Saturday, 9 July 2011

Lost at Sea by Brian Lee O'Malley

I just this minute finished reading Lost at Sea by Brian Lee O'Malley, and I'm not exactly sure how the book made me feel.

I in no way mean that as a criticism, more I find that really shows how different this book is to the vast majority of other comics or graphic novels there are around.

Usually when I finish reading a book I feel sense of satisfaction that I reached the end of the epic journey, or a sense of awe or shock at the big twist ending or any other number of feelings.
But they are all things that come along with stories that have action and huge amounts of humor and deep messages trying to tell us to save the world in some way or another.

Lost at Sea doesn't seem to have any of them, at least to me.
Lost at Sea isn't about action or adventure, and though it does have its odd bit of humor, it is most definitely about one thing and one thing only.

It is about a teenage girl on the verge of adulthood attempting to come to terms with, and make sense of her life.
I mainly picked up this book out of curiosity, wanting to see some of the work Brian Lee O'Malley did before he started on the hugely popular Scott Pilgrim series.
Though you can see some elements of Scott Pilgrim in this book, and you can definitely see the way the art and many over elements were obviously earlier versions of what he later continued to improve upon throughout that series, the book it's self is completely different in tone.

In fact upon finishing the book, it felt much more similar to finishing Fluffy by Simone Lia then finishing any of the Scott Pilgrim books.
That may seem strange to some people, but personally the feeling of the book gave off was almost identical despite the fact that fluffy is about a man who has a small rabbit for a child, and is much more of a comical book, and Lost at Sea is about a young girl on a road trip with people she barely knows.

I definitely think that a lot of people could enjoy this book, though maybe not necessarily everybody who has enjoyed Scott Pilgrim before.

If you enjoy mellow, thought provoking somewhat slice of life style comics, than this is definitely something you should consider picking up.
And if you are a fan of Scott Pilgrim, there is extra incentive in seeing the way Brian Lee O'Malley's work has been progressing throughout the years.