About 8 years ago, a magazine (Disney Adventures ( I WAS TEN SO STFU :p) ) I had ran the first few parts of the comic called Bone. I loved it, but never got to see what happened after the initial part I read.
Then this last weekend, at the Motor City Comic-Con, I find a huge book. Over 1100 pages total. It is of Bone, the entire series. Beginning to end. One volume. 15 years worth of comics.
It was $20. I bought it without hesitation.
And it was the best decision I have ever made.
Think of a comic with the art and story and characters of a good Disney cartoon, but without the "breaking into song" and fear of showing a little blood during battles. The result is amazing. Everything is consistent to the end. The only time I have to turn back is to gaze at the artwork longer or just because I love the part and want to see it again. The series and its creator, Jeff Smith, have won dozens of awards. If you've never heard of Bone, go check it out. The website has some sample pages you can see from different portions (http://www.boneville.com/library/excerpts/bone1.shtml).
The plot is simple, yet captivating. (http://www.boneville.com/whatisbone/). The core is that the 3 Bone cousins (Fone, Phoney and Smiley) want to get back to their hometown. The big picture, uncovered as the series goes on, is a little more dire. The rat creatures are under new leadership and are beginning to violate the truce with the valley folk. To what end they test the truce for must be found out by the heroes and heroines (The young girl Thorn, who befriends the cousins and lives with her grandmother, Gran'ma Ben)
The characters (http://www.boneville.com/whatisbone/bonecharacters.shtml) are unforgettable, from ol' Gran'ma Ben who fought the rat creatures in the big war, and isn't afraid to punch through a wall or two to fight 'em again, to the two rat creatures who really deep down just want a good quiche, each character is rich and engaging to the end.
I ended up reading the entire volume on Sunday. Beginning to end. I just could not put it down.
If anyone locally is interested in borrowing the book, I will gladly share it. If that doesn't work, I urge you to check it out. You can get the one volume edition for about 20 bucks from Amazon right now. Scholastic is making colored versions of the series, and in a few years we may see a One Volume Color Edition. I know I will be there to get it, too.
Headlong HijinxIn the beginning there was one way to get a Warthog into the defensive base on Headlong, and it was ok. One just drove over the bridge into the lower level of the Sword Building, gaining enough speed to clear the concrete block. Without hitting any walls along the way. -_-;;
Then there was much boredom. A newer, but more obscure way to get into the base with a Hog was found. It took patience, but it was possible to drive across the dangling beam onto the roof access.
Then there was more boredom. The 2nd way took too long, and the 1st was tricky too.
The lazy congregated and thought. Thought, blew stuff up, and thought.
What if we use a Wraith? Sure, it won't be possible in matchmaking, but this isn't matchmaking, now is it?