The Asgardian Trade Commission 7/11/10

Posted on July 11, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

It’s another Sunday afternoon, and that means it’s time for another edition of The Asgardian Trade Commission!  I have something a little different from the standard superhero fare I review this week, so let’s get on with it:

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (V0lume 1)

Oni Press, $11.99

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Looking forward to the Scott Pilgrim movie as a fan of both Michael Cera and Edgar Wright(for starters), I figured it was about time that I broke down and got to reading Scott Pilgrim.  It was one of those things where I had almost heard too much about it for me to be anything but disappointed with the content, so I avoided it to avoid disappointment.  In a small way, I was right to do so.

O’Malley does a great job introducing almost all of the characters that make up Scott Pilgrim’s cast.  As the books go on, he introduces more, as any good work should.  This particular volume starts off looking fairly straightforward.  It seems to be the story of a twenty-something Canadian musician, struggling to try and get his life to where he wants it to be.  He’s far from perfect, and that’s part of what makes you identify with Scott and the situations that surround his life.  O’Malley does some things early on in the book that make you see that he’s not afraid to be stylistically different, too, which is always nice to see in a book like this.

But then things take a bit of a turn.  There’s a bit of a reliance on dream sequences as part of the story, and it’s a little bit hard, throughout, to tell what’s really occurring and what’s dream, and it becomes a little harder to identify with Scott as he falls into a little bit of a morally questionable area.  I guess you know that he knows what he should do, but it’s understandably hard for him to do the right thing.

Up until now, though, things have been as normal as they’re going to get.  At about 3/4 of the way through the book, the story dives into the bizarre, and never looks back.  There are ridiculously over the top fight scenes, full page shots of people posing, and what could qualify as magic, or at least Dragonball Z-level “abilities,” and at one point, a dude explodes in a rain of pocket change and no one bats an eye.  It’s clear that O’Malley is trying to do something different than you expect, and largely it works and should make for a pretty decent movie as well, but if you’re going into Scott Pilgrim expecting something normal you’re going to be surprised, and depending on your sensibilities it may not be a pleasant surprise.  Personally, I’m still looking forward to the movie and the release of the 6th and final chapter of the story later this month, but I don’t think Scott Pilgrim lives up to the hype that it got, although maybe it was a little bit impossible to.  Still, all things considered, I’d say if you have 12 extra bucks around and want something entertaining to read, there are worse things than Scott Pilgrim to spend your money on.

Ollie’s Beard 3/5

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