daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba – A Book Review

daytripper is the perfect marriage of art and story and unlike anything I’ve ever read.  Created by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, daytripper follows the stories of Bras de Oliva Domingos.  Bras is an obituary writer, a novelist, a son, a father, a lover, a friend, and a dog owner.  He lives and he dies; he dies and he lives.

Though this is a book of sequential art, it is not the stuff of superheroes, monsters, aliens, or robots.  It is about a man, and it is about all of the possibilities that surround every man and woman’s life.  To turn left instead of right opens up a whole new world of potential, and we get to experience what could be with Bras, and what was.  I will reveal no more than that, for to do so would be to spoil the rich experience of daytripper.

While the concept of daytripper is extremely ambitious, Moon and Ba execute it perfectly.  The story is not mired down by the plot, and the characters thrive within the structure of the story rather than drowning within it.

Put quite simply: daytripper is literature at its finest and among my favorite books of all time.

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