Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, twin brothers probably best known as the art team behind Casanova, team up here on Vertigo’s 10-issue limited series Daytripper as both sides of the creative team. Daytripper follows Bras de Olivia Domingos, an obituary writer who aspires to follow in the footsteps of his novelist father. The first issue follows him through a single day, largely acting to set up the story and introduce the supporting cast. Despite that, Daytripper #1 remains a relatively engaging opening issue, despite a few minor slip-ups.
The art is seems a bit shaper than their work on Casanova, though stylistically, of course, it remains largely the same. Ba and Moon’s crisp, exaggerated style (nonetheless toned down from Casanova) works exceedingly well with the script, giving all the characters distinct physical personalities. Moon and Ba’s frantic style is surprisingly well-suited to the slow-paced drama they’ve built here, and they do an respectable job distinguishing the lush Brazilian setting from a million other cities we see in comics.
It’s hard to say where the series will go from here thanks to a strange late-issue twist, but up until then, Daytripper suggests a fairly sharp drama about the influence of family and writing. While the issue doesn’t offer enough to give a firm view of where it’s going or what it wants to do, the issue’s natural dialogue and excellent, stylistic art offer a solid reason to stick around. Daytripper, which does not yet have any intimations of horror, the supernatural, or any other extraordinary element (and no sex, language, and little gore), may not seem like a standard choice for a Vertigo mini, but Ba and Moon make a pretty good case for giving their 10-issue series a chance.
– Cal Cleary