Seconds #1

Seconds #1

Writer: Bryan Lee O'Malley Artist: Bryan Lee O'Malley Publisher: Ballantine Books Release Date: July 16, 2014 Cover Price: $25.00 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
9.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O'Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. Seconds is a complex and novelistic standalone story about a young restaurant owner named Katie who, after being visited by a magical apparition, is given a second chance at love and to undo her wrongs. Fans new and old will love Bryan's bold and quirky style infused with his subtle, playful humor.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jul 21, 2014

    It is a masterclass in craftsmanship that reveals both O'Malley's personal growth and that of his collaborators. More importantly, it is a story that feels and is deeply human. It reflects upon our relationships, jobs, hobbies, and how all of these individual components of life come together to create the place we call home. It acknowledges the mistakes and frustrations that come with living and provides a parable for transcending an obsession with things that went wrong in order to put forth the wonder of the home we create in the process. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Brendan McGuirk Jul 16, 2014

    Your life is what you made it. Accepting the architect is the best way to accept the architecture. Probably. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jul 18, 2014

    I cannot say enough good things about this book. I put it down and immediately wanted to read it again. At 325 pages it's a brick, but one that I devoured in a day. The single issues of your favorite superhero books are going to be on that rack next week, I assure you. Take whatever money you were going to spend and drop it on "Seconds" instead. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Jul 20, 2014

    Ive gushed in this review, yes. Seconds is nothing short of delightful. Its a beautiful, well-crafted fairytale set against the backdrop of contemporary Toronto that speaks to a stage of emotional-development most readers have (or will have), gone through. Bryan Lee OMalley absolutely knows what he doing and it would behoove you, regardless of your normal comic reading tastes, to spend some time with Katie and her escapades throughout Seconds. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 23, 2014

    Magical realism is a genre that Bryan Lee O'Malley could rightly plant his flag in after Scott Pilgrim and Seconds, for he has shown the world just how it should be done. Beautiful, emotional and at times deeply personal, it is difficult to walk away from this outstanding graphic novel and not want another helping. Easily one of the best graphic novels released this year, and possibly one of the most magical of the last decade. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jul 25, 2014

    The supporting cast and minor characters all benefit from the length of this story. Everyone is given a chance to be fleshed out and have their moment in the story, even the line cook. The thought and preparation O'Malley must have put into this story are evident, as things could easily become tangled and confusing with the nature of the plot device. The way the story builds upon itself as Katie finds herself simultaneously drawn towards her goal while being pulled from it is a testament to O'Malley's skill. This is a Book of the Year contender. The last long-form comic/graphic novel I felt this strongly about was 2003's Blankets from Craig Thompson. I strongly encourage you to pick up this book and spend some time with it. My first read-through was fairly hectic, as I dove head first into the world. I couldn't put it down. As I told fellow CTG writer F. D. White, this is a story that needs to marinate. This is a story that warrants discussion, which is wh Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 31, 2014

    It's even harder for anyone not to compare it to his previous work because it just seeps in. Very few creators can follow-up a success like that with something that's received as being good. Not just good, but received as good. There have been plenty of follow ups that people didn't appreciate at the time of the release because their own expectations sunk them. Don't let that happen here because you'll cheat yourself out of an incredible graphic novel. Whatever O'Malley works on next I hope he knows he's raised the bar for himself yet again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Aug 19, 2014

    Seconds is funny, touching, creepy, masterfully crafted and all wrapped up in a neat little hardcover"with a very interesting dust cover that doesn't quite cover the entire book which is a very interesting idea, who ever came up with that. I hate dust covers, but it totally works"that you can sit down and absolutely lose yourself in. If you like the movie, the comics, both, or if you simply just like well crafted books, you need look no further than Seconds. Pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Hope Swann Sep 26, 2014

    Seconds was a wonderful read, and I (selfishly) hope that we'll be getting more from O'Malley sooner in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Jul 17, 2014

    Fans of Bryan Lee O'Malley and readers look for exceptional comic books will want to ask for Seconds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 16, 2014

    Seconds is an oddly dichotomous story. It's a grounded, coming-of-age story about a woman's difficult transition into being an adult and letting go of her past. At the same time, it's a thoroughly surreal story, with magical mushrooms, house spirits, manipulation of reality and journeys to other words bringing a pervasive weirdness that's incredible but surprisingly alluring. While the plot is bizarre and grows even moreso the deeper one makes one's way into the book, ultimately, there's a rather simple (and somewhat predictable) message at its heart. Mistakes are as much a part of our successes as the good decisions we've made along the way, and tugging at those threads of regret will inevitably lead to unravelling the entirety of our lives. Read Full Review

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