I’ve come to look forward to each issue of this book as a refreshing view of life on a different continent and in a different but somewhat familiar society, and as a new look at some of the book’s characters each time. The simple idea of telling about the life of one Brás de Oliva Domingos and his friends and relations, usually one day per issue, always a different year per issue, is fascinating. The story skips around to all different ages (ages 11, 38 and 33 in these issues), and the events and timeline are purposely not consistent, so we see different versions of this life, taking alternate paths due to changed decisions or occurrences. I no longer care if there’s an overall structure and theme that will tie everything together at the end, I’m happy to enjoy the ride. Both the writing and art are warm, relaxed, human and welcoming. The fact that Brás meets his end at the finish of each issue no longer seems ominous or even very sad. It’s more a feeling of quiet closure.
In issue 7, Brás is searching for his missing friend Jorge, and when he finds him, things take a very strange turn indeed. If this had been the first issue, I’d have been shocked. Now I take it in, sigh, think, and prepare for the next episode. What a great TV series this could make, if anyone would be willing to sponsor it!