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Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness Paperback – May 24, 2006
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Scott Pilgrim, for those of you who aren't caught up, is a 23-year-old slacker who lives in a small Canadian town around Toronto. He is in a bad band named Sex Bob-Omb along with the completely cool (so cool he has no emotions) Stephen Stills and the angry Kim Pine (whom he dated in high school). After breaking up with a 17-year-old high school girl named Knives Chau, Scott began dating Ramona Flowers, an American now living in Canada and working as an Amazon.ca delivery girl. However, before Scott can officially date Ramona, he must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. He has already taken out 2, but the next on the list, Todd Ingram, may prove to be more than Scott can handle.
Picking up pretty much exactly where the second volume, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, left off, Scott and Ramona have just learned that Todd is dating Natalie V. "Envy" Adams, Scott's girlfriend before Knives who ripped his heart out. Through flashbacks, we learn how Envy met Scott as a shy anime fan and eventually turned into a rock goddess. If that weren't bad enough, Todd is a vegan, and in Scott's world, vegans attain vast psychic powers that make him a much more formidable opponent than Matthew Patel and Lucas Lee.
As usual, the battles don't take up the whole book; most of the pages are devoted to hilarious character studies.Read more ›
That is to say, it's Toronto, but some magical, videogame-like qualities exist. These characters exist mostly in the real world but at the same time, it has some decidedly offbeat properties. Scott is an innocent, a supercool, eminently likable cipher who happens to be almost irresistibly endearing.
As the series begins, 23-year-old Scott has just started dating Knives Chau, a 17-year-old high school student. It's all very innocent; they haven't even kissed, just hugged. Scott is recovering from a devastating breakup a year ago and views Knives as a way to move on without getting his heart too involved. His friends and sister waste no time ripping into Scott for this robbing-the-cradle transgression, but Scott sticks with it, even after meeting Ramona Flowers. Ramona is the girl of Scott's dreams, literally. He keeps seeing her in visions, so when he sees her at a party, come to life in strange garb, he makes his move.Read more ›
It just wasn't as good as the ones that came before it.
That being said, I can definitely tell that this volume shows O'Malley finally stretching his writing muscles, so I expect that volume 4 should be the best yet.
The stuff about how veganism gives you super powers was really funny and Bryan Lee O'Malley reaches new levels of fantasy by drawing a scene mentioned in "It's a Wonderful Life!" as if a character were really doing it. Scott continues to be an endearingly charming dope and even seems to act his age when consoling those who felt the wrath of the excellently bitchy Envy.
The book is mostly stuff that didn't make it into the movie which is probably why I liked it the best of the three so far because most it felt new. Scott and Ramona also start to feel like a real couple rather than two strangers who've randomly met which is cool and shows O'Malley's strong writing ability - though I still feel that quite a few characters look too much alike making it different to discern who is who as well as which sequences are flashbacks and which are current.
But these are minor problems that don't really detract from enjoying the book for what it is - a fresh and imaginative take on the story of young love originally presented and immensely readable and fun. Book 3 is O'Malley hitting his stride and hopefully the series here on in can maintain this high level of quality.
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I love this series. Started with the movie and the 6 volumes give me the starting point and offer more, like with any book(s) turned into a movie.Published 22 months ago by Chris bct
Pretty disappointed by the condition of this book, considering it is suppose to be new. The bottom corner of the cover has a bend/fold, as well as an even more unsightly one found... Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Eric Leigh
We both loved the Scott Pilgrim movie and he just love the book series. Great graphics and truly funny. Great buy.Published on May 14, 2014 by Elley D.
I started to like scott pilgrim after i saw the feature film and then i started to buy the whole collectionPublished on April 29, 2014 by omar