Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Scott Pilgrim: Volume One - Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Graphic Novel Review

Written By Bryan Lee O'Malley
Art By Bryan Lee O'Malley
Cover By Bryan Lee O'Malley

Action, Romance, Comedy


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.


Bryan Lee O'Malley has created a six volume series marking the life of a 23 year old slacker by the name of Scott Pilgrim.

Well, that's not very interesting I hear you say.

You'd be wrong.

Scott Pilgrim is in a band, between jobs and dating a high school girl. When an incredibly beautiful girl by the name of Ramona Flowers starts appearing in his dreams that's when things start to get really interesting.

However, finding and falling in love with Ramona isn't going to be all wine and roses or champagne and dinner. Oh no, there is the matter of the seven evil ex-boyfriends to deal with and all have special powers.

O'Malley has created here such down to Earth and believable characters that even though these fantastical things are happening to them, it all seems completely believable. Some of the characters really come across as people that you would speak to in the street or even people that you may no.

The humor here ranges from slapstick right up to quiet sarcasm and yet it doesn't come across as disjointed. Somehow the different types of humor work and both off each other really well.

In midst of it all, there's a romantic heart beating at the middle of it and you can't help but root for the couple to get together and I honestly think that is the mark of a very good writer.

The artwork, also by O'Malley, is absolutely spot done. Drawn in black and white, the whole illustrations and art of the story really has a stark beauty to it all and really enhances the already good story.

As Scott Pilgrim himself would say, this volume is 'totally sweet' and I highly recommend this to anyone.

Story 4/5
Art 4/5
Overall 8/10

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