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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Pilgrim. Rating: Awesome!, 6 July 2005
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Mr. E. D. P. Marston "Eliot Marston" (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scott Pilgrim (Volume 2): Scott Pilgrim Versus The World: Scott Pilgrim Versus the World v. 2 (Paperback)
Ever pondered the deeper meaning of life, why we're here and what your place in the world is? Well now... you can keep on pondering. Everybody does. You'll get over it. But until then, one sure-fire way to take your mind off the existential malaise is to read Scott Pilgrim. Bryan Lee O'Malley's Toronto exists somewhere between Dragonball Z, the Mushroom Kingdom and Spaced, a wonderfully bizarre amalgam of real life, nostalgia and sheer lunacy. It's packed with references to pop culture, old and new, but its sheer energy and enthusiasm is so joyful and inclusive that it doesn't matter whether you get them all or not. I know I don't, but this is the kind of book that makes me want to go and seek them out enjoy the story all over again.
Volume 2 picks up pretty much straight after the genius "Precious Little Life", and while I'd recommend the first volume both purely on its own excellent merits and as part of the ongoing story, I'm not even sure you'd need to have read it to be swept up by this. Scott's obsessive high-schooler Knives Chau lives up to her name in a hilarious, art-vandalising face-off with Ramona Flowers, Scott faces the second of Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends - a sell-out actor who he keeps confusing with Luke Wilson - and his band get the opportunity to move into the big league. The mysteries from Volume 1 - what the hell keeps happening to Ramona's head?! - deepen, while new facets of Scott's life - particularly his own past relationships - are revealed.
The art is fantastic, every page intriguing, and the story is a runaway train of sheer inventiveness. However - and here it reminds me of another brilliant graphic novel series, Jeff Smith's 'Bone' - none of the wackiness or joyful lunacy ever obscures the heart this comic has, which beats on every page. This is a moving look at the pitfalls and springboards of any new courtship, the trials and worries everyone has to face, the rewards and the sorrow that relationships can entail. Bryan Lee O'Malley is a man who clearly wears his heart on the sleeve of the wackiest, coolest-looking shirt you ever saw.
In summary - buy this book. In fact, buy two copies - one to keep close, and one to share with all the people you care about. Oh, and maybe a third to keep in the kitchen, so you have its recipe for a delicious vegan shepherd's pie handy.
Fun fact: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is complete and utter genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars scott pilgrim volume two, 8 Dec 2009
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scott Pilgrim (Volume 2): Scott Pilgrim Versus The World: Scott Pilgrim Versus the World v. 2 (Paperback)
second in a series of five graphic novels chronicling the messed up life of scott pilgrim. a twenty three year old man in between jobs, living in a one room apartment, and torn between two girls. And to be the one he prefers he will have to do battle with all her ex boyfriends.

In addition to all the other more normal life and love complications he faces.

You may be able to get into this without having read volume one, but it's probably better to start there. That was drawn in an interesting semi manga art style with lots of clever little asides and notes and moment of fourh wall breaking. That was good. But this is great, as it somehow packs even more in than before. There are so many clever little details and some of them make you laugh out loud.

The story develops nicely as well, all the supporting cast managing to get more to do and a greater depth. Some of them do look a bit alike and I had trouble telling lisa from kim at points, but thats a minor complaint

There's still three volumes for me to read and a forthcoming movie version to see. I look forward to all of it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Pilgrim. Rating: Awesome!, 6 July 2005
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Mr. E. D. P. Marston "Eliot Marston" (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scott Pilgrim (Volume 2): Scott Pilgrim Versus The World: Scott Pilgrim Versus the World v. 2 (Paperback)
Ever pondered the deeper meaning of life, why we're here and what your place in the world is? Well now... you can keep on pondering. Everybody does. You'll get over it. But until then, one sure-fire way to take your mind off the existential malaise is to read Scott Pilgrim. Bryan Lee O'Malley's Toronto exists somewhere between Dragonball Z, the Mushroom Kingdom and Spaced, a wonderfully bizarre amalgam of real life, nostalgia and sheer lunacy. It's packed with references to pop culture, old and new, but its sheer energy and enthusiasm is so joyful and inclusive that it doesn't matter whether you get them all or not. I know I don't, but this is the kind of book that makes me want to go and seek them out enjoy the story all over again.
Volume 2 picks up pretty much straight after the genius "Precious Little Life", and while I'd recommend the first volume both purely on its own excellent merits and as part of the ongoing story, I'm not even sure you'd need to have read it to be swept up by this. Scott's obsessive high-schooler Knives Chau lives up to her name in a hilarious, art-vandalising face-off with Ramona Flowers, Scott faces the second of Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends - a sell-out actor who he keeps confusing with Luke Wilson - and his band get the opportunity to move into the big league. The mysteries from Volume 1 - what the hell keeps happening to Ramona's head?! - deepen, while new facets of Scott's life - particularly his own past relationships - are revealed.
The art is fantastic, every page intriguing, and the story is a runaway train of sheer inventiveness. However - and here it reminds me of another brilliant graphic novel series, Jeff Smith's 'Bone' - none of the wackiness or joyful lunacy ever obscures the heart this comic has, which beats on every page. This is a moving look at the pitfalls and springboards of any new courtship, the trials and worries everyone has to face, the rewards and the sorrow that relationships can entail. Bryan Lee O'Malley is a man who clearly wears his heart on the sleeve of the wackiest, coolest-looking shirt you ever saw.
In summary - buy this book. In fact, buy two copies - one to keep close, and one to share with all the people you care about. Oh, and maybe a third to keep in the kitchen, so you have its recipe for a delicious vegan shepherd's pie handy.
Fun fact: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is complete and utter genius.
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