Daytripper 5 (June 2010)

Since we’ve gotten through unsympathetic Brás, we now get very sympathetic Brás, set when he’s eleven. Moon and Bá do two new things here. First they introduce a character who we should have heard about already–Brás’s older sister. She appears here, even gets an important scene to herself; she’s never been in the comic before, which raises the question of how the issues are connected.

Second, Brás’s death this time is shown first as how his sister and his mother experience it. The reader doesn’t find out until the very end, after they have. That approach is new.

I love Daytripper and it is a wonderful book, but Moon and Bá have to come up with a viable reason for this approach. Temporal vignettes without the protagonist dying each issue would have worked just as effectively… maybe more so, given how the character changes over the decades.

Still, lovely.


11; writers and artists, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá; colorist, Dave Stewart; letterer, Sean Konot; editors, Brandon Montclare, Pornsak Pichetshote and Bob Schreck; publisher, Vertigo.