Scott Pilgrim’s Awesome Life

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s “between jobs,” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes.

I first heard about Scott Pilgrim from a couple of friends who kept raving about the books from 2 years ago. Now when I recently saw the trailers, it got me interested and wanted to read the books first before being able to watch the recently released movie1.

We were lucky enough to get the first volume from a bookstore, despite the sudden growing the demand. Most specialty stores we’ve gone to were out of stock already!

It is a graphic novel of 6 volumes, which recently concluded with the release of the last volume the same week as this year’s SDCC2.

It’s not immediately obvious, but reading the story shows the anime influence— the panels, the character expressions, the effects; a number of characters are even stated as having watched anime or read manga.

Story is fine and playful. Characterizations has also been done well. O’Malley has introduced a lot of characters (and I mean A LOT), but you don’t get confused on who is who.

I don’t want to anything that may give away important plot points, but I really love the “dark space inbetween”, the “transitional space” you can enter via a door. It is also amusing that it is just an everyday occurence (or more appropriately, normal) for any of them to obviously level up and actually earn coins or items. I also like that despite some difficulties, friendship wins, and love— cliche as it is,— “seemingly” prevails.

Collectively, I give this series a rating a 4 out of 5 stars. It’s not perfect, but it is definitely an awesome and fun read. 🙂

The Books

  1. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life
  2. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  3. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness
  4. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs the Universe
  6. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Rating: 4 of 5 stars [?]

  1. which is yet to be shown locally, to our dismay []
  2. Which was 21 to 24 of July []

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