(Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley) + (Year: 2005) + (Goodreads)
I love these books. It has taken a really long time to return to the next volume of Scott Pilgrim’s adventures, but it has totally been worth it.
There is one thing I adore about the entire story: it is insane.
And they do not care. Weird things keep happening in this otherwise normal world, sometimes there are superpowers, sometimes it looks like a computer game, sometimes completely insane stuff happen and nobody bats an eyelash.
I absolutely love this atmosphere of “You can do whatever you want”. Because that is literally how O’Malley operates. He takes the events wherever he wants them and nothing is too out there, while at the same time the weirdness is contained and not offensive. There are other series that I like that use the method of making you shocked by just using disgusting stuff to throw you off, but in Scott Pilgrim, the kooky stuff are still mostly innocent. While this is still not a children’s books… But in Bulgaria people assume comic books are for kids so that’s where I found this series and I think that will result in some very disturbed children.
I read the first volume in black and white and it was pretty fun reading this one in color. Definitely an interesting experience, though I did have this feeling like the book was not much different without the colors, like everything was so neatly described that I did not need actual colors.
I was looking forward to seeing the second evil ex, because he was played by my favourite Chris Evans, so that was fun, yet not as good as I expected, because the trade-mark eyebrows from the movie were not nearly as interesting in the book. They did have a similar shape, but later on I noticed other characters get the same thing in some situations.
I have a serious problem with Scott himself. He is sooo bad, the is lazy, not exactly intelligent, does not possess many qualities or talents to begin with and is kind of dull. And yet, I find the story interesting, which means that there are so many factors adding to him not being overwhelmingly annoying.
Therefore, awesome read! I recommend the entire series!