April 22, 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Day #19 - Letter S - Scott Pilgrim


Brian Lee O'Malley, you are a chubby little asian genius!!! I have been totally into O'Malley's Canadian uber-comic series since the first time I laid eyes on it. The simplistic yet well done artwork, the witty dialouge, and the tongue & cheek capturing of a twenty something year old slacker's lifestyle all makes the 6 volumes of this title a must read. O'Malley gets it all right in his seminal title, and provides a very well balanced comic that appeals to both guys and gals. Guys love the superhero styled fights and adventurous storyline, and the gals will love the powerful women characters & the complex relationship storyline. It has something for everyone!


Scott is an every guy... he has that Peter Parker appeal. Only thing is, he doesn't have the spiderpowers of Webhead. He does have some unreal fighting skills, but those play second fiddle to his awkward ability to underestimate every situation and constantly get hiimself in trouble. Along comes Ramona, the gorgeous and trendy foreigner (from NYC) that complete rocks Scott's world. He has to be with her, at any cost. So when he finds out that cost will be to defeat her 7 evil ex's, he takes the challenge on. What follows is some crazy battles that involve moviestars, bollywood style dance numbers, lesbians, invisibilty, twin asian guitar players, swordfights, war hammers, numerous battle of the bands, an evil mastermind music producer and my all time fave... Vegan Super Powers!!! I know that all sounds quite silly, but you must read it to believe it. It's all quite magnificient... trust me.


On the flipside, I would be out of line if I did not mention Edgar Wright's fantastic movie adaption of the series. First, let me start off by saying that Wright's version of the material was my favorite movie of last year. I also thought that Michael Cera nailed the Scott Pilgrim of the books. Skinny, scrawny and still able to kick some ass for love. The supporting cast is magnificient... and that was the key to the success of this film. The books featured an amazing supporting cast, and the movie does as well. All in all, it's an almost perfect re-creation of O'Malley's genius comic, and could easily be watched instead of reading the book. I recommend both, because they are absolutely wonderful. Hope this post gets you guys over to both of these wonderful works... enjoy!

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