Daytripper 2 (March 2010)

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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 wait until the next issue to find out and if something did happen, well, it’ll significantly change the way Daytripper works. But I don’t think anything happened.

They get a lot of the setting into the issue here, but also a lot of character. The reader gets to know the protagonist from his behavior, from his conversations, more than anything else. In fact, they have the change for an expository scene–the protagonist catching up with an aunt–but don’t show it.

The sense of dread, regardless of the ending, remains. Daytripper is bright, lush and tragic.

CREDITS

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

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