Monday, February 28, 2011

Daytripper #1

Story & Art:  Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Vertigo Comics

Cover Date:  February 2010

In short, this is a story about a day in the life of a man who writes obituaries for a living while he works on a novel.  This particular day is right after his father dies.

Bras de Oliva Domingos is the son of a famous Brazilian writer.  As he reflects on his father's life, it gives him the opportunity to think about his own life.  The pacing of the story is very relaxed but does not drag.  The life of Bras is not action packed but it keeps the reader hooked.  

The art is a perfect fit for the story.  Whichever brother does the interiors (I think it was Moon) knows how to tell a story.  One of my recent complaints is the lack of sequential storytelling in comics.  This is a great example of how it should be done.  The positioning of the characters in a panel lead the reader to the next panel in the story.  Sometimes it is as subtle as the direction the main character's eyes are looking.  Other times it is the positioning of items in the panel direct the reader.  

Somehow, this slow paced story does not seem slow.  The brothers who created this book also added one of the best final pages I have seen in a comic book.  I have no clue where they will go after this page.

5 out of 5 stars.

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