By: Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (creators), Dave Stewart (colors) & Sean Konot (letters)
The Story: Has Bras lost his best friend in a plane crash? Will Bras die again?
What’s Good: The marriage of story and art continues to be just exemplary in Daytripper. Ba and Moon are really doing a great job of finding real events that we can all associate with: birth of a child, death of a family member, finding new romance, or…in this case, the fear that a good friend has been lost.
The basic premise for this issue is that there has been a plane crash. Bras, who is a lowly obituary writer at the newspaper, is asked to write obituaries for the victims. Bras really throws himself into the work, but is very concerned about his good friend who was supposed to be on the flight. We repeatedly see Bras try to call his buddy on his cell (which is what we’d all do), and be disappointed when it just rolls to voice mail. Haven’t we all been in that situation: Calling a friend who you’re worried about, having their phone roll to voice mail and thinking in the back of your mind….”That’s exactly what the phone would do if ______________ happened.” It is just amazing how well Ba and Moon are able to find these little parts of life and then use them to build drama and a story. They are also masters of facial expression and body language. Daytripper could almost be a silent comic in places and you would still know what is going on.
What’s Not So Good: I’ll point back to my reviews of issues #5 and #4 and say that I’m still ready for them to mix up the ending a bit. However, the “expected” ending didn’t bug me as much as the last couple of issues. Perhaps it was because it wasn’t quite as “expected”? I also think I’m starting to get the point…there is a very strong “live each day to its fullest” message here. We keep seeing Bras bite the big one after eventful moments in his life, but at least it was after something eventful. Bras gets killed by random things like logs falling off a logging truck and those things kill folks every day in the real world. And most of those real world deaths probably weren’t on the day their child was born or the day they started flirting with a cute new girl. They were just folks sucked into the humdrum existence of racing to-and-from work, rushing to the grocery store, etc. I think Ba and Moon are trying to point out that random events can get you at any time.
Conclusion: Even though I now have a theory, I’m still not entirely sure where this series is going, but you cannot deny the craft going on here. This is a definite “buy.”
– Dean Stell