Scott Pilgrim's Post on Mark's Blog

I’ve behind the cool kids on this one, but in front of the main stream, so here goes – I’ve read the Scott Pilgrim series of comic books. They star Scott Pilgrim, a Canadian bassist who falls in love with Ramona Flowers, a delivery girl for Amazon.ca and who had been appearing in Scott’s dreams by accident due to there being a subspace corridor through his head… um… that’s not that important. The important part is the in order for Scott to be able to be with Ramona, he must defeat her seven evil Exes – Matthew Patel, Todd Ingram, Lucas Lee, Roxanne Richter, the Twins Kyle and Ken, and Gideon Graves.

Anyway, it’s a super stylised line graphic novel, in black and white, and has tons of quirky characters, and a style that mimics what I wish my life was like. It openly apes music and the love of new bands (Scott is in the band Sex Bob-Bomb!!) and computer games with each fight taking place like a Street Fighter battle, extra lives, save points, EXP experience points gained from encounters, he gets gold coins from each person defeated and even achievements unlocked for doing certain things. It is also blissfully self aware, breaking the fourth wall by mentioned the volumes in the volumes them selves and in once instance, even saying “We’ve taken up a third of this volume already, let’s move on”.

There are volumes that act as instalments in the series, of which there are five so far released, with the sixth and final due to be released in July 2010. They are, in order, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness, Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together and Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe. The final issue is Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour and I cannot be more excited about it.

There is also, interestingly, a movie coming out based on the books. Check it.