Most people think of caped crusaders when they hear the term 'graphic novel' but Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba's Daytripper is quite a departure from this realm. Owing more to Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run in theme and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction in structure than to any conventional graphic novel, Daytripper is set in modern-day Sao Paulo, Brazil where aspiring novelist Brás de Oliva Domingos dreams of leaving his hack job as a newspaper obituary writer and striking out of the shadow of his father, a literary demigod and national treasure.
Daytripper follows Brás through the most important days of his life--meeting his future wife, the birth of his son, and the impetus for his first novel--presented out of sequence like memories drifting through his mind. Each day is revealed not as it actually happened but as it may have unfolded with highs and lows, stirring connections and missed opportunities. A jarring twist early on that I will avoid spoiling creates the crux of the story that allows this device to work and raises the scaffold on which Brazilian wonder twins Moon and Ba build drama and suspense, so much so that it's hard not to devour Daytripper in a single sitting. What's even more compelling is how each chapter and each choice alters not just what follows but what they reader has already learned about Brás and his life's story.
All in all, Daytripper's single days culminate, as all our days do, in a life and, along with that, a hopeful and ebullient reflection on life, what it means to be loving and present, and what a weighty but joyous responsibility that is when fully realized.
....Which is why Daytripper would make a standout Oscar-worthy film and thought-piece, a gift to moviegoers who've grown accustomed to the surge in blockbusters like The Dark Knight and cable series like The Walking Dead (based on the series by Robert Kirkman) and may be open to a human drama descended from the pages of a lush and visually-stunning graphic novel. Don't wait for the Hollywood retelling of this Eisner Award winner and former New York Times #1 bestseller--see it unfold with Ba's stunning artwork as it was meant to be.
If I can't convince you, let Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance do it: ""Beautifully written and utterly gorgeous, DAYTRIPPER completely blew me away." — Gerard Way