Sunday, June 21, 2009

Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Scott Pilgrim Volumes 1-5 by Bryan Lee O'Malley 2004-2009 960 Pages (Cumulative) 5/5


So I discovered this amazing thing during my forced internet break called Scott Pilgrim. It's a graphic novel series that is the brainchild of Bryan Lee O'Malley. My journey with Scott Pilgrim started with just the first book, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life. But I realized as soon as I finished this first book that I had to go out and buy the rest of them IMMEDIATELY! Luckily, they seem to be getting popular again beause they were once hard to find anywhere in the US and now you can find them on Amazon or if you're lucky like me, at your local Borders. Scott Pilgrim is a 24 year old Canadian guy who lives (and shares the same bed) with his gay roomate, Wallace. He's dating a 17 year-old high school girl named Knives, and she's a cool Asian chick. But Scott soon stumbles upon Ramona Flowers, this uber cool rocker chick who delivers for She has cool hair, listens to cool music, she's mysterious, and wears roller blades all the time. Scott becomes infatuated with her and realizes he has to drop Knives so that he can go after this girl that's way out of his league. Funnily enough, Ramona takes him up on his offer of a date even though at this point, Scott seems a little crazy. Scott is soon to find out though that in order to date Ramona, he must defeat her seven evil exes. This series literally couldn't be any more perfect. Scott is known as one of the best fighters around, but that's mostly due to his huge video game addiction. So he sees life as a video game most of the time, including the fights with the seven exes. There are little things (like references to Final Fantasy and extra life heads) that O'Malley puts into the series that are just perfect. Scott also plays in a punk band with his friends Stephen Stills and Kim and has a mad obsession with the Smashing Pumpkins. There are quite a few scenes throughout the series where Scott is sporting a shirt with a Smashing Pumpkins logo on it, or his Zero shirt. To top it all off, you can tell that O'Malley is a huge Pumpkins fan due to the fact that the third novel in the series is entitled Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness. The series is incredibly smart, witty, charming, cute, and it's actually quite deep during certain parts. Scott is at that stage in life where you start to realize that you're not a teenager anymore, but you're not quite ready to be an adult. When we meet him, he has no job and as I said earlier, shares his bed with a gay man. He has no game. As the series progresses, the series starts to tackle more adult issues while still maintaining it's fun, lighthearted feel. All I can say about this series is *gush gush gush*. Go find it! It's so freaking good. I can't wait for volume 6 to come out! Sadly, I think it will be the last book in this series. He does have another novel out though called Lost at Sea that Nymeth reviewed awhile ago and I've been dying to read it ever since!

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