You wake up in the rubble and see a ragged, desperate one-armed man greeting you. He give you underground to a safe space, feeds you, offers you a place to sleep, and then announces that he 'll take the first watch. It 's s long before the peril of the jagged landscape has located you and your newfound protector and is scratching at the door.

What transpires is a moment-to-moment struggle for survival- Road meets Dawn of the Dead. Daybreak is seen through the eyes of a silent observer as he follows his protector and runs from the hadows of the imminent zombie threat. Brian Ralph slowly builds the tension of the zombies on the periphery, letting the threat—rather than the actual carnage—be the driving force. The postapocalyptic backdrop features tangles of rocks, lumber, I-beams, and overturned cars that are characters in and of themselves.

New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller and YALSA Great Graphic Novel For Teens, Daybreak is an art-house take on he classic zombie genre.
Year of the Publication
Available Languages
Number of Pages
Publication Date
Published September 27th 2011 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published August 30th 2011

Public Commentary

Post a Comment
You should sign in to post a comment
rated it

he oncept of presenting a graphic novel from the reader 's perspective is interesting, but book fails at doing it well.

Which in itself would not ecessarily be a goo thing, it 's just would need someone with more talent than the author of th novel.

Why the author sought to show this scene at level of the zombies' knees I 'm not sure.

rated it

One of the cooler things about his ovel is its second person, with the reader being addressed and led by the memoi 's characters throughout.

rated it

he point of view way of askin he story is different from how usual zombie stories are done and Brian Ralph does a fine job of elling a 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 a novel and though that it deserves a wider audience, especially those who njoy the zombie sub-genre of contemporary orror, but who also like really well done indie comics.

rated it

An old school zombie tale with tension, darkness, barf, and bites! The illustrations are a surprising blend of drab and creepy.

Th hilarious, dangerous post-apocalyptic world filled with hiding, scavenging, and running.

Yet you know -- can feel that everybod is out there in the dark watching and waiting to attack.

You ’ re oing to ave to dive in with a lashlight and machete at the ready to find out.

rated it

I alway like the Key and Peele zombie sketch.

Humor and zombies go well together.

But similarl, of course, there is that terrifying thing that happens when a blank-eyed creature keeps coming for you, slow and steady ( sort of like the turtle and the hare fable turned bloodbath.

Admittedly the humblest hares have to stop for a carrot now and hen, and that 's when the trouble really hits.) The book has that point of view thing everyone is talking about.

He 's like a bad penny. " I 'm dam sure there are a lot of imilar characters in literature and I just ca n't think of any right now.

rated it

Picked this up because I ’ ve been enjoying the Netflix series it inspired.

Books with the same Available Languages

The Sweet Life in Paris
Confessions of a Las Vegas Motorcop
Before We Were Strangers
Tombs of Endearment
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
Bury Your Dead
Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized
Dangerous Allies
Dragon's Rescue

Books with the same Categories

Before We Were Strangers
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
Bury Your Dead
Christmas at Carnton
Girl in the Shadows
If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
The Magician
Playing Possum

Same Year of the Publication

Confessions of a Las Vegas Motorcop
It's Not Shakespeare
Cruelty To Innocents
Ember and Ash (Castings, #4)
Phantom Evil
A Singapore Love Story
Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived
Vespers Rising
The Last Word

About Authors

© Nicole Waggonner