Please note that this review is of volumes 2 & 3 and may contain spoilers, although I’m not sure what constitutes a spoiler having read very few graphic novels before!
I read Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life back in June and really enjoyed it (much to my surprise!) so when I came across the next few volumes in the library, I had to borrow them even though I really shouldn’t be adding more books to my to-read list. I read both books quickly and would have moved onto the rest if I had them!
It goes from bad to worse in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the Infinite Sadness. Although Scott is (technically) dating the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, he still has to defeat her evil exes and, by the end of these volumes, there’s three down, four to go. Although I missed the bright, vivid colours of the new hardback editions, I still really enjoyed the story and the black and white artwork, although I’m happy to know that I’m not the only one who occasionally has a little trouble telling the difference between the characters. I have to say that Knives Chau is my favourite character. I think she’s brilliant – funny, quirky, completely mad and over-the-top. It’s always enjoyable when she enters the scene! I also wish that we saw more of Wallace, Scott Pilgrim’s roommate, but perhaps we will in the other volumes?
I normally do not enjoy a lot of action in my books – I like a good balance, and I think that’s what Scott Pilgrim has. I thought that a certain fight in a certain library was hilarious and epic, but I also liked that the fights do not make up the entire story, for example, we find out how Scott and Kim became friends. The fact that the characters have histories and personalities makes it much more enjoyable.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness are a fun continuation of the series and I’ll definitely be borrowing the rest of the series from the library as soon as I can (and the film adaptation!)! It has also made me want to check out more graphic novels, such as Lost at Sea and Blankets. Luckily, one of my local libraries has quite a large selection. Maybe I’m a convert?
Published: 15th June 2005 (#2) 17th May 2006 (#3)
Publisher: Oni Press