Item description for Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley...
Overview Scott Pilgrim's fantastic life takes an unforseen turn when rollerblading delivery girl Ramano Flowers makes her appearance.
Publishers Description 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 18, 2004
Publisher Oni Press
ISBN 1932664084 ISBN13 9781932664089
Reviews - What do customers think about Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life?
And now for something completely different. Sep 1, 2008
It's hard to write a review for something like Scott Pilgrim so I'll be brief.
Were you born around 1979-1987? Do you like old school video games and punk rock? If so then this book is for you.
The basic plot of the book follows Scott Pilgrim, a 20 something Canadian slacker, as he attempts to woo Ramona Flowers by defeating her seven evil exes. What follows is a mangaesque pop culture extravaganza. It's also hilariously addictive. It's refreshing to see something so unique out there on the market. Sit back. Read this book. Let the sheer awesomeness of Scott Pilgrim take over. It's new. It's different. It's fantastic. The characters are great. The humor is priceless. The black and white art is a perfect fit. If you're feeling brave, jump into the world of Scott Pilgrim. It's good times.
Fantastic art and disappointing writing Jul 15, 2008
I have found that most of the reviews of this book thus far have been the product of either stuttering enthusiasm or unwarranted spite, an unpleasant situation owing to the fact that Scott Pilgrim is a polarizing book, a book that caters to a very specific type of person.
I am not, as it turns out, that type of person.
But, I'm not the sort of person who likes to waste time gushing mindless praise or spewing mindless vitriol either--LET'S GET EVENHANDED!
For those of you sitting on the fence about whether to read this: I was a fence-sitter too. There were aspects of this book that attracted me: the dynamic, manga-inflected art, the melding of the whimsical with the mundane, the goofy humor. But there were things I'd heard about and noticed from the previews that I found equally off-putting, namely the plethora of references to videogames and indie-rock culture.
Now, I have NO problem with either videogames or indie-rock, both things I've grown up with and enjoyed. What I DO have a problem with is this 21st century habit of fetishizing our influences and making compulsive name-drops, this way we've confused Being Cool with Mentioning Things That Are Cool. This isn't to say I'm 100% against this sort of thing, but there's a specific time and place to use it in storytelling, and there is such a thing as overkill. Like words, references are good when you're using them to say something, and bad when you're using them to show off.
This reference-heavy mentality informs Scott Pilgrim to a hefty degree, and I feel it does so against creator/artist/writer Brian O'Malley's better artistic instincts. The visual nuance (as has been stated elsewhere, his facial expressions are superb; he gets an incredible degree of emotional mileage out of very simple shapes) found in the book seemed to indicate to me somebody far cleverer than his writing and characterizations let on.
I'll state this forthrightly: the characters in this book are weak, the protagonist glaringly so. I understand that it's the first in a six-book series and so there's further character development to be had, but if a reader such as myself can't find the characters compelling enough by the end of the first book, then we aren't going to keep reading. The hero comes off as an unlikeable, emotionally immature doofus, which would be fine if he was given positive traits as well, but he isn't. Most of the other characters, with the exception of Wallace Wells, Scott's gay roommate and Knives Chau, Scott's 17-year-old "girlfriend," seem to be little more than hip-looking extras, and that extends even to the girl Scott pines after and who is the catalyst for basically the entire plot (Scott must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends, etc).
A lot of people have written that they were hooked by the slice-of-life tone of most of this book and then taken aback by the incredibly silly ending, but I felt just the opposite--the book works best at its silliest and most cartoony, lampooning the conventions of manga and videogames (a justified use of referencing, for once). There's a very good punch-line at the end of the "boss fight." It was the only thing in the book that made me laugh out loud, and it felt more real and more genuine to me than all the drama that had unfolded beforehand.
Rocks out as only canadians can... Jun 27, 2008
Scott Pilgrim might just very well be one of the funniest and most enjoyable things I've read in the last five years. The pacing is swift, the dialogue is witty, the plot simultaneously familiar and mundane and also completely outlandish and awesome. The closest thing I've seen in comics to Veronica Mars (and that's not saying one is better than the other), and I think a reviewers quote of VM also sums up Scott Pilgrim nicely: it "explores the fears and anxieties of near adulthood without belittling them." If you haven't already purchased this book, do it.
A Talented Creator Betrays his Abilities May 30, 2008
Bryan Lee O'Malley is a talented comic maker, and the first half of Scott Pilgrim is an excellent book, but by the end it is a hollow joyless exercise in hipster nostalgia.
The story begins as a surrealist romance between our slacker protagonist Scott Pilgrim and subconscious traveling delivery girl Ramona. This is a charming tale well told and just goofy and surrealistic enough to properly convey the craziness of love at that age. Unfortunately as time passes it becomes clear that Mr. O'Malley becomes less interested in telling a good romance story and more interested in aping nostolgia for a cheap laugh.
By the end the characters all become 1 dimensional, and the interpersonal conflicts are replaced by feats of strength. It is a sad sign that the end of the first book climaxes with a literal boss battle where the "power of teamwork" (not to be confused with actual team work) is used to win the battle. This would be a whimsical diversion if it was not (in later books) taken so seriously.
This book series actually has grinding and sub-bosses, it sells out its own story to become a retelling of old video game cliches. As such it becomes about as exciting as it is watching a stranger play an old video game, Amusing for a few minutes, then endlessly tedious...
Over rated Feb 20, 2008
I'm a big fan of comics, particularly indie/underground comics, and after hearing so many rave reviews about Scott Pilgrim, I finally picked up vol. 1. Perhaps my expectations were high, but I was sorely disappointed. While the art is unique, refreshing, and captivating, the sudden genre-jumping from a slice-of-life comic taking place in the modern-day (though cartoonish) real world to a martial arts anime kids' show/video game comic was just too jarring for me. A lot of plot developments happened very suddenly, made no sense, and then were immediately swept aside, meant to be accepted at once by the reader, with no satisfactory explanation whatsoever. And on top of it all, I find the main character thoroughly unlikeable and unrelatable. While I appreciate the revolutionary technique of combining seemingly unrelated genres and the vast potential of comics as an art form, this one was just too much for me to swallow, and I can say I'm really confused as to why this comic has such a huge fan following.