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With 'Bone: Coda,' Jeff Smith Revives the Unlikeliest Success Story in Comics History

With ‘Bone: Coda,’ Jeff Smith Revives the Unlikeliest Success Story in Comics History

Though the title Jeff Smith’s Bone refers to the surname of its three lovable leads, it was also a prophecy for what the series would accomplish for the entire comic book medium. In the course of 55 issues, the cartoon epic would create a new infrastructure for comics to land in libraries, bookstores and the hands of readers young and old. It’s also addictive, charming and funny as hell. A celebration of slapstick, old-school cartoons and Lord of the Rings-era swords and sorcery, Bone is more than a postmodern brew of its influences; it’s a perfection of them. The comics follow three impish cousins who stumble into a mystical valley on the brink of war. The trio of Fone (loyal and altruistic), Phoney (manipulative and egotistical) and Smiley (carefree and naive) join an ornery woman, Gran’ma Ben, and her stalwart granddaughter, Thorn, in an escalating struggle between dragons, farmers, gigantic mountain lions and quiche-loving monsters. Also: the most epic cow race in…

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