Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Things keep happening.  Scott Pilgrim's new girlfriends, Ramona Flowers, has made his life slightly complicated.  She's got 7 evil ex-boyfriends, and they've been showing up one by one to challenge Scott for the right to date her.  Boyfriend #3, Todd Ingram, comes with extra baggage: he's currently dating the former love of Scott Pilgrim's life!  Envy Adams broke Scott's heart a hear and a half ago.  Now she's back for more, along with her evil art-rock band, The Clash At Demonhead.  She's getting Scott's band to open a show in two days--just enough time for Scott to fight Todd, get over Envy, keep Ramona happy, fend off the advenaces of demented ex-girlfriends, and practice that new setlist.  Right?? Don't miss the latest chapter in the praphic novel saga The Globe and Mail calls "Canada's answer to Tank Girl!"


As if in answer to my complains about keeping people straight, volume 3 opens with a fantastic flowchart of all the characters and their relationships to each other!  No more confusion.

I liked this volume a lot.  Scott's past with Envy felt realistic, and the flashbacks were nicely intercut with the action in the present.  We also got a little glimpse into the fledgling friendship of Scott and Wallace, which was a little hilarious.  Todd was a great evil ex-boyfriend, and the idea of vegan superpowers literally made me lol.  He was almost too powerful, though, and I'm left wondering how Scott will defeat future baddies if he had to rely on a self-aware deus ex machina to save the day on only the third evil ex-boyfriend.  We'll see!

Still funny, but a little more poignant.  I find that I really care about Scott, Ramona, Wallace, and Knives (who is less crazy and more sad this time around).  But the person I really want more info on is Kim Pine. 

Four out of five Honest Ed's

Release Date: May 2006
Reading Level: Grade 9+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: GRAPHIC OMA

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