I’ve been meaning to write this review for some time now. Daytripper by brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon from Vertigo comics is a comic I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. I don’t want to reveal too much about the story, only that it follows the life of the son of a famous Brazillian author, Bras de Oliva Domingos. And that’s all I will say, as there is a twist to the story that I can’t just give away, and for that this review will be short.
What the Brazilian brothers accomplish is a well paced, thought invoking tale about life and all the little moments that it encompasses. The brother’s greatest combination is their ability to draw (no pun intended) their readers to one panel, which then asks the reader to take an extra second to let the emotions that are taking place set in before they can move on to the next panel. It’s a great technique that they use from time to time when the story wants the reader to slow down and think for just a second.
Separately, the brothers excel at their portion of the story. Ba writes some excellent dialogue and orders his events so you need to know what happens next, or what happened before. This is also great for defining who Bras is, as well as the supporting cast around him. Moon creates a variety of scenes, scenes with scope that seem to look past the horizon, as well as scenes of closeness, where he gets right in your face and gets you to feel whatever the characters are feeling. Moon clearly has a cartoonist style that relies on a few lines to express any emotion that is going on, and it synchs with Ba’s story telling, allowing panels to blend together when need, which are smooth and natural.
There is more I could say about this book, but the less I say means the more you get to experience. This is a powerful piece of work, and I highly suggest you find the time to read it and read it in one sitting; you’ll thank me later. One more thing, Please pass this book along if you can. The more people who read this, the more people who can see how comics can evoke some great emotion and be a great read, the better.