Thursday, June 10, 2010

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Vol. 1

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Vol. 1 - Comic of the DayGood things come in small packages. Just ask my girl! Zing!

...seriously. Ask her.

Anyway, the comic of the day is yet another title I have avoided for quite some time. I've seen it at the comic shop (The Comic Bug) several times, but I always just brush it off as magna fluff. One of the shop keeps (I apparently live in the 20's with phrases like "shop keeps"), Adam Von I forget the rest, has suggested I read Scott Pilgrim books for about 3 years now (time length exaggerated for dramatic effect), but like a stubborn fool I declined his suggestions and picked up several copies of Emily the Strange comic books. Oh're so strange!

To be honest I held out for 2 main reasons.
  1. Whats with the small pocket sized book? I hate these little magna sized books (Marvel's Runaways). I'm a man with man hands and man sized shelves for my manly comics. By not being actual comic size I viewed it as a lesser gimmick type book. The book is like David Eckstein. No body respects that baseball player because of his small size and lack of color, but he's actually pretty good.
  2. After passing it by several years ago stubbornness set in and I was done with considering it. It's the same way with Harry Potter books. My sisters and many other people have told me I would love the books and that they are actual well written but since I initially didn't read them think they were for kids, I will not go back on my misconception of them. I am plain stubborn and don't care.
So why now did I buy the first book? 2 Reasons:
  1. The movie version Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is coming out soon and the trailer looked cool.
  2. Adam Von Comic Friend has recommended a bunch of good books to me lately and I think in another life we may have shared the same brain. I mean that guy suggested We3, Avatar the Last Airbender...wait a sec. It isn't like he is creating good stuff. He's just pointing it out. What a loser!
Back to my post where I do not create good stuff, I simply point it out. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Vol. 1 is...well, good stuff. I read this book in like 5 minutes (time length exaggerated for dramatic effect) at work since it was a slow day. I am not one who laughs out loud often when I am not drunk, but since I was at work and it was 3 o'clock and I was drunk...I laughed out loud.

Scott Pilgrim is written with clever dialog you can imagine saying or hearing your friends speak. Scott puts himself in awkward situations which he gets out of with funny little situational and self deprecating lines. Right from the start, Pilgrim is in a conversation about meeting a girl he likes who is in high-school and only 17. Scott is 23. He plays base in a band, sleeps in the same bed as his gay roommate because they are broke and can only afford one bed and obsesses over a delivery girl he first meets skating through his dreams.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Vol. 1 also has moments where songs are actually written out for you to sing and play along with. Guitar chords accompany the lyrics so you can try to put the song together yourself. Other fun moment come when Scott goes into video game mode. His battle near the end includes a 60 plus hit combo where he "air juggles" (phrase used for constantly hitting an opponent in a fighting video game so that they can not hit the ground and fight back) his opponent.

The first volume, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, simply sets up Scott Pilgrim's life and the scenario that if he wants to be with his new love interest he must "defeat" her evil ex-boyfriends. Ain't no thing when your the best fighter in the ring, but after battle with one ex does Scott have what it takes to defeat 5 more? Only time and several more black and white small magna style books will know.


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