Thursday, July 15, 2010

Daytripper #8

by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

This issue of Daytripper is very different from all that ones that have preceded it.  Each issue of the series so far has shown us a short series of events, taking place over a few days, of a different year in the life of Brás de Oliva Domingos, a Brazilian writer.  Each issue has ended with a variation on the same theme, and this issue is no different that way, but unlike the others in the series, Brás does not make a single appearance in the book.

That is not to say that he is absent from the story.  Instead, his wife and young son are the stars of the issue, as they go about their usual routines without him, as he is on a book tour.

Brás has a very different relationship with his family than most.  His love for his wife and son is central to who he is, and he can not keep from making that known to them on an almost constant basis.  Even though Brás is away from his family, he is constantly communicating with them through letters, e-mails, voice messages, text messages, and post-it notes left in the home.  In this way, his presence, and his love, surrounds them always, at least until the standard ending of the story takes over.

This series is easily criticized for being a little pretentious and, in this case, perhaps a little obvious, but it is also one of the most beautiful comics I've read in a while, both in terms of the writing and the art.  Bá and Moon evoke strong emotions in this work, and every page is a delight to look at.  I find myself lingering on each page and panel, taking in the wonderful art, and trying to delay the inevitable ending.  This is amazing stuff.

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