“Seconds” by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Ballantine Books, 336 pages, in stores)
A 29-year-old having a quarter-life crisis, magic mushrooms, erasing mistakes, otherworldly characters and beautiful illustrations fill the pages of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s new graphic novel, “Seconds.”
The novel tells the story of Katie, a girl who saved every penny she could to launch her dream restaurant. Of course, not everything stays perfect in Katie’s world, and her life starts to crumble. Just when she starts to get overwhelmed, she has an opportunity to revise one mistake. Without thinking it through, she jumps at the opportunity and is delighted with the results. But once Katie finds the secret to erasing her mistakes, one change isn’t enough. She starts to do crazy things and instead of living with regrets, she erases them. Unfortunately, the more she erases them the more her world changes and morphs into a life she doesn’t recognize.
“Seconds” explores the topic of being careful what you wish for with a touch of time travel that only O’Malley could pull off. While the novel does have some similarities to his most famous work, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” this one stands alone as a great body of work. You can relate to the struggles of Katie’s life and the desire of being able to fix everything. The novel isn’t completely dark; there are a lot of humorous situations that you can’t help but laugh at.
Overall “Seconds” is a wonderful story that has some amazing artwork. Whether or not you are a fan of Scott Pilgrim, I think you’ll find something relatable and enjoyable in this graphic novel.
Oh, and for all of the Scott Pilgrim fans, he may or may not make an appearance at the crowded restaurant.
— Deaven Coggins, Staff Writer