Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Review)

September 12, 2010

Book cover for "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" by Bryan Lee O'Malley.Title: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley

Publication Year: 2005

Pages: 200

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel

Source: Purchased from Book Depository

From the cover:

Does Scott and Ramona’s burgeoning relationship have a future? Isn’t Scott still supposedly dating Knives Chau? Who is Ramona’s second evil ex-boyfriend, and why is he in Toronto? Who are The Clash At Demonhead, and what kind of bizarre art-punky music do they play? Who’s their hot girl keyboardist, and what is Scott’s relation to her? Why are they Knives Chau’s new favourite band? Fights! Drama! Secrets revealed! The answers to all these questions and more!

(This is the second book in the Scott Pilgrim series, after Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.)

Well, so far, not really getting much better.

This volume starts with a sequence from Scott’s past, when he was in high school. I was hoping that this would explain a bit about his fighting skills, but it didn’t really – the sequence was actually kind of confusing and, while it clarified how Scott had met one of his band members, it really didn’t clear up anything else about the story. Later, we met the second of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends; the whole fight sequence was ridiculously video game-y, which just felt weird instead of giving the story more of a unique character.

Scott finally breaks up with his high school girlfriend, Knives. It’s not the end of her, though – she becomes this really creepy stalker-like ex-girlfriend. Ramona really points out the best part, when she comes out and says “what kind of an idiot would knowingly date a girl named Knives?” This looks like it’s going to be a continuing part of the series, so at least her character has been fleshed out a bit and isn’t just a throw-away.

Finally, I really don’t understand the title of this volume – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There really isn’t anything “the world”-like about the challenges or people that Scott faces, and so it just didn’t strike me as a great title. But I suppose that fits in with the rest of the very over-the-top-ness of the series so far.

All in all, I’m still not really “getting” the appeal of this series. For those who have read it, does it get any better?

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3 Comments

  • zibilee September 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Oh no! I wanted to love this series and thought the movie looked excellent, but it sounds like it might be a little off. Are you going to continue onward?

    • Carina September 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      I am! I’ve already finished 1-3, and they seem to be slowly getting better. I’m hoping that maybe the end of the series will redeem itself.

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