Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review: Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim, #1
Hardcover, Color Edition, 192 pages

Published August 8th 2012 by Oni Press

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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, unless 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. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.
My Review:

Well this is the first manga based book that I have ever read so I wasn’t sure what to expect or if I would even like it. I just saw an influx of people talking about it on YouTube and thought I would check it out. (No I haven’t seen the movie).

I rented this from the library and I was lucky enough for them the carry the full color edition. I can definitely see how this would be so much better in color. I can’t even imagine reading any of the other ones not in color now. I have also already borrowed the second book and I am so ready to read it.

If you don’t already know about this book, it follows around Scott Pilgrim. Scott is a pretty average looking immature boy from Canada. Scott apparently had a pretty rough break up from his last girlfriend so he hasn’t dated anyone in a year. The first thing we find out when you start reading it that he is dating a girl from a catholic high school, school uniform and all. The girls name is Knives and she is 17 years old. Scott is 23 so this is obviously a little weird to his friends.

The problem with Scott being so immature is that as soon as sees another girl and starts to become literally obsessed with her, he is pretty much an ass to Knives. His friends keep telling him he needs to dump her but at the last minute Knives throws a wrench into the plan. So Scott pretty much sneaks around behind her back.

As for the new girl he becomes obsessed with, she is an American girl named Ramona Flowers. She is much closer to Scott’s age but because of this she is carrying a little bit of baggage, a string of evil ex-boyfriends to be exact.

This book was actually pretty normal up until the very end. I wasn’t expecting them to break out into full on mystic powers fighting. That was the part I was worried I wouldn’t like but I actually ended up liking it quite a bit! There was a part on the very last page that was a little weird and I’m hoping the next book clears up a bit.

As a bonus at the end of the book for the color edition, there are sketches and explanations for the characters and other parts of the book. It shows how they evolved from their first drawings to the final one and it even includes the original pitch for the book.  I thought that part was pretty neat.

Do I Recommend this Book/Series?

Definitely! Even for someone like me who thinks they may not like this type of thing should check it out.

Will I Read the Next Book?


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