Review: Daytripper

Published on February 22nd, 2011

This week, we have a very special Trade Tuesday for you. You might be asking yourself, “What makes this so special?” Well hold your horses, if you would just give me a second, I’ll get to that! This week, we’re going to be looking at Vertigo’s Daytripper, by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. While this ten issue series was coming out I kept hearing people talk about how good it was, Simon even made it his pick for one of the POW podcasts. So when this trade finally hit the stands a couple of weeks ago, I decided to pick it up and read it for myself.

daytripperAt first, I was a little disappointed. Nobody had any super powers, and nobody was wearing any colorful costumes! How can this be a comic book? Well apparently, every once in a while someone will come along and write a comic book that’s not about super heroes. Weird. All kidding aside, this is a fantastic book. I’m not the smartest guy around so I may have missed some of the stuff they were trying to get across to the reader, but while reading this, I actually felt moved. It’s so well written, and it does an amazing job of making this character relatable to anyone, no matter what age you are in your life.

I don’t want to get into too much detail on this book because I think everyone should experience it on their own. Every issue follows the life of Bras Oliva Domingos at a different age in his life. A couple of the issues feature him in his 30’s, one features him when he’s 11, and a couple follow him in his old age. Every issue of this book ends with Bras dying. It’s strange to see the main character die at the end of every issue, but at the same time it’s fascinating, and also really sad.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Why would I want to read something that’s just going to make me sad?” It may be sad, but one of the main points in this book is that death is a part of life. You can’t escape death so you have to find a way to accept it. Yeah, dying sucks, and it sucks when someone you know dies, but you can’t control it. Several of the deaths in the book involve Bras just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I think one of the messages in the book is that you have to live your life to the fullest because you never know what could happen. That may be a message we see a lot in books or movies, but how often do you think that way in your daily life? How many opportunities have you missed in your life because you always think you’ll have time to do them?

I really did enjoy reading this book. The writing and the art are amazing, and complement each other so well. There are so many panels in this book that may just look ordinary, but they’re drawn that way to get you to relate to it, and make you believe that it’s the real world. I love the colors, too. Sometimes everything just sort of blends together, but then you’ll get a page where everything just pops out at you.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s one of the best trades I have ever read, and reading it all at once in trade form really gets you to understand it as a whole instead of as separate parts. The book lists for $19.99, and considering it’s ten issues that’s not a bad price, or you could go to Amazon where it’s listed for just over ten bucks. Get it now while that price lasts because this is a fantastic book.

Ken Zeider