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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. 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. 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
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
About the Author
Bryan Lee O'Malley is one of the world's best-known graphic novelists. His multi-award-winning graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim was an international bestseller and was adapted into an acclaimed movie, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. He lives in Los Angeles.
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I thought it would be a bit damaged cos the price was pretty cheap but it was like it was new.
Katie is a chef whose life seems to be going great until one day turns everything bad. However she can make everything the way she wants it, revise her bad day, when a mysterious house spirit allows her a single mushroom. The rules are simple: 1) Write your mistake, 2) Ingest one mushroom, 3) Go to sleep, 4) Wake anew.
However, greedy to make things absolutely perfect, Katie starts breaking the rules and she falls into a mess of strange alternate worlds where a dark shadow stalks her dreams.
Returning after too long O'Malley brings together all the things that made Scott Pilgrim so ingenious and adds more to create a new story well worth reading.
The art is adorable, the characters are a hilarious delight, the story is haunting, and the mix of fantsasy and reality creates a world you can't help but get pulled into.
If you enjoyed Scott Pilgrim you should definitely pick up Seconds. If you haven't read Scott Pilgrim then Seconds is still most certainly worth your time (and when you've finished it aslo go read Scott Pilgrim). Bryan Lee O'Malley back at his best, this graphic novel is most definitely desrving of the rating I'm giving it. Five stars, buy it now!
His first story since finishing the Pilgrim saga, Seconds follows a woman named Katie who is on the cusp of turning 30. A successful restaurant owner who desires more out of her already good life who is given the chance to do so by being able to change one event in her life when she eats a special mushroom.
However as Katie manages to posses more mushrooms she begins to abuse this power in pursuit of the perfect life.
Whereas Scott Pilgrim was a coming of age story, Seconds is more of a midlife crisis story and therefore would most likely go down with a slightly more mature audience better than the Pilgrim books and Lost at Sea.
Filled with life lessons, humour and just a little bit of sex, Seconds is a great new graphic novel from one of the industry's best.
Katie dreams about a strange girl crouching atop her cabinet and, after a disastrous night in the kitchen, she looks inside to find a notebook and a mushroom. If she writes down a wish in the notebook, eats the mushroom, and goes to sleep, when she awakens the wish will have come true. So begins a brilliant “be careful what you wish for” type story.
It’s been four years since the final Scott Pilgrim, though Seconds is more of a sequel to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s first book, Lost At Sea. Both feature protagonists searching for something they had all along. It’s also less fantastical than Scott Pilgrim, though, from the setup alone, you can tell O’Malley hasn’t left magical realism behind.
While Katie is written as this master chef, O’Malley doesn’t dwell on that aspect too long and so the food element to the character doesn’t seem convincing. But what O’Malley does know is relationships and the heart of the book is Katie’s attempts to get her ex-boyfriend, Max, back. The snappy, smart ‘n’ sassy dialogue is one of O’Malley’s strengths and everyone here (all under 30 of course) sounds very real. Katie also interacts with the omniscient narrator which is an ingenious touch from the author and something I’ve never seen before in a comic.
This is also O’Malley’s first book that’s been published in full colour (though the Scott Pilgrim books have been recently re-released in full colour hardbacks) and, if you’re unfamiliar with his style, the art is strongly anime-influenced. In fact, a lot of the art is done in the chibi-style. And though that might make the art seem overly cutesy and cartoony, you’ll be blown away with how affecting O’Malley can make his characters appear, especially as chibis!
Seconds is a slightly more mature book than O’Malley’s previous publications, though it’s full of the author’s usual wit and humour. The kind of story it is, and its message of trying to fix things in the present to make things better in the future, rather than wishing to change the past, isn’t original; but O’Malley’s treatment of them in Seconds is. His writing and art is top notch throughout and Seconds is an absolute joy to read. I loved Seconds and recommend it to anyone who enjoys quality, fun comics!
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