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Seconds: A Graphic Novel Hardcover – July 15, 2014
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“The cartoonist, best known for the Scott Pilgrim series, delivers one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had all year with this magical graphic novel. I dare you to not read it all in one sitting.”—Whitney Matheson, USA Today
“Seconds arrives with high expectations, and it meets them all, delivering the style and humor of [Bryan Lee] O’Malley’s past works with greater emphasis on mood, detail, and complex character relationships.”—The A.V. Club
“Richly imagined and vibrantly drawn, Seconds is a funny, surprising, and enchanting read.”—Publishers Weekly
“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!”—Guillermo del Toro
“Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.”—Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics
About the Author
Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.
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As for the characters, I thought Katie was a cool protagonist but she's kind of a clone of Bryan Lee O'Malley's previous leads, Max was boring and forgettable(I never got why Katie loved him , aside from good looks), Andrew had the potential to be a better character but Bryan Lee O'Malley never capitalizes and seems to loose interest in him by the end, Lis is cool and charming without even trying, and Hazel is pretty cool- but the book isn't long enough to provide proper development for her(this is the case for most of the secondary characters).
In the end, after a four year wait I expected more from the story and characters, but... Seconds is still a charming and stylish little tale with awesome artwork that's totally worth purchasing( I just couldn't get with the ending). I hope Bryan's next graphic novel shakes up the formula we've come to expect from him though.
Seconds is about Katie, a twenty something girl who has found quick success with a restaurant she opened with her friends. She makes some mistakes and is in desperate need of a do-over, luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:
1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew
This book is delightful, unique and funny. If you have never read a graphic novel this is one to check out, the story is so good. A great read you can devour in a day - which you will because it is IMPOSSIBLE to put down.
One of my friends (Who is 17) commented, "I liked it, but I didn't like it as much as Scott Pilgrim, because it wasn't as funny."
I said, "Well...Have you read Lost at Sea? Because that REALLY wasn't meant to be funny."
Since then, I have described Seconds as in-between the seriousness of Lost at Sea, and the clever, funny writing O'Malley has in Scott Pilgrim.
There were just enough scenes where I laughed out loud all alone to make the comedy spot-on, and just enough super deep questions about life to make me have all the feels.
I think this story will also resonate more for anyone who is in their mid-20's to 30's. It's almost like each of the stories I just mentioned go over a period of ages in life- Lost at Sea is 17-19, Scott Pilgrim is 20-24, Seconds is 25-30. I think you can love the story at any age, but just like Catcher in the Rye meant more to me at 17 than it did at 24, I think Seconds will mean more to you if you're in the age range I just mentioned.
The best graphic novel I've read in years.
The ending also seems a very shoe-horned, quick, and unsatisfying. It's perhaps wrong to compare this to the author's other works, but the creator behind Scott Pilgrim so clearly had a strong understanding of what makes a piece of writing compelling, and that person would have made Seconds a much more interesting book.