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Daybreak Hardcover – September 27, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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"Brian Ralph’s comics present more than meets the eye, but they’re eye candy, too, and work well as fantasy stories that cover a specific landscape over a period of time roughly equivalent to the experience of seeing how they unfold. I find them immensely pleasurable." —TOM SPURGEON, Comics Reporter

"Brian Ralph’s adventure stories combine the hand-crafted charm of indie comics with the well-thought-out thrills of good pulp. A-" —The Onion, The A.V. Club

About the Author

BRIAN RALPH is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a professor of sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; First Edition edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460553
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Daybreak is a comic that uses the medium in a new, interesting way- and the end result is a story that is finely tuned with emotion. As mentioned on the back cover, the entire story is told to you from a first person perspective. You are introduced to the main character, a one-armed man who is simply fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited with zombies. He is your guide through a gorgeously drawn wasteland, and over time through his struggles and good humor, he becomes our friend.
By having the viewer as an active participant in the action, a strong atmosphere is created that grips the reader until the very last page. We become emotionally invested in the story's outcome and are curious to see what fate lies in store for us and our one-armed pal.

Daybreak isn't like anything else in the 'zombie' genre of fiction. It is a sweet and heartfelt look at friendship during times of survival, and the zombies are just the element of distress that add to the story's overall landscape. This is a must-read comic for anyone who pines for a fresh look at visual storytelling.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wasn't sure what constitutes an "art house" book when I saw this advertised as such and picked it up out of curiosity & b/c I like a good tale that involves the cannibalistic undead. And this is such a tale. Ralph's art work serves the story very well and at times it has the feel of deconstructing a horror movie frame by frame and reprinting them on the page. The story itself--man in post-apocalyptic world attempting to survive & the characters he meets--moved right along and compelled me to read on to see what happened. Don't let the "art house" description turn you off if such a thing would do so; if you enjoy what Robert Kirkman or George Romero have done with zombies, you'll enjoy this.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Zombies. Mystery. Beautiful Artwork. Great Writing. These are all the reasons you need to get this book and read it. At first I thought the idea of "first person" protagonist that never speaks as a gimmick. I was WRONG! Once you get into the story you realize that YOU are the protagonist. The reader. After that you become immersed in a world that is too awesome to spoil for you here.
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Format: Hardcover
Told from the point of view (POV) of you, the reader, the book opens with a one armed boy talking to you in a post-apocalyptic landscape surrounded with junk and dirt. You and the boy go on a journey that takes in the rest of this strange world until you realise that the reason why it all went to hell was because people started turning into zombies. That's right, this is an arty comic book version of the zombie apocalypse!

The drawing style is similar to James Kochalka's, which is no bad thing by the by, he's an excellent artist, but the story is really great, sweeping you up in the confusion into a fast paced plot and ultimately a personal tragedy. The point of view way of telling the story is different from how usual zombie stories are done and Brian Ralph does a fine job of telling the story via this approach.

The character of the one-armed boy is well written and his story arc is dealt with brilliantly, from a rapscallion you feel sorry for to ultimately a real person who bravely faces up to their fate.

I really enjoyed this book and felt that it deserves a wider audience, especially those who enjoy the zombie sub-genre of contemporary horror, but who also like really well done indie comics. Brian Ralph has written and drawn a wonderful comic that I loved reading, one that is definitely worth checking out for yourself.
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