A review by clarabooksit
Daytripper: Deluxe Edition by Fábio Moon
dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced
- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? It's complicated
- Loveable characters? No
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
The art is fraught with loneliness, uncertainty and desire. It’s dark and often ugly with pockets of beautiful scenery and prose. I liked the exploration of death and what it means to live, how each chapter built on the last, and the way the main character’s relationship with his father shapes much of his character as well as the story.
Having said that, there was this blatantly masculine romanticism on display that was very off-putting. There are very few female characters and they’re all foils for the hero, never actualized as characters themselves. Even his eventual wife is only depicted as the vessel for his happiness and the mother of his son. All of the deep and meaningful relationships the hero has are with other men. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, but for a story lacking in female characters, it would’ve been nice to see one of them as an actual person.
Additionally, while I initially loved the friendship between the hero and his best friend, the way it ended was awful and strange. I’m not sure how to process it.
Overall, I liked the non-linear storytelling and the way it built the story. I didn’t like what I can only describe as overtly male romanticism. But I think I’d still recommend it.
Graphic: Car accident, Death, Grief, Gun violence, Murder, and Violence
Moderate: Sexual content