The Asgardian Trade Commission Special 8/10/10

Posted on August 10, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Alright, so it’s Tuesday, and that means we’re 1 day closer to the release of Scott Pilgrim!  I hope you’re all excited to see it(or in case you’ve already seen it, to see it again)!  Moving along with our series, here’s volume 4:

Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together(Volume 4)

Oni Press, $11.95

Bryan Lee O’Malley

Well, the first thing you’ll notice when you look at volume 4 is the full color section at the beginning.  I thought that was a great addition, and I’d love to see a full color Scott Pilgrim(Maybe a one-volume collection?  I’d pay 60 bucks for that) sometime in the future.  Sadly, the full color section is short lived, and while it does a great job reminding you of the characters, makes great use of Sonic the Hedgehog design, and gives some more definition to the characters, I can’t help but feel like it’s out of place.  It feels like a promotional supplement, not an actual part of the story, and when it’s over, the story gets back into the groove that it came from.

I like volume 4, a lot, but it seems to drag a little bit here.  The story and momentum suffer from divergent plot lines, and mysteries that don’t really need to be mysteries at all, like the sword fighter who shows up to challenge Scott.  It’s made to seem like he’s an Evil Ex, until Ramona is present for an attack and doesn’t recognize him.  The red herring is a little out of place in the book, at least to me.  This volume also sees some great steps forward in maturity for Scott, which is always nice, even if he might not be ready to accept it just yet.  All in all, the sense of humor and the care that O’Malley shows for his characters  more than makes up for any small gripes I might have about it, so it still comes highly recommended.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

And that’s all for today, be sure to come back tomorrow for more!

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