Travis_J_Smith’s #CBR5 Review #150-1: Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1 & 2 by Bryan Lee O’Malley


Due to the local libraries only having the first two volumes, this was as far as I could get into the series for now. And, so far, all I’m getting out of it is an urge to rewatch the movie. The video-game/anime aesthetic works wonders in the film, thanks largely to Edgar Wright, while comics are ill-equipped to showcase such frenetic action. During any of Scott Pilgrim’s fights, I had to slow down considerably just to follow what was going on.

On top of that, between Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O’Malley, Wright is the better writer. If Wright had written Scott Pilgrim, it could’ve been something special. At the very least, I wouldn’t have had an utter dislike for practically every character in the comics. Either by virtue of the script, the direction, or the acting, Wright’s versions of the O’Malley’s characters managed to be questionable, yet still moderately likable.

Whereas in the comics, I’m basically rooting for Scott to fail, for Knives to get her revenge upon him, etc. But I should probably read further before I start making blanket statements such as these. So… to be continued.

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