Rose by Jeff Smith

Published: 2002

Genre: fantasy graphic novel

Length: 150 pages

Setting: the world of Bone, decades before the events of Bone

Interest: I saw the graphic novel at the library and picked it up because it looked like it was a about fairy tales (which is something Miss Adventure is enjoying quite a bit lately). Turns out, it is a prequel to the Bone series, which the whole family has read and loved.

Summary: Rose and Briar are still young princesses, learning how to open their dreaming eye. Rose has the strongest dreaming eye the nation has seen in a while, while Briar can’t access her dreaming eye. They are taken to Old Man’s Cave for their last test, which will determine which of the two will be the heir to the throne. The dragons are also worried. The earth seems to have taken on a new hum, which has convinced a river dragon to go rogue. Someone has also convinced the hairy men to fight to retake the valley. Turns out, the Locust King has turned Briar into his puppet, and Rose must work to restore balance.

Final thoughts: This was a nice prequel to the Bone series. You see many of the characters in Bone show up here – Rose, the Red Dragon, the Locust King, and the stupid, stupid rat creatures (my favorite!). Even in 150 pages, you get a nice story arc and introduction to the characters. It would probably be enjoyable even if you hadn’t read the Bone series, but it’s even better if you have. I’m tempted to go back and read Bone since it’s been a while. I want to be reminded of what happened to all those characters.

I’m not a big fan of the art, though. The artist had a real problem with people, and their neck and heads. The creatures and backgrounds were nice, but don’t look too close at the people’s faces.

Title comes from: The main character’s name was Rose

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