Okay, I know it’s been a while but I figured it’s about time I got back into the swing of comic blogging. So without further ado…

What: Bone: The Great Cow Race

Who: By Jeff Smith with color by Steve Hamaker

When: Originally independently published in 1992-1993 by Cartoon Books, republished in 2005 by Scholastic.

Where: Any major book or comic retailer.

Why: Bone is quite possibly the best comic work of all time. In this book, the 2nd of the 9 volume saga, we see the Bone cousins continue their interaction with the people, creatures and mysteries of the strange valley they find themselves in since being run out of their home in Boneville. Fone Bone tries to get closer to the lovely Thorn, whose dreams are increasingly becoming a problem, while Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone attempt to rig the villagers annual cow race.

The plot thickens for the Bones and the colors get richer in equal portions in this book. Scholastic’s reprints of the celebrated series are exciting to me for 2 reasons; the smaller dimensions and the wonderful colors of Steve Hamaker. I loved this series for years, but reading it in color is like reading it for the first time.

Jeff Smith’s Bone is one of the first thing’s I suggest when people ask me about getting into comics, and I can’t wait to push the colored version on someone soon.