Daytripper is an interesting little book. It really is, unfortunately the conceit of the book began to feel tired after last issue. It is an odd book to put out in a field of comics plagued by death. Heroes are killed and resurrected constantly. Maybe that is the point that the creators are trying to get across and despite the nature of the conceit, it certainly is more powerful than the umpteenth death of a Hawkman.
The strengths of the book have been the characterizations though. Ba and Moon have set out to make us know this character through each iteration with expert exposition and a feel for the setting, surroundings, and very nature of their character.
That is why this issue feels so weak. There is a great sense of how Bras reacts to things around him, who he is as a soul, but until the closing narrative, we don't really know who he is other than an expectant father and a son who just lost his own patriarch. The fears of not meeting his father's expectations only come towards the end and the mother comes off as a scarier father figure in this episode.
It is obvious that the illegitimate child will be explored in future issues, but here it feels forced and unneeded and more importantly, it is unsatisifactorily dealt with. It is just to make his dad seem like the creep he was, instead of showing a tender moment when Bras wants to be like him.
Certainly all sons live to a certain extent in the shadows of their fathers, it is a guiding theme in the Dark Tower Comics, we all find ourselves wanting to be like them or escape their mistakes. All of this is brought about too close to the end of this narrative... the first issue of the series lends clues to this relationship, problem is these are alternative lives of Bras, it is not rational to assume that this Bras who has become a novelist and overcome his feelings of inadequecy as a writer would still be trying to play catch up to his dad and certainly not to the extent that he would just allow his heart to fail. Maybe Jorge not being around makes him lose his grounding to the real world, but to this reader, this issue feels more force and contrived than the others, its purpose is brought too late and feels rushed.
The art is also somewhat less thrilling than past issues. Suddenly we are not in exotic locales. We are in common houses and hospitals, the sense of wonder that was present in previous issues is lost as a result allowing further harm to the narrative that the artists have been building.
I said it before in this thread and I stand by it, this has all the markings of a good, but not great college creative writing assignment. It's a shame that the conceit has hurt what was one of the strongest opening issues of the last few years. The book is not a lost cause yet, this is a bump in the road. While this reader tires of the conceit, I am still impressed with the character work and interwoven nature of the stories. If the book can manage to finish as strong as it started, it will have been a feat of modern comic storytelling, here's hoping the best for this experiment.
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead