The Return of the Honey Buzzard Graphic novel review

hb1Simon has the tatters of a bookshop that has been in the family for 3 generations. Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in just three generations. The things that have haunted his family have also begun to haunt him. The lost of the family business, the deep fear of being unable to control destiny and the way you always live in a shell of the past as you travel to the present. The past and the future are in conflict in many of his moments as he remembers the day something horrible happened. Waking dreams and sleepless nights with each bringing to the surface the hard sadness of death and sudden loss. He finds the other worlds and his world are about to be smashed apart when he witnesses the suicide of an old woman.

hb2Self Made hero have made some great graphic novels rise to the top of the tree. Some of these works are stunning and others are slow and steady burning pieces. It is hard not to judge the way that a simple story can be lost in itself, by this I mean that the story can become so simple yet so convoluted in its subtext. Take the emptiness of the stockrooms, the shattered spaces of the train movements and the hollow spaces of home and heart. In its core, the story is stuck in its reliance on convention. Honey Buzzard suffers from the reality being broken with the past and the exposition of details that are unsubtle and uneasy. It leaves the reader in a vortex of emotion but they seem often crow barred into our space and our time. We cant avoid being disturbed by the novel hitting us with convention and then emotion, followed by the histrionics of the events that unfold. Its unsubtle, uncaring storytelling that is not grand but might be a better film than a novel…

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