sure I'd ever review Jeff Smith's Bone. After all, is there much that can be said that hasn't already been said? Bone's so long been part of the canon of comics literature (such as one exists) that reviewing it at this point is like reviewing Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns or Maus. Or for the non-comics-literate, a bit like if someone penned a review today for Huckleberry Finn. I mean, what's the point, really?

Still, I tell myself, there are those who haven't read the
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, fantasy, comics
I first tried out Bone several years ago, and I just couldn't get into it. I decided to give it a second chance, because I've heard so much good about the series as a whole. The second time through, I liked it quite a bit more, but I still didn't love it. The Bones are cute and cartoony and I did enjoy that. Not really invested in whatever the bigger story is, though. At least not yet. I think this time I'm going to try to read the whole series and see what I think of it as a whole. ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Well, first of all we have the charming cousins,

sense of humour,


and a dragon.

But there are mysterious events going on,

and there are monsters,

and something very sinister lurking in the dark.

This is just the beginning of the story...

I'd bought an original black&white version of this one a few years ago and that was quite lovely too. The way the story progressed rather quietly, with the panels just speaking for themselves...Now I'm reading the colored versions, I can't wait to read it all.
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fone Bone's wealthy and arrogant cousin, Phoney Bone, has been run out of Boneville by the angry residents and Fone Bone agrees to help him, along with their other cousin, Smiley Bone. But they get lost in the desert and have used up all their water and tempers are running high. When a swarm of locusts sweeps through the valley they run for their lives - and suddenly Fone Bone is falling. Separated from the others and lost, he has only an old map that Smiley found that leads him through the moun ...more
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Out from Boneville is the first installment in the Bone series featuring Phoney Bone, Fone Bone, and Smiley Bone. When the three cousins are run out of Boneville because of Phoney Bone's latest scheme, they get lost and separated in the desert. Fone Bone (our hero) finds a secret valley where he encounters weird weather, strange friends (a cow racing grandmother and a tiny green bug), frightening foes (homicidal rat creatures), and a strangely protective dragon that no one else can see.

I really
Tamora Pierce
Bone and his two cousins are kicked out of Boneville, or rather, Fone Bone was kicked out for a picnic with bad prunes and a huge balloon that destroyed a local landmark, and the other two Bones are sharing his exile. The three are split up, and Bone finds his way to a forest realm, where he is menaced by big furry hungry things with red eyes, and where he is befriended by the lovely Thorn and her take-no-prisoners Granny. He's also protected by the enigmatic Big Red Dragon for reasons that are ...more
Quick thoughts:

This was alright, though after reading the Amulet series I know there's better middle grade graphic novels out there. There was surprisingly a lot of smoking in this too, which was weird. And Bone, the main character pictured on the cover, falls in love with a pretty human girl, which was also a little strange. Some of the humor fell flat but some of it made me chuckle. Bone's cousin, Phoney Bone, is a huge jerk though and I was glad when he wasn't in the story and disappointed wh
Kelly Furniss
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading a run of dark graphic novels this was a fabulous refreshing change.
The characters are so cute and loveable in this fairy tale like story set in an imaginary land.
We follow Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone as they try to escape the uncharted desert but as they do this they get split up and each separately come in to a mysterious valley filled with scary creatures. The tale is simple and the imagery almost childlike but I could not help being drawn in to their world. A great
I'm reading this to my four year old, so like a responsible mother I read ahead to try to gauge whether there's anything in this that he'd find troubling. So far so good! My kid has been a super graphic novel freak (but no he may not read Ex Machina no matter how hard he pleads his case) since he saw the cover of Saga Vol 1 and called it Monster and Love Had a Baby, so I'll call that so far so good as well. ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This brought back memories! I used to read this as a weekly comic strip in the Ohio State University newspaper in the early 80s. Of course, back then, it was a black and white strip. The coloring is an improvement.

