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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

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Seconds
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345529375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345529374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I want to hack the website so I can give this six stars. I've always been a fan of Scott Pilgrim, but this, THIS, has a maturity to its imagery and storytelling I was not expecting whatsoever. Seconds blew me away. I couldn't stop reading it -- once the hooks were in, it just absorbed me into it. The brilliance of it, at least to me, is just how imperfect it is. I don't mean that on an execution level, no, that's perfect; I mean that on a narrative level. I haven't been affected by a graphic novel like this since Blankets -- and if that isn't high enough praise to get you to buy it, I don't have any idea what could.

The best graphic novel I've read in years.
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I loved almost everything about seconds except for a couple of cliches used to justify the ending which I didn't care for. The ending just felt kind of forced and unsatisfying, but I loved pretty much everything before it.
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.
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Seconds is a fantastic adventure with a great mythos and fascinating artwork. I had no idea what to expect when I was first reading it, and the first pages were a little jarring because of their difference from what I think of as "typical Bryan Lee O'Malley," but as soon as I got into the bulk of the story, I was able to just enjoy it.

In terms of story, the book is about Katie, who is an even blend of Scott and Raleigh, both fairly clueless and introspective. I really liked reading her story, and while I don't feel as close to any of the characters in Seconds compared to the characters in SP, that can be chalked up to SP being a series and Seconds is only a single book. As I came closer to the end, I almost wished it could have been a longer series so the characters could really thrive.

I read an interview with O'Malley where he was asked whether Seconds is more like Scott Pilgrim or more like Lost at Sea, and he didn't have a good answer, and I can see why. Sorry to be vague, but it is like both, but also like neither. The modern, video-gamey feel of SP is gone, but the characterizations are similar. The deep, introspective elements of LAS are gone, but not entirely, and characters do a lot of ruminating about past mistakes, which is a key theme of the book.

As far as looks, the art is fantastic. Bryan has come a long way and it is noticeable. The characters are beautiful, the lines are defined and the art is stylized in a way that fits the tone of the story perfectly. It was especially nice to have it in color, which I enjoyed. Maybe black and white is your thing, but I really enjoyed the vibrant splashes of colors.

Overall - I loved every minute of this book, and if you are a fan of either of O'Malley's earlier books, you will most likely love this, and even if you are not, there is enough here to convert you. Pick this book up!
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The simplest way to sum up this comic is that I didn't like the early parts very much but as the story got more and more bizarre I enjoyed it more, not for the weirdness but because Katie was then actually in a really distressing and sympathetic situation. I thought I saw a lot of people saying that oh she's this really relatable character [at the start] but I couldn't see it at all, she's 29, well-known as a chef (good at it even), wants to do something a little different by opening up her own place (understandable), and is both unsure of everything she does and cocky as hell at the same time. She's also semi-pining for a lost love which never works for me*, I understand that her isolation and not being involved in any romantic or platonic relationships at the start is supposed to be the biggest contrast to her success but it didn't really "work" for me, it didn't affect how I viewed the story at all. In fact, the first sympathetic thing she did was to take a mushroom and wish that she hadn't stopped to canoodle, mostly so one of the servers (Hazel) isn't injured by the resulting distraction, and there are a few other times she takes the mushrooms where I couldn't blame her. But then she veers back into hard to empathize when it becomes abundantly clear that these actions are hurting her more than helping, I was left wondering why she didn't eat a mushroom and simply wished that she hadn't had any of them in the first place by the middle of the book or so.

The side characters were more sympathetic for me by and large, Hazel is a sweet girl, I could easily see why Max (the ex) got fed up with Katie, and seeing how tired and put-upon Katie's boss seemed made perfect sense.
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