Friday, August 2, 2013

Daytripper Review

Hey Everyone, 

This week for the graphic novel review: Daytripper. 

Back in February 2011 one of the best graphic novels I ever read was released, The Daytripper written and drawn by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. Gabriel and Fabio are identical Brazilian twins who live in Sao Paolo, Brazil. 

Daytripper is the story of the life of Bras de Olivia Domngos, but with a twist. At the end of each chapter Bras dies. This is meant to show how precious life is and how easily it can be taken away, a point that has been reiterated in real life with names like Trayvon and Oscar. 

But unlike real life we get to see what happens to Bras if fate twisted in a less cruel way. We get to see him meet the love of his life, have his first child, find his voice and achieve his dream of being a writer like his father.

 And that is what The Daytripper is about, it’s about the moments that make a life. I found that the chapters that affected me the most were the ones that I know personally, the despair and loneliness after a breakup, watching yourself and your best friend grow apart and become strangers, and the symmetry we all experience by both losing and becoming a parent.

Ba and Moon do a wonderful job of capturing these moments with their pens and brushes. They do an amazing job of immersing the reader into Sao Paolo, making the city and the country a living character. All the while conveying the characters thoughts and feelings through nothing more than the silent looks. I do not think it would be hyperbole to call this graphic novel a masterpiece and I considerate it a must read not just for fans of comics but for fans of great storytelling.

Review by Sam.
Twitter: BigSam425

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