The Asgardian Trade Commission 8/8/10

Posted on August 8, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Well, it’s Sunday, and that means that it’s time for The Asgardian Trade Commission, but not only that, today’s entry kicks off a week of reviews all leading to the release of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World on Friday.  Now, I’m lucky enough to have seen the film already, but you definitely should.  Some of my more savvy readers are saying “but wait, since you already reviewed book 1(found here) you’ll be done by Thursday!”  To which I respond: Yes I know, nerds, calm down.  That’s just so you can read all of my reviews before you leave for your midnight showings!  Don’t worry about reading the reviews of the books, or the books themselves either, both manage to stand apart as stellar works of their own.  Oh, and don’t worry about the other content during the week.  It’s my promise that you’ll still get a Single Combat and a Mortals, Take Cover! later in the week.  As for Batman: Dark Victory, well, I think I’ll save that for next weekend.  Ok, after what might be the longest introduction I’ve ever done, let’s get on with the review!

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World(Volume 2)

Oni Press, $11.99

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Ok, so, the first book of Scott Pilgrim is used to introduce the ensemble cast and to set up the 6-book-long story.  The second book gives us a little bit more background information and progresses the plot.  Again, this volume feels normal, for the most part, almost like an autobiographical comic like Blankets or something similar, until something like a fight scene or something incredibly stylized happens.  And what I think O’Malley does best throughout the book is his style.  For instance, in one sequence, Knives tells Scott she loves him and the word “love” sounds like the best thing ever, so her speech bubble has it in fancy script.  Switching perspectives, however, since Scott is interested in ending things with her and dating Ramona, the word washes over him like smoke.

It’s little things like that that make his first two books such a joy to read, but where I think the book could have benefited from a small change would be either in an addition of color, or a small tweaking of the art style.  Several times while reading this, I found myself having to backtrack to find out exactly what was going on, simply because it gets a little difficult to figure out which characters are which, and thus what exactly is going on.  The second volume does see O’Malley’s art style improve, however, so these things become less of an issue than in the first volume.  The only other problem I have with the book is that there seems to be some filler in there, like Knives fighting Ramona towards the end.  I can see where it was probably used to advance Knives as a character, and I’m all for character advancement, it just seems out of place and unnecessary to focus on Knives at this point in the series.  It’s still plain to see that O’Malley is proud of his heritage as a gamer, and makes good use of his gaming knowledge with references to RPGs, as well as character stats and things like it.  All in all, Scott Pilgrim volume 2 works to advance the story beyond where it started, works on advancing the characters and does so with a fantastic sense of style, and is not to be missed.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

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