Saturday, January 16, 2010

Daytripper #2

by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

This issue of Daytripper is very different from the previous. Where the first comic was a realistic depiction of the end of Brás de Oliva Domingos's life, this issue is more fantastical. This time around, the focus is on a time when Brás is 21, and traveling around the country with his friend Jorge, visiting the quieter, more contemplative places in Brazil.

Brás meets a girl while swimming, and they tour the market, sleep together, and then arrange to meet at the festival for Iemanjá, a sea goddess. This issue is also about how people define themselves, and how your work is not who you are, a lesson that the 21-year old Brás, most likely traveling on his father's money, has not had the occasion to learn yet.

Moon and Bá are working in the Latin American magical realist tradition, although they keep such influences subtle. I like the way each issue in this series is going to represent a different stage or moment in Brás's life, while also providing increased insight into his character.

Of course, the best thing about this comic is the art. The brothers are outdoing themselves, and completing some stunningly beautiful work. Dave Stewart's colours compliment the book perfectly.

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