If ever there was an argument for supporting your local small business, it would be your neighborhood comic book store. The employees that work at mine must truly be magicians, weaving a multitude of spells that convince me to buy almost every graphnic novel that they shove into my hands and devour them, page after glorious page. Most recently, Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba was pushed into my shopping bag–not that I needed much convincing to read the 2011 Eisner Award winner for Best Limited Series.
Daytripper is about Brazilian obituarist Bras de Oliva Domingos who spends the entirety of the novel in an odd state–dying. He dies as a young man, on the cusp of adulthood. And then as a boy, at the beginning of a great adventure. Again as an old man and all the years in between. Or does he? The story that twins Moon and Ba tell with their words and pictures are the story of one life, comprised of the endless lives that we lead. It is not only the story of Bras but of the people who rotate in and out of it–a wife, a lover, a child, a parent. To be even more cliche (though the book is not), death is quite literally the ending of an old chapter and the beginning of a new one.
To tell you anymore would be denying you the pleasure of discovering Bras’s world yourself, which you should try to enter at your earliest opportunity. It’s beautiful, it’s mystical, and it’s familiar, yet foreign all at the same time. This is truly one of the most gorgeous graphic novels that I’ve read since I first started reading them in earnest and it’ll go on many a friend’s bookshelf.