Gabriel Bá

Daytripper 10 (November 2010)

Issue ten invalidates most of, if not all of, issue nine. Daytripper ends exactly the way I figured it would… Brás is a happy old man. Because Moon and Bá spend the second half of the series goofing around, they miss out on the most interesting parts of the story. Like, where’d the sister go […]

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Daytripper 9 (October 2010)

And there they go. Be nice, now, wave to Moon and Bá as they set Daytripper out to sea, absolving themselves of any narrative responsibility. This issue sums it all up. The issues have been dreams of Brás on his death bed. When he’s dying isn’t sure, maybe it’s a coma. It’s not important. There’s […]

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Daytripper 8 (September 2010)

Yeah, it’s clear Moon and Bá are now in the “trying new things” phase of Daytripper. Brás is away on business and dies while away on business. We read his notes, emails and letters and hear the other ends of conversations… he leaves an answering machine message. It’s a bit of a narrative experiment and […]

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Daytripper 7 (August 2010)

Here’s a… well, I don’t know what this issue is or does yet. Moon and Bá bring sensationalism to Daytripper with this issue like I never would have expected. It’s a sequel to the previous issue, instead of a standalone and it ends with Jorge (the protagonist’s best friend) going insane and killing him, then […]

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Daytripper 6 (July 2010)

Moon and Bá continue changing things up, as Daytripper has passed the halfway point. This issue is set after the first, but before the oldest–Brás is thirty-three and he’s not the focus of the first third of the comic. Instead, Moon and Bá do some brief setup of what’ll be his death, then flashback a […]

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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, […]

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Daytripper 4 (May 2010)

This issue should have been the second. Each issue ends with the protagonist’s death. It’s not clear yet whether Brás (the protagonist) is just writing himself obituaries on momental days–he was an obituary writer in his twenties and thirties–or if he’s actually dying at the end of every issue. If he’s writing the obituaries… it’s […]

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Daytripper 3 (April 2010)

Daytripper, specifically this issue, raises a big question–is the story universal? Does it work if the protagonist isn’t some soulful, devastatingly handsome Brazilian guy. The first issue does, the second issue doesn’t… and I don’t think this issue would work if the protagonist looked like George Costanza. This issue cuts back on the mystical realism, […]

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Daytripper 2 (March 2010)

I’m totally confused. Not with the mystical realism aspect–it’s nice to see it in a comic. Movies can’t do it, so it’s traditionally only in fiction. Bá and Moon do a nice job bringing it to the comic medium. No, I’m confused by the ending. Either something happens or it doesn’t and I’ll need to […]

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Daytripper 1 (February 2010)

Could this comic be more depressing? I’m going to use a word here and I don’t want anything thinking it’s pejorative or in some way dismissive. Daytripper is precious. It’s deliberate and it’s precious. I can’t believe Vertigo put it out; it’s a personal piece from Moon and Bá and they’re not discreet about it. […]

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B.P.R.D.: 1947 5 (November 2009)

Ok, so the whole thing was all about the Professor paying more attention to Hellboy? I mean, obviously, it can’t have been, what with little Hellboy only appearing in four of the five issues… oh, wait. The final issue features an utterly useless battle between a priest and the two vampires who messed up the […]

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B.P.R.D.: 1947 4 (October 2009)

It’s almost over. I’m going to make it! (I never thought I’d be making that comment about something Dysart wrote). This issue has less to recommend it than the previous one and it moves even faster. The pacing is accelerating. There’s even a lot of little Hellboy in this one and, while he’s cute and […]

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B.P.R.D.: 1947 3 (September 2009)

I wish I’d timed how long it took to read that issue. I’m sure I’d be disappointed. Here, at the end of issue three, I’m to where the first issue should have been ending. Now the actual story can kick off. Maybe. This issue kind of ends the story’s dramatic vehicle, so I guess maybe […]

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B.P.R.D.: 1947 2 (August 2009)

There’s no setting. It’s messing up the pacing. As much as I dislike comparing one thing to another for the purpose of a “review,” it’s pretty clear this series is breezing by because there’s no setting. It’s some guys in France. There’s nothing to the town–nothing about the French recovering from the war, for example; […]

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B.P.R.D.: 1947 1 (July 2009)

I don’t have an opinion yet. Of the story, I mean. The art is wonderful, obviously, it’s Bá and Moon. But the story… is a pickle. It’s not the Professor’s story, it’s the story of his agents, his agents who are very likely expendable. So we open this new story knowing the four men we […]

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