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Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border

(Bone #5; issues 29-33)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  9,542 ratings  ·  440 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
Paperback, 116 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Graphix (first published June 1998)
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Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awww.... that ending :(

This series just keeps getting better and better.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sniff, sniff hope to see you soon Bartleby.

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
Kimberly Francisco
Weak installment that suffers from no Thorn, Gran'ma, or Dragon and messy action sequences.
Nov 08, 2012 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.
Mar 31, 2017 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
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funniest section of the omnibus yet. Those possum boys are always up to no good!

Dec 29, 2010 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 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 ...more
Dalton Giolas
May 10, 2013 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.
Jaime Ramos
Jun 02, 2015 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
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bone is far better than I ever expected it to be.

This volume in particular upped the ante after the already wonderful Dragonslayer volume already reached a new high for the series itself. While Dragonslayer firmly connected consequences to the choices that we make as people, and firmly reminded us all of our responsibility to both others and to our place in life and never to act in too hasty a manner - this volume focused upon morality itself. Unlike a fair bit of the stories I grew up reading,
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this in one night. It is the best bone book yet.
Jim Gorman
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Making my way through this series. I really have to say for the simple art and story line, it really is a lot of fun to read this series. I mean it is not a simple story, there are some twists and turns, but nothing so mind bending. I am really enjoying it and will swing into the library on the way home tonight for the 6th book in the series.
Stephen Case
Feb 16, 2014 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, ...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 Bone
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 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.
Arthur Alfaro
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i like this book because it has killing and adventure
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was another fun book in the series... great series so far!
Lancelot Schaubert
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With each passing volume, Bone grows more and more brilliant. We learn about new players and another layer of depth and backstory in this volume, showing again that Smith is acutely aware that all story is really the slow unveiling of backstory and how that transforms the characters through changes of mind in heart.

In this one, we confront the lie of nihilism — that power is all that matters — with the clean and clear virtue ethics of childhood. Friendship and trust and love win the day here,
Fraser Sherman
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The previous Bone collections seemed to shift from quirky, whimsical tales to something more cosmic. Here Smith gets the balance perfect. Phone and Smiley wind up shepherding a baby rat creature and several other animals across mountains dominated by the rat lord Kingdok and the giant cat Roque Ja. Big forces are in play, but at the same time the Bones are their eccentric selves. Though Phone shows he clearly has the potential for leadership in some of the tense scenes.
Great job.
Ramon van Dam
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Very enjoyable, but definitely the weakest entry in the saga so far. The main reason is that the scope is very limited; we only follow a couple of our beloved characters in a small setting, making this far less epic than the rest of the series. The artwork was very good though, as always.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Smiley and Fone bone try to return a rat creature cub to it's tribe while being held prisoner by a big mountain lion.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 11, 2017 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
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I always enjoy reading graphic novels, and Bone is one of my favorites. I've read the entire series already, but I don't mind reading some again.
My favorite part that really got me on my feet was when Bone, his friends, and the orphans were running away from Rock Jaw. Doing that, they found a sacred dragon temple that had everything to do with the tale Rock Jaw had told them about the dragon queen.
Joseph R.
Oct 13, 2014 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 ...more
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