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Two Brothers

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,131 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. And the possessive love of their mother, Zana, stirs the troubled waters between them even more. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub, “the good son,” is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return fi ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published October 14th 2015 by Dark Horse Originals (first published March 6th 2015)
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Dave Schaafsma
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-lit-based
Two Brothers is a 2015 graphic novel about twin Brazilian brothers by twin Brazilian brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. The text is based on popular Brazilian novelist Milton Hatoum's 2000 novel Brothers, and is set in Manaus, where Hatoum was born and grew up. Hatoum's father was Lebanese, and thus had occasion to think about living bi-culturally.

The novel is multi-generational, and is essentially about the passionate interrelations of one family. As with Moon and Bá's Daytripper, it is lusty
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it

Oh wow.
That was unexpected.
I didn't think the story would be this deep and so dark and depressing at times.

Full review to follow.
Suad Shamma
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, 2015, graphic-novels
Although I enjoyed the illustrations, I wasn't too fond of the storytelling. I didn't like any of the characters, I hated this toxic jealousy that existed within the brothers, and the toxic relationship between the mother and her favourite child. I understand that this is all part of the storyline, but it wasn't one I enjoyed reading about.

Despite the fact that the story pretty much starts out with a good brother and an evil brother, it moves on to show the downwards spiral of the good brother
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exquisitely beautiful story of a family. Of jealousy within a family, of a father's jealousy over his wife,'s love for the children, the mother's jealousy over her best-loved child, the male member's jealousy over the females and vice versa, the mother's jealousy of the women who come to love her son's but biggest of all is the jealousy between twin boys for the love of the same girl. Parents grow older and die and sons grow older and become fathers. But the twins father one son between them nev ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I became aware of this one through my daughter, although I have read the wonderful Daytripper in the past.

This one is a passionate, emotional, dark tale of the jealousy between two brothers that follows them all their lives and hurts everyone around them. The story is somewhat black and white, with the jealousy between the two brothers never wavering. The artwork fills in a lot of the emotion that the story may not delve into. I didn't realize this was based on a book by Milton Hatoum, and I imm
Elizabeth A
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, graphix
This graphic novel is an adaptation of Brothers, a novel written by the popular Brazilian writer Milton Hatoum. I had not heard of either the book or the original author, so was interested to get my hands on it.

The story revolves around the relationship of twin brothers, Omar and Yaqub, and the people in their circles. I really liked that the Brazilian setting and that the Lebanese angle, however I did not connect to the story in any way. I did not love the sketchy black and white art, and the s
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Adapted from Brazilian writer Milton Haltom’s book The Brothers it is the story of radically different twin brothers set against each other since childhood. Significant in that Ba and Moon are also twins. I found the artwork and story compelling but difficult to resolve as the narrator moves back and forth through time and across generations. It touches on larger themes and hints at varied motivations but is confined by the medium. I suspect the original book might answer some of the questions I ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I don't think it'll resonate with me quite as long as Daytripper did, it's still a very beautiful and good read. A good comic that isn't capes and tights, but about two twin brothers and a family. ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
Two Brothers did not take me through as personal of a journey as Daytripper did, but it remains a powerful example of how creators can truly engage the reader and push comics well beyond the panels on each page.

This is an adaptation of Milton Hatoum’s Dois irmãos, a project that, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá explained to me in an interview, was a difficult one, even though the black and white art and story seem simplistic. This is the story of Lebonese immigrants who settled in Brazil and stared t
Mallika Mahidhar
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The person who gifted me this book obviously thought that a book about twins by twins would be perfect for me, who has a twin.

And such a perfect book.

The art style in Two Brothers is completely different to that of day-tripper and that the same people could manage to draw such different styles is a sign of great talent itself.

The subject matter and the relationships between each family member as well as the narrator are so serious in nature sand yet so beautifully translated through wonderful
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First time seeing the brothers work in B&W. Much prefer them in color. Would've added another dimension to the tropical sort of magical realist setting the book was going for which I loved.
The narrative voice is what made me give 5 stars (4-4.5 actually). It's stong and makes you root for the narrator. Which must have come fromit being adapted from a novel.
Though I couldn't understand what was bothering the characters so much. I mean most of their conflicts were kinda petty. Maybe because the st
Jim Angstadt
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Two Brothers
Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá

This graphic novel is based on the work of Milton Hatoum. The authors, who are brothers and very talented artists, clearly did the graphics.

One quickly realizes that much of the plot centers on two twin brothers who are separated as children. Five years later, when reunited, one sees how the two have diverged.

