Scott Pilgrim, Volume 3: Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness

By Bryan Lee O'Malley

Rating: 4 stars

(One review for all six Scott Pilgrim books)

These six short graphic novels are the basis of the film Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Although I enjoyed the film, I found the main character incredibly annoying. He’s annoying in the books as well, but much less so. I found myself enjoying them much more than the film. Like the film, the basic plot of the series is that the eponymous Scott Pilgrim must defeat the seven evil exes of his girlfriend Ramona Flowers in order to be with her.

The books provide a wider canvas to tell the story in and it definitely benefits from it, fleshing out characters more. Kim, the drummer in Sex Bob-omb (the band that Scott is bassist in), in particular benefits from this extra space, as does Scott’s flatmate, Wallace. Whilst I missed the twin dragons from the film making an appearance, I thought the end of the series was much better. The video game trappings are great fun and I like the fact that they’re just part of the world and it’s never commented upon as being strange when Scott gains a 1-up and the like.

The books are all very short, taking me about 45 minutes each to read, so I’d maybe borrow them before buying them, to make sure you’ll get re-readability out of them. They’re definitely a light and enjoyable read though.

Book details

ISBN: 9781932664225
Publisher: Oni Press
Year of publication: 2006

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