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Thursday, September 4, 2008

What I’m Reading Now: Scott Pilgrim…Please Insert Coin(s)

This week has been pretty loaded with schoolwork and recovering from the massive week of comics I had previous, but a book I was able to sit down and catch up on was a little book called Scott Pilgrim. Written and drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Lost at Sea), Scott Pilgrim is a six-volume series that follows the life of Scott W. Pilgrim. Pilgrim is a 23 year-old bass player in a band named Sex Bob-omb (yes, as in the Mario Bros. character) and falls in love with a girl named Ramona Victoria Flowers, the ultimate girl-next-door. But unlike most people, Scott has to battle “The League of the Seven Evil Exes” until he can date her. A lot of work I know. But this provides for a great story in which Scott battles her boyfriends (or girlfriends...) who often turn into coins or even extra lives when they are defeated. Weird I know. Frequently, O’Malley weaves fantasy and reality, which provides an interesting context for the story. And the series is filled with hilarious moments and you will often find yourself laughing out loud (LOL – ing if you will). The text boxes that O’Malley places throughout the series further describe situations (such as the exact cost of a character’s outfit equaling 50 million dollars) and also add to the experience and make you piss your pants further… in hilarity of course. In each book, Scott encounters one or two of Ramona’s evil exes and furthers his journey of one day being Ramona’s boyfriend. As you know, the two main characters are Scott and Ramona but the book also has an excellent supporting cast from vegans with superpowers to crazy ex-girlfriends. But all kidding aside, this is a fun book, which at its core speaks about a man struggling to date a girl he likes. Scott Pilgrim is unlike any comic out there to date. Its intelligent and fast-paced dialogue has a lot to offer and Bryan Lee O’Malley is one of the most talented writers in the industry. The series began in 2004 with Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life the first of six in the series. The fourth book of this series hit the shelves in November of 2007 and the next book, Scott Pilgrim v. The Universe, premieres in February of 2009. Universal Pictures has also bought the rights to do a Scott Pilgrim film. Edgar Wright will direct the film and Michael Cera (arrested development, Superbad) will fill the shoes of Scott Pilgrim and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Sky High, Live Free of Die Hard) will play the role of Ramona Flowers. I have just finished the third book and cannot wait to see what happens in the fourth. If you like video games, music, romance, action, adventure, comedy, suspense, horror, vegans, superpowers, awesome fight scenes, jealous girlfriends, drama, mystery, science fiction, sushi, cat-fights, over-sized hammers, anime, or feel any human emotion there should be no reason why you wouldn’t like this book. I give it five dorks out of five for both art and story. To quote a wise man, “it is a great-great-great read.” We got two more books in the series to go and there is close to 200 pages of comic for a low low price of $11.95. Scott Pilgrim is a great comic and I look forward to the future of this creator. Game Over.

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