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Zero wrote:I read this, and I'm back so I thought I'd play.
Daytripper #4 "41"
[spoiler]Bras dies at the end. [/spoiler]
Something that sounds so big is really nothing of the sort, and it's fairly obvious to anyone who's been reading every issue that the most important days of Bras' life have all been capped off with him thinking up his own obituary. Asking himself how he'd be remembered. Seems like a weird thing for anyone to do, but Bras is introspective and constantly seems unsure of himself. So why would the creators have said that this is a comic about life?
Because every issue shows us one of the key days in a man's life and here we've got the day Bras becomes a father, and loses his own. The dialogue isn't perfect, but it's certainly easy to hear the characters speaking, albeit in heavily accented English. The story is slight but with plenty of room to breathe and more than any issue since the first it provides fuel for further stories.
That the story is so easy to read is helped a great deal by the art. I doubt anyone expected a Moon\Ba comic to be ugly, but this is career best work from the boys with soft colours making the grounded art pop far more than the OTT trip that Casanova was or the demented pop art in Umbrella Academy. God it's a pretty book to look at and ultimately it's the prettiness that helps overcome the slim story and slows the book down. It makes 22 pages feel like 24 hours and it's a joy to read.
Not exactly heavyweight stuff but it's pretty enough for that not to matter.
MrBlack wrote:Daytripper #4
I knew nothing about this series coming in, aside from the main character's name. During my initial read, the ending completely blew me away. I thought it was incredibly ballsy to kill the main character in the story four issues into a series.
Then I learned that Bras dies at the end of every issue. Well, that certainly takes away from the impact of that scene! Still, I will give the creators credit for putting together a single issue that really had an effect on me, especially since I am an expectant father, and one who is under a lot of stress at the present moment. You can really feel the tension building around Bras through the issue and then in one small moment in all comes crashing down on him.
The art was a perfect fit to the issue. It was a nice mix of cartoonish and realistic, and the artist is very capable of getting each character's emotions across to the reader.
I know this is part of a larger series and that there is some major twist at the end. I know some people did not like this issue as much as other ones. I know that some people thought the attempt at emotion resonance in this issue fell flat.
But fuck it. I liked this issue.
Zero wrote:The hell is wrong with your shop?
Big two publishers?
thefourthman wrote:This is an interesting take on the book. THe only problem I see with your obituary theory is that there are slight differences in the version of Bras at play. Here he is an up and coming novelist who has given up the obituary game, in the first issue, he is a failed writer who never got out of the obituary gig. However the reflection bit is an insight I had not thought of.
I disagree with you on the power of this issue obviously, but thanks for a new way to look at the book going forward.
Zero wrote:Ah, but the first issue is set before this one. The titles of the issues are his ages in the stories and while in the first one he hadn't taken off as a writer quite yet, here he's kept at it and followed through. Telling the stories out of chronological order is an odd choice, but I'm sure it's for a reason.
I'm not saying the book's bad by any means, but it just hasn't had the power that I think it'll have when collected and we can see the full picture.
thefourthman wrote:where did all this fake fourthman crap start anyhow?
and why the hell am I not in the article?
guitarsmashley wrote:I wont be reading next week. I'm on the trade schedule for irredeemable.
amlah6 wrote:Because I did it before you posted. (I don't post the link here until it gets slideshowed on the front page.)
Now that I'm including scans from the issues, once I've finished the column thingy I probably won't be going back in and adding later reviews as that would futz up my spacing which is kind of tricky to get right in the first place.
thefourthman wrote:you should post a deadline in the op then.
Each Tuesday I will putting together all of our reviews and we will have our very own article on the front page of The Outhouse! If you would like for your review to be included, please try to have it posted by the end of day on Monday.
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