Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Lifeby Bryan Lee O'Malley Published 18 Aug 2004
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Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rockband, 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
"Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life" Reviews
Divertida y extrañamente graciosa. Una perfecta novela gráfica con personajes bien definidos que sabe darle su debida importancia a cada uno de los mismos.
Debo aceptar que me mostraba un tanto escéptico sobre leer ahora, o seguir posponiendo la historia, pero me alegro de haberla escudriñado al fin. No me arrepiento para nada.
Espero que los siguientes tomos me mantengan así de entretenido.
I saw the movie adaptation a couple of years ago and, ever since then, I've wanted to start the graphic novels. I'm so happy that I finally did, because this definitely didn't disappoint! I liked it even more than the movie because the art is used in such a clever way, so different than any other graphic novel I've read before (I've only read Maus and Fun Home, but those were for school.) The humor was great as well and I already ordered the next volume so I can read it soon!
I debated what to rate this graphic novel. On the one hand, the characters are thoroughly unlikable. Scott Pilgrim is a vapid, useless lump of a man who is dating a high schooler because that's the level of his maturity/emotional intelligence. Ramona Flowers is standoffish and rude because it makes her look "cool". The only redeeming character was Wallace, the gay roommate. On the other hand, once introductions got over, during the last scene of the book (the concert and Scott's fight with the first evil ex-boyfriend) I really started to like this quirky, little story. The art is definitely not a factor -- the drawings are little more than scribbles on the page and I daresay I could probably do just as well. I will probably continue reading to find out what happens. And when the movie comes out, I'll probably see it... I now believe that Michael Cera was brilliant casting for Scott Pilgrim's character, because I hate Michael Cera with a passion, too. Perhaps one of Ramona's evil ex boyfriends will triumph? One can only hope.
Edited to add: Three years later, I decided to revisit this review, as it has occasionally garnered some comments from people annoyed at my audacity to hold an opinion. I'm not going to change my rating because my opinion stands firm. I really *didn't* care greatly for the first volume of Scott Pilgrim. But I also went on to read all the subsequent volumes...and fell in love with the series, the characters (maybe not Scott... I still kind of dislike him...), and yes, even the artwork. I even enjoyed the movie (except for Michael Cera... I still hate him, too). So anyone thinking about starting this series? DO... and keep going, even if the first one doesn't dazzle you like it didn't dazzle me.
“Scott Pilgrim is dating a high schooler!” - so begins one of the finest comics sagas of all time.
I’ve read Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim before, seen the (extremely faithful) Edgar Wright movie adaptation, and have just re-read it (this time in colour), and the comic still blows me away with its quality. Reading the same story the third time around and it’s not boring in the least. It even somehow feels fresh despite having been published in 2004!
On paper the story seems like no great shakes: 23 year old Scott is dating 17 year old Knives Chau, the aforementioned high schooler, (nothing funny, just holding hands), and then he meets Ramona Flowers, his literal dream girl whom he falls hard for. Just one catch: he’s gotta fight her 7 evil exes. And of course break up with poor unsuspecting Knives!
It’s comedy romance mixed in with a Shonen Jump-style fight manga but the comic transcends the sum of its parts. O’Malley’s dialogue perfectly captures how young people in their late teens/early twenties talk albeit making them all very entertaining conversationalists. I’m sure it helped that he was in his early twenties when he wrote/drew this, but even then there’s a skill here with the writing and art that belies his (then) age.
There’s very witty and warm-hearted humour that utilises the visual comics format well too - adding captions in a scene to emphasise how poor Scott is when in his and Wallace’s flat. The script is funny and fun and real and fantastical all at the same time - brilliant! Their names don’t bother me, nor the fact that the characters are all hipsters, that’s how good this comic is!
It’s hard to describe how little seems to happen and yet it feels like so much is happening. The opening sequence is: 1) Scott and his friends in the kitchen talking, 2) Scott and Knives’ (intentionally) mundane meet-cute, 3) Wallace Wells (Scott’s gay flatmate) is introduced, 4) Scott introduces Knives to his band Sex Bob-Omb and they play a song. That’s it. Hardly anything really and YET - there’s so much energy, vibrancy, and urgency in these pages that’s indicative of the rest of the book (and series). It crackles with originality.
O’Malley creates great characters and a helluva good story - Scott proving his love for Ramona in a way suited to his character and exciting to read too - but more than that, he captures the experience of being young and in love. That’s special. That’s something I’ve yet to come across in any other comic and that’s how you know you’re in the presence of a truly unique and obscenely talented voice.
There’s not a single thing I could say I dislike about this book. Every scene brings it - not an ounce of fat is there to be found here! There are so many great moments, from Scott stalking Ramona at the party, to their first kiss, the battle of the bands against Crash and the Boys, the first evil ex, Matthew Patel, and their epic, synchronised fight. Ramona talking about using a shortcut through Scott’s mind to explain why he’s been dreaming about her is utterly bizarre but also fit perfectly into the tone of the book.
O’Malley tosses in an occasional pop culture reference but it never overwhelms the story (Ernest Cline, take note!). Nathan Fairbairn’s colours are nice but the story was just as powerful in the original black and white so whichever version you read, the comic is still awesome.
There are other creators who excel in both roles of writer and artist and have created startlingly original works - Frank Miller’s Sin City, David Lapham’s Stray Bullets, Eric Powell’s The Goon, Jeff Smith’s Bone, Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, and Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar stories - and Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim easily joins these elite ranks.
Scott Pilgrim is about as flawless a comic as I can recommend to anyone. Whether you read comics or don’t, it’s absolutely worth reading. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life doesn’t age and wins over everyone who reads it - an instant classic and one of the best examples of the comics art form!
DNF at page 54.
(This was exactly what I was feeling while reading Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.)
I actually tried watching the movie a while back, but it made me really, really uncomfortable. And the same happened while reading the graphic novel.
I wanted to read it because I really liked Seconds, but I guess I somehow forgot that the movie was based off of a graphic novel. And I hadn’t made the connection between the two until I started reading and feeling really (and I mean really) uneasy.
I was uncomfortable with the fact that Scott Pilgrim, a 23 year old, was dating a high schooler. I just personally can’t stand by that (even if he is incredibly immature).
I mean, just looking at him waiting for Knives to finish her day at school made me want to throw up a little.
Never has a book made me this physically uncomfortable. Wow.
I was so close to giving up after this section and I kept thinking, "I don’t hate myself this much, I can put it down."
Maybe it’s a personal thing, but I just can’t get over how uncomfortable my reading experience was.
Example number 20 of Scott's immaturity:
Really, ‘no girls allowed’??? How old are you???
I was holding on for it to get better, but then stuff like this gets thrown in, and I’m just not about that life.
There wasn't even one likeable character. ONE.
I’m truly perplexed at how different Seconds is compared to this catastrophe. Even the humor is on extremely different levels. I just don't get how the same person wrote this.
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I FREAKING LOVED THIS.
The art was used SO cleverly which my graphic design mind loved and is probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.
I've seen the movie so I had a little more to go off of when reading this, but I was surprised to find I loved it maybe more than the movie?
It's so quirky and wonderful and just so much good stuff wrapped into one thing.