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.
Scott Pilgrim is such a fun graphic novel! Besides the fact that it takes place in Canada (yay!), the humour in the writing was the main feature that I enjoyed. At it’s base, Scott Pilgrim is the story of a 23 year-old Torontonian dating a high schooler. But he then falls for the new girl in town, Romona, and learns he must defeat her seven evil exs if he wants to keep dating her.
The story is hilarious in a witty, sarcastic kind of way. The fights resemble video games, with mystical powers and the enemy turning into coins when defeated. There’s garage-band rock music, sub-space highways and geekyness of the best kind. I’m not really qualified to judge art, but the panels are clean, easy to follow and very fun. Definitely a strong first volume and I’m very happy the others are already released – no waiting!