I'm getting close to the end of the brilliant Bone comic book series with only one more volume to go. The inhabitants of the valley, including our friends the Bones, Thorn and Gran'ma Ben, have taken shelter in the old capital city of Atheia. Even on safer ground, Briar seems to be able to reach Thorn, though not quite possess her. Supported by Fone Bone, her strongest advocate, Thorn is starting to come into her own, standing up to Gran'ma Ben and others overly eager to protect her. Phoney Bone is up to his old scheming ways but I have a sneaking suspicion he has a reluctant hero role yet to play.
Just in case anyone is left with any doubts of Jeff Smith's genius in the sequential art medium, he executes a perfect visual rendition of the shave-and-a-haircut knock on page 87.