Category: Graphic Novels

Review: Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee O’Malley

 

SCOTT PILGRIM is dating a high schooler, but when Ramona Flowers starts skating through his brain, everything changes. While Scott pursues Ramona, someone else pursues Scott: HER SEVEN EVIL EX-BOYFRIENDS. If he wants this relationship to work, he’s going to have to defeat them all — but even that herculean task might not be enough!  

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Scott Pilgrim was one of the first comic book (“graphic novel”) series I wanted to take on. It’s been at the top of my list of “things I really want to read if I get the time”, so I took the time and it was every bit as epic as I imagined.

I’m sure by now many of you have seen the movie adaptation that came out two years ago, Scott Pilgrim vs The World. If not, I highly recommend it seeing as it is fantastic. But that’s beside the point. Since I saw the film first, I wasn’t sure how my perception of the comics would be going in. I didn’t necessarily want to see Michael Cera as Scott or whatever. I thought he was excellent in the film though. I just wanted this to be a separate experience. And for the most part it was. so this is a review of the series, not the movie.

There are six volumes in all. Throughout which, Scott Pilgrim has to fight off seven evil exes to be able to date this girl Ramona. So basically one ex per issue. It seems like a simple enough concept, but with the action also comes great writing and a cast of hilarious characters. I found myself constantly acknowledging to myself that I was, in fact, Scott Pilgrim. His mannerisms and actions were all me. I kept thinking about how similar to my life this story was.
Well, not exactly the whole fighting people thing, but that’s not really the story when you get down to the heart of it. It’s about people and relationships. Whether it’s friendships or something closer. How we interact with people every day. While the fighting bits were cool and all, I really enjoyed the background story even more. We learn a lot about each character throughout the six volumes.

I loved the look of the panels as well. It was all monochromatic with some exaggerated shadowing and silhouetting. It was obviously inspired by Japanese manga, but unique still. I heard they’ll be re-releasing the series in full color starting this fall, so you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be re-reading them then.

The whole series was really funny and the dialogue was so well put-together. It even had an unconventional side mixed into the dialogue. Some of the characters would refer to the volume itself saying things like “You’ll hear more about that in volume 5.” or “We’re already a quarter of the way through this volume and you’re not dead yet?” I’m paraphrasing since I didn’t memorize it word for word, but I found those moments to be really funny and made reading it a bit more enjoyable.

There’s a lot of story the movie left out since they had to keep the plot moving and on point with the whole “defeating the seven evil exes” thing, so reading this series will give you a better grasp of the story and what Scott had to go through to keep Ramona. It’s such an epic romance.

As a book series, this is one of my favorites and as a comic book series, it takes the gold medal. Scott Pilgrim is fun, entertaining, and hilarious. If you need a laugh, pick these up. they’re quick reads and well worth the time spent.

Comic Book Madness

One thing I’ve gotten really into lately is comics. No, not like Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes, though those are both timeless classics that I love, but more along the lines of “graphic novels” and comic books. For the last few weeks, I’ve pretty much been reading exclusively that, well, and a few non-fiction science books, but those hold no relevance here.

While I’ve always been a fan from afar of comic books for a while, not until recently have I made an effort to seek out good books and read them. What I found over the last few weeks is a new medium of captivating storytelling — and I obviously mean new to me. This visual form of storytelling has been around for decades.– I just never took the chance to stop and give it my attention. When I finally did, I became obsessed.

Luckily for me, we have a local comic book store where I live, so I can stay up-to-date on the latest releases and find some great new series to read. With less than a month of comic book knowledge under my belt, I am starting to feel a part of that community now. It’s nice.

Comic books have become my own little Prozac. Whenever I’m feeling depressed or just have had a not so good day, I get lost in a comic. It’s a quick pick-me-up. That’s one thing I never expected when I first started actually reading them, but it’s soothing. Also, there are terrible cliffhangers each issue that will keep you coming back for more.

Basically I said all that just to intro this: Next week on the blog, I’ll be adding comic books to the list of “things we review”. I’ll start posting reviews of all the latest comics I’ve read and one’s I think you’ll be interested in. Possibly even do a weekly feature of the latest issues I’m looking forward to most. A while back, we said that we wanted to start reviewing comic books on here, but as of yet we haven’t. Well, that’s going to change.

As a new fan and a now heavy reader of comics, I will be sharing all my favorites with you and hopefully if you’re not a current comic book reader you will be soon. This is just me sharing what I like with you. I hope it’s something you’ll find entertaining.

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