Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.
It only took me 15 years and 4 viewings of the movie to finally start the Scott Pilgrim series. The illustrations were excellent and used in such a clever way to advance the story, making even the black and white volume incredibly compelling.
The movie was such a faithful adaptation that I didn’t glean anything new from reading this volume, which once again reinforces why I usually read the books before watching the movie. That’s not to say that it wasn’t an enjoyable read – it definitely was! – but I am very excited to see how much the series diverges from the film.