Bone is what you get when you mix high fantasy with newspaper comic strips. The main character Fone Bone and his cousins look like they stepped right out of one of the later. They aren’t really humans, more like white, smurflike creatures. They flee from their home, because one of them, Phoney Bone, just did one con too much on the people of Boneville. They land somewhere else, a place full of (realistic painted) humans. But their arrival is not as coincidental as they thought, and soon they are amidst events full of queens, knighs, dragons and all the other stuff you can expect from high fantasy.
Bone is an excellent mix of adventure with light-hearted humor, utilizing the two formative aspects of the series to the best effect. It’s gorgeous too look at, fun to read, and has enough twists and turns that you can’t ever be sure what happens next, but always want to read on. If there’s one discordant note, it’s the ending. I thought it so unsatisfying that it made me go a bit sour on the whole series.
From the beginning I expected Bone and Thorn to get together. Sure, they aren’t even the same species, but this is comics and fantasy. I expected something like the ending of the first Shrek movie, instead the Bones just ride into the sunshine, leaving everyone behind. I dunno, but that was a letdown. On the whole it’s still a good read.