To distinguish the two apart, the authors give one twin a head with all black hair; the other twin has a blaze of white at center front. I wish the rest of
Derek Royal
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my favorite titles of 2015. I'm a fan of Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon, Daytripper being one of my favorites. (Man, it's been a long time since I read that. It needs revisiting!), and I had high hopes for this one. I wasn't disappointed. I'm not familiar with the original novel from which this book is adapted, and I'm curious how "true" they are to Milton Hatoum's 2000 book, Dois Irmãos. This story has a "rough" ending, and by that I mean one that isn't neat or polished in any ...more
Charles Hatfield
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A ravishing comics version of a complex and troubling family saga. I love what this book shows me about its Brazilian cultural setting, and love its lush, fully realized world. It's an elliptical, sometimes confounding read, populated by many multidimensional characters and marked by some dizzying turns of plot. At times I couldn't quite distinguish some of the characters, or follow some of the unseen (off-panel) action; at times I longed to know more about the political history alluded to. Re-r ...more
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The setting is the port city of Manaus, in Brazil. We are introduced to twin brothers, Yaqub , “the good” and Omar, “the bad”. As boys, there is a violent exchange between the pair and Yaqub is sent to Lebanon, to live with relatives. He returns after five years and discovers, nothing changed. Tensions and animosities, are hotter than ever.
This stark, gothic tale, is about family, secrets, identity and loss. The illustrations are black and white, pairing well with the dark story. Another stunnin
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Epic family saga adaptation of a 2000 book by Milton Hatoum.

Pretty engrossing and sexy in places. It took me a bit to figure out who was narrating, which might be on purpose. I missed having color in the Moon/Ba illustrations. I honestly can't remember if it stays strictly in reality or flirts with magical realism at all.

Plays with themes of family subtext, assumptions, hidden and not-so-hidden resentments, and attachments.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: latin-america, 2016
Graphic novel about a split between twin bothers that is never reconciled. Explores many forms of loss. Fairly dark & depressing story.
On one hand this is quite good, very interesting and nearly impossible to put down. On the other though, it’s grammatical structure is just a narrator giving the reader a list of events that happened. Perhaps there’s something lost in the translation or lost in the adaptation. In either case, it makes the story enjoyable and entertaining, but also distancing.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Heartbreaking story, beautiful art.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I wanted distance from all these calculations, this ambitious progress. The future, this never-ending fallacy."

Awesome art. Pretty good story. Excellent depictions of Brazil. Definitely a nice addition to the graphic novel genre.
I haven't read Brazilian writer Milton Hatoum's original work Brothers. I hadn't even heard of it until I came across this book which I discovered after reading the amazing Daytrippers by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. However, I didn't know what to expect and I must say Two Brothers is a story of complex emotions. On one end we have Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, brothers who work together and I presume they get along fantastically well and this particular story is about brothers - twins who are consum ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a slow-moving story about three generations of a family growing up and growing old. There's plenty of conflict, especially between the twin brothers Omar and Yaqub. One brother is sent to Lebanon while the other stays, and the ramifications of that decision resound through the years., shaping the lives of all the family, mostly for the worse. The story is told from the perspective of an illegitimate son of one of the two brothers, and that mystery hangs over the family for much of the st ...more
Althea J.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This book was rather enjoyable, and had I not read Moon and Ba's other work, Daytripper the same day, I might have appreciated it more. It is a story of twin brothers whose paths in life diverge and who then come into conflict again and again under the weight of their family's favoritism and expectations.

The book is a retelling of someone else's story, rendered in black and white. Not a bad book at all, it just didn't have nearly as much emotional resonance for me as Daytripper did. It's like ap
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stylistic illustration and deep, resonating story. Classic.
Tom De
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
After daytripper, this was another essential graphic novel by Moon/Ba.
A non - brainer for the purchase.
A mindblowing book.
Jan Philipzig
Competently executed (if rather conventional) comic-book adaptation of Milton Hatoum's multi-generational Lebanese-Brazilian family saga. ...more
Marsha Altman
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fiction, art
This is a translation of an adaptation of a Brazilian novel about twin brothers who hate each other, and the family that surrounds them that is just as dysfunctional (the mother likes one son and not the other, the father never wanted children, one of the brothers had a son with the maid and that son isn't sure which brother is his biological father). It's a terrific story, but it might be losing something in the translation to graphic novel, in that it took place in the Arab immigrant community ...more
Nihal Vrana
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, I think that Moon and Ba themselves are better writers than Hatoum; but I can understand the appeal of this story to them(kind of a bizarro version of their relationship as twins) and I think that it is a unique opportunity to have a book about twins by twins. Visually it is excellent, not a masterpiece like Daytripping maybe but excellent. As for the story, at age 40, I have read enough of this " Family history over few generations in a place that you couldn't know so it is exotic for you ...more
Mohammad Al-Bahar
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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