GLX reviews the final issue of Daytripper.
Writers/Artists - Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
Colorist - Dave Stewart
Throughout most of the series, Bras has run into death without any warning. In this final issue, his health problems alert him to some serious health issues; but he passes on the a treatment. It's not that he wants to die; it's just that the thought of dying doesn't bother him anymore. His attitude towards death, while interesting, doesn't pack a punch until the end.
This issue is about family....
"We carry our family inside of us. It's who we are."
...but it's ultimately about life. All of the moments within our lives and the way that we handle those moments. Without spoiling the ending, you'll see what I mean. I imagine that parents will especially be touched by the final pages.
Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba are strong storytellers. Their work is simply honest and natural. There's nothing pretentious or sappy about it. No photoshop-heavy scenes that look like storyboards instead of comic book panels. They use the medium to the fullest. Page 2 and page 3 contains nothing, but completely black panels. If these pages were handled by the average comic book team, they would be seen as a sign of lazy storytelling; yet Moon and Ba make it work. With appropriate dialogue and sound effects, those pages actually compliment the issue. Moon and Ba's work is strong enough to stand on its own; but Dave Stewart elevates it. He makes the art into something special.
Daytripper #10 is a solid finish to a wonderful mini-series. It's friendly to new readers, while loyal fans will be well-rewarded. As a whole, Daytripper is a comic that tackles life in an intelligent and honest fashion. For those that are waiting for the inevitable collection, you're in luck. It's the type of work that should easily make plenty of "Best of" lists. If you're tired of the event-heavy comic scene or just want a comic with some heart, you can't go wrong with Daytripper.
8.1* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX