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Clover Honey Paperback – May 14, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; First Edition edition (May 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560971967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560971962
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,662,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Tommaso's first book-length work displays a handsomely quirky drawing style and an incipient talent for emotionally complex storytelling. A side trip to the racetrack (using mob money) results in a fatal misunderstanding between Trevor, a slacker hit man/courier for the Jersey mob, and his bosses, who decide he's stealing from them. Trevor goes into hiding and the Family asks his cousin Abigail, an apprentice hit chick and Trevor's former protege in crime, to find him. Abigail's search turns up Patty, a troubled mutual childhood friend, spurring a series of memory flashbacks-a familiar get-me-out-of-this-house portrait of a suffocating Italian American family-that provide the emotional backdrop for this ultimately tragic story. Despite Tommaso's efforts to portray characters trapped by fate and familial circumstance, the book's pop cultural and alternative-comics conventions (small-time wise guys screw up caper; cute, gun-toting Generation X heroine); and an ending centered on a predictable irony make the work seem slight, if entertaining and well supported by Tommaso's deftly mannered, cartoon-realist drawings.

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By Bobby.N on January 23, 2007
Overall, this short GN is a great book to own. It's not easy to find, but is a good example of a finely executed comicbook story. The grey tones in the book are a great strength and Rich's illustrations are rich and beautiful. The story is probably it's weakest point (in terms of believability), but having said that, it's still a LOT better than many Superhero stories one might read.

If you like rich's style, then you'll find his book 'Perverso' a better executed work. This one is still great. Definitely worth the money & time.
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By Daniel J. Mooney on April 13, 2010
Clover Honey is a great nihilistic crime drama. A man, Trevor, is sent to bet money on a horse. He pockets the money, and then the horse wins. His cousin, Abigail, a hitman-in-training is sent to find him. The action splits between Trevor's and Abigail's perspective. We see their history, their town, and their families. No one in this story is happy. No one in this story believes in much beyond themselves. Life is, and life sucks. The main characters are shells of people, drained by their environment and their life styles. There is no real joy or love in them, only apathy with occasional bouts of anger.

Tommaso's art style, as usual, accents the bleak and grimy world of the narrative. It is stylized, telling, beautiful, and ugly all at the same time. This book is a good read, if you are in the mood for this type of story. I recommend it highly to all.
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