Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review of Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

Goodreads Summary: "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. Nothingcould possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerouslyfashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruisingthrough his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life getturned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends inbattle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.

Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Scott Pilgrim comes Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 1: Precious Little Life! The first in a series of brand-new hardcover editions, this remastered, 6"x9" hardcover presents Scott's first "evil ex" battle as you've never seen it before - in full-color! Plus, previously unpublished extras and bonus materials make this mighty tome one that's required reading for Scottaholics everywhere!"

I was lucky enough to spot this up for review on Netgalley in all of its newly colored glory. Fifteen pages into this first volume of Scott Pilgrim and I was giggling. Pure-illustrated-ridiculousness.

I'll admit that the art style isn't a type that I would normally have picked up on my own, but there had been so much interest generated through the graphic novels as well as the movie that was made based off the afore-mentioned graphic novels I had to give it a shot.

Being a total and complete nerd myself I highly appreciated all of the nerd references throughout this book to various video games, comic books, superheroes and other things that may go over the non-nerdish's heads. I also found the fact that this is a work of metafiction, for those that are not neurotic literature majors this is when the characters acknowledge that there are people reading about them and that they are part of a book or in this case graphic novel.

As for the characters themselves, they were an interesting bunch. Scott Pilgrim himself seemed to be your typical dork-esque character. Beyond awkward when it came to girls, the brunt of his friends' jokes, and redeems himself by playing in a band. But he does give the reader a few surprises along the way. And he just makes for hilarious reading. As for Ramona? LOVE HER. So go check this girl out.

All of the extras there were included at the end? AWESOME. I love reading where authors get their ideas from, how they got to where they are, how their characters were created and changed throughout the process...just anything and everything. So this inclusion was great for me. And I think it would be well worth the purchase for fans of the series even if they are already own the originals.

For those of you concerned with such things, there was some "language" in this graphic novel and by that I mean minor cursing/cussing, which may make this something you want to avoid. Oh, and there might have been some sexual situations though no actual sex, just a bit of stripping with no full nudity...or really any for that matter.

By the end the artwork had grown on me (the coloration was great, very fitting for the style of the novel), the plot had caught my attention, and I decided that it was definitely a very good start to a series that I would want on my shelves. AND THE PURE RANDOMNESS. Loved the absolute randomness that had me going "WTHBBQ?" several times throughout the story. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life was a quick, entertaining read and laid some interesting groundwork that can be built on in a variety of interesting ways in further books.

Rating: 4/5

I received an e-galley of Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life courtesy of Oni Press and Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review of the work.

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