The story is outstanding, and I'll be diving right into the next volume: Bone, Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race. :D
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
My 8 year old son received this entire series for Christmas and is flying through them. This one was very entertaining. Art work is great, too. I guess I have to read them all now to see if Phone, Smiley, and Phoney ever get back to Boneville.
Anish Mooonka
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good comic series for the child and adult in you. Just try it once.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Simply Awesome!!!!!
The graphics. The storyline. The adventure. The humour.
Even the Dragon and his dead-ass expressions, and his goatee and his furry ears.
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
OK, this graphic novel was really cute! Maybe others wouldn't define the Bone characters as cute but I found them endearing. I don't usually read graphic novels like this, however I have read all of the Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Zits, and Bucky the Cat. Bone, Out from Boneville, is the first volumes in the series. The main character, Fone Bone, hangs out with his two misfit cousins, Phoncible P. Bone and Smiley Bone. Phoncible is the Mayor of Boneville, but he is a bit shady. I ...more
May 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: walt kelly/tintin/asterix fans
Bone didn't make it onto my radar until a coworker recommended it for my TinTin-obsessed eight-year-old cousin. realizing that I, too, am TinTin-obsessed, I decided to give it a shot.
And, wow. Bone has the adventure of TinTin and the impeccable comic timing and sensibility of Walt Kelly's Pogo; in short, it's the funniest, most exciting, smartest comic book you've never heard of.
Let me put it another way. Regardless of whether or not you read comic books at all, if you have a pulse and you can r
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun read. I remember seeing it growing up at Barnes and Noble and used bookstores but strangely enough I never read it until now. I'm very glad I did. This was a great kid's comic! I will definitely finish the series! ...more
Dávid Novotný
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Second read and I like it even more. Situation humor is great, characters are vivid and some mysteries are teased. All in simple, but beautiful art.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So very, very entertaining. I love the characters already and am looking forward to see how else Smith plays with fantasy.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A kinda crazy whimsical typical not-so-typical graphic novel story thingamajig!

Bone and his two cousins leave Boneville cuz stupid old Phoney Bone had swindled some folks. (Phoney has some great ideas, btw, like a petting zoo combo slaughter house. Niceness!) Anyhow we don't really know who or what the Bones are, just kinda like things or creatures of some sort. And kicked out of their home they go wandering through a woods and meet a sweet girl named Thorn and her cranky grandmother who owns ra
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this at the behest of some friends who, when I was declaring Garth Ennis’s Preacher as my favorite comic series of all-time, started singing the praises of Bone. Now, I had never even HEARD of Bone before, but their recommendation was glowing, so I picked up the first volume. While I certainly enjoyed reading it, I don’t *quite* understand why they hold it in such laudable esteem. Perhaps nostalgia plays a factor; this book geared for the “all-ages” crowd, coming out originally in 1991. I ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
21 June 2013

After so many years of hearing how great this series is, I finally picked up Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville to see what all the hullabaloo is all about. By now I surely should have learned my lesson about jumping on the bandwagon of what everyone else is loving, but I always have hope that I'll be surprised so I go against my gut. Perhaps there is something wrong with me, but this didn't wow me as I had hoped it would.

The dialogue is elementary and often quite dull. I read a lot of
Kaethe Douglas
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: challenged, abandoned
I had to pick up some things that had come it to the library, and drop off some things that were due. Natasha didn't want to pull herself away from Star Trek, but she asked me to pick up a stack of Marvel for her reading pleasure. So, then, an hour later, there we are on either end of the sofa den with cats strewn about and graphic novels carefully stacked in her chosen reading order (I got them when she finished). These are some of the most pleasing moments of my life, and why I'm looking forwa ...more
Get X Serious
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I went into this book thinking I was going to hate it or at least feel like I was wasting my time, then before I knew it, I was somehow compelled to continue reading. Why? I don't really know. I guess the story is decent, the characters are somewhat interesting, but there's nothing about this that really has made an exclamation point blink above my head.

Regardless, I can't stop reading the series now, and honesty that's probably what's so entrancing about this book, it's so fucking readable. It'
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