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on 6 July 2005
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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on 19 May 2010
The first thing I'd like to point out is I did really like this book, which is why I gave it four stars. The dialogue is fantastic, the characters are great, and the style manages to do so much despite being quite simple. If you liked the first volume, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, you'll enjoy this.

The problem I have is that what really sticks in my head are the things I didn't like about the book, which I will admit are minor details and may not bother you at all. After reading the first book, I hoped that the next would devote more time to the Evil exes plot, but I still think this particular story still feels underdeveloped; the evil ex in this story just isn't present enough to have any detail to him, which is a real problem when all the other characters are so well written.

I suppose my issue here is that the story I expected to be the focus was not, and the focus was instead on the relationships between the characters. This isn't a bad thing when the dialogue is this good, but given that the evil exes story line is the one that I was most aware of, to find it fairly absent through the majority of the book was a little disappointing. I haven't read beyond this volume, so I can't say this is a constant in the Scott Pilgrim series, and the plot may be better developed in the next book.

I should say again that the book has great writing and illustration, it's just the story I thought would be the most important is not. I just wanted to say that so that you know what to expect. Otherwise, it's a great little comic.
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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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on 13 August 2012
Ah Scott Pilgrim, what a cute, funny, numinously readable little comic you are! Scott's new girlfriend Ramona Flowers has a string of Evil Ex-Boyfriends which Scott must battle if he is to have a relationship with her. Following his first battle in the first book, he has a second battle in the second book (I foresee a third boyfriend battle in book 3 and so on), and the battle plays out like superhero Manga fighters rather than hipster twentysomethings in Canada dossing about which is the rest of the book.

But even if it seems that the characters' pursuits are largely vacuous, and they are, it's still an incredibly fun book that makes you want to keep reading once you've started. Something about Scott Pilgrim's puppy-dog innocence and melodramatic behaviour toward tiny things like his sister knowing his girlfriend casually make him likeable and interesting. Even when he's sitting around playing video games, you don't mind that he does this rather than worry about getting a job to pay rent and whatnot - he's a free spirit but not in an insufferable way.

So yeah the Scott Pilgrim odyssey continues with an excellent second volume and I highly recommend the series thus far as shaping out to be great fun for those looking for a larger than life story drawn in an anime style with lots of humour and some cartoonish violence thrown in.
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on 23 May 2010
A funny, endearing and oddly moving tale whose only fault is the speed with which it is over.
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on 9 March 2012
Brilliant comic. don't really know how to describe it! if your thinking of buying this a gift, do it, they're guaranteed to love it. If you're buying this becasue you love the film, i recommend it, there's a lot missed out from the film in terms of detail from the books, very quirky and detailed, will be buying the 3rd!
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on 6 July 2005
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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on 4 December 2010
This second book was entirely as enjoyable as the first, with the same drawing and humour styles, with more background storyline and more attention away from Scott. Some of the time it was difficult to tell who was who, but it comes together in the end. Overall, it is a good read, although as with the first book it doesn't take long to go all the way through - you can easily go through it in one short sitting.
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on 2 December 2012
Very surprised by the books received, which are a Christmas present. They were good quality, well packed and delivered very quickly. I would recommend these graphic books from the Scot Pilgrim series to anyone who loves graphic story books and highly recommend Amazon for obtaining them at really great prices.
Regards
Eddie
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“Well, I’m stumped! We’ll have to wait for the autopsy”
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on 19 April 2013
Read thpage by page but hey the movie was still awesome tooese before the movie came out and had to buy them to have in my collection truly fantastic read wish the movie followed it
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