These Graphic Novels Need Video Game Adaptations


Seconds is the most recent graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley about a struggling restaurant owner that gains the ability to redo all of her mistakes by eating magic mushrooms. Katie, the main character, eventually abuses this power with results that change not just her life but the lives of everyone she has contact with.

Bryan Lee O'Malley is no stranger to video game adaptations of his graphic novels, with his hit series Scott Pilgrim being featured as a side-scrolling beat 'em up. O'Malley has an inherent understanding of what makes games a unique storytelling medium, with each of his works already possessing a certain playfulness to them.

What makes Seconds such a good potential video game is that the game can succeed regardless of scope or genre. The simplicity and humor particular to O'Malley's style ensures that his characters realistically can work anywhere, from mobile games to full scale console releases. However, Seconds would
work best in a way similar to the retro style of the Scott Pilgrim game. If Ubisoft were to work on an O'Malley title again, a Seconds video game would be a surefire hit. 

Published Jun. 27th 2017

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