Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Bryan Lee O’Malley is the brilliance behind Scott Pilgrim and I was beginning to lose hope that his pen may meet paper again. The final Scott Pilgrim book came out in 2010. 2010! The 2014 graphic novel Seconds was worth the wait. Like Scott Pilgrim, O’Malley takes a universal problem and adds his own twists. Scott wants the girl of his dreams, Katie wants to open her own restaurant but some bad decisions have prevented her from doing so. Then she discovers a method of changing the past, writing her mistakes in a notebook, eating the questionable mushrooms she found in her basement, and falling asleep.

This book made me very happy. The colours are pretty and the characters are witty. O’Malley can portray intricate and complex moment in a single frame, in a single carefully crafted expression. It has the same charm as the Scott Pilgrim novels; laugh out loud moments while our heroes refuse to see their part in their own down fall. Katie is turning 30 and despite her ambition, she’s not quite where she wants to be. A panic, I’m sure, many can identify with. O’Malley’s stories are almost like fables. The ability and the magic is within ourselves; but sometimes, we need smoke, mirrors and graphic novels to realise that.