Book Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Book Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Pub. Date: 8th August 2012 (Color Edition) 28th July 2004
Publisher: Oni Press
Pages: 192
Series: Scott Pilgrim (#1)
Readership: Adult
Genres: Action, fantasy, humour

I had heard some things about Scott Pilgrim, but I really did not know a lot about the series since I’ve never been a reader of graphic novels. I knew that Michael Cera played Scott in the film adaptation, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. I had assumed that it was a children’s comic book about superheroes. However, when I was given the opportunity to review the upcoming colour (or should I say, color) edition (as an ebook, sadly, and not hardcover) I thought I may as well give it a shot.

I’m sure you’re all very familiar with Scott Pilgrim: 23 years old, dating a Chinese high school student named Knives, member of a crappy amazing rock band, and currently jobless (or ‘in between jobs’). He shares a bed with his hilarious gay roommate Wallace Wells because they can’t afford two beds, yet he’s generally feeling quite happy with himself until he meets the mysterious magenta-headed Ramona Flowers.

I really enjoyed reading Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life. I didn’t expect it to be so blunt and funny (‘And then he stalked her until she left the party’). I loved each and every character and enjoyed the fast pace of the story. Bryan also gets points for spelling Stacey with an e. I can see how these graphic novels can become quite addictive – I probably would’ve moved on to the second volume if I had it at hand. I had also completely forgotten about the ‘evil ex’ scenario until it came up. Hilarious and hypnotic!

I’d also like to mention a little bit about the particular edition I read, published August 2012. I’m no expert on graphic novels but I really do think this is going to be fantastic for Scott Pilgrim fans. I probably enjoyed this much more than if I’d read the original edition (I can’t help it, I love bright, pretty things!). The colours are extremely vivid, and really added another dimension to the illustrations. The brilliant colour edition also includes previously unpublished material and bonus content. I really liked reading about how Bryan took photos of certain places (e.g. Scott Pilgrim’s ‘old house’, Toronto Public Library) and used them to come up with the illustrations, and reading the original pitch presented to publishers. I’d love to see what the actual hardcover looks like!

I wonder if I’ll ever find out who Gideon is?

This book was obtained as an eGalley from Oni Press.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

  1. Awesome review! Scott Pilgrim VS The World is one of my favorite movies!

  2. I must find this edition, I am so curious to the colours and bonus material! I got the first SP from my boyfriend as a souvenir from Ireland, a month later it was my birthday and I could ask all the other books. It really is worth reading the whole series! (and rereading it every month, watching the film, following all Scott Pilgrim fanpages, searching O’Malley’s other works, etc. 😉 )

    • Oh awesome 🙂 I’m not sure how I’m going to check out the other volumes as I probably won’t buy them. Hopefully my library will have them! Although unfortunately the colour editions don’t come out all at once.

      • Maybe you can borrow them of one of your blog readers :). I think the original black and white books have their charm too because you can give more of your own interpretation to them.

  3. I’m glad you pled it! I must get this color edition!

  4. Stupid iPad, I meant I’m glad you LIKED it.

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