Jeff Smith’s Bone is one of the greatest success stories of the 90’s self-publishing comics movement, and my third favorite graphic novel of all time. Bone straddles the remarkably difficult line of status as one of Time Magazine’s 10 best graphic novels, and as the franchise that launched Scholastic’s Graphix imprint in 2005, driving the boom of all ages and young readers comics that dominates the marketplace today.
In short, Bone is an all-time classic, and frankly a bit of a miracle.
Like a lot of readers getting into comics, I first read Bone as part of the giant all-in-one-volume that collects the entire story, all 55 issues that ran from 1991 to 2004, in one glorious reading package. Again, although I loved it, it didn’t occur to me until years later (as I sat down with the chance to interview Jeff Smith) that there was more to enjoy in the Bone Universe. Fortunately, there’s a nice array of supplemental story around the original Bone saga, and I’ll outline these stories and where they fit in context below. [Read more…] about Bone Universe Comics Reading Order!