Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Genre: YA, Comics & Manga, Coming of Age, Inside Nerd Jokes, AWESOME
Publication Date: August 8, 2012 (Re-release, Oni Press – North America)
Source: NetGalley Review Copy
Summary: Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Scott Pilgrim comes Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 1: Precious Little Life! The first in a series of brand-new hardcover editions, this remastered, 6″x9″ hardcover presents Scott’s first “evil ex” battle as you’ve never seen it before – in full-color! Plus, previously unpublished extras and bonus materials make this mighty tome one that’s required reading for Scottaholics everywhere!
Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.
☆: 5/5 stars – a MUST buy if you’re a Scott Pilgrim fan!
Review: Short review is going to be short, because I’ve read the previous edition, and I’ll be comparing editions in this review.
Definitely a five out of five for this new edition! Pilgrim fans, eat your heart out. Even though this edition will be more expensive (twice the price as the original black and white edition) but if the galley is anything to go by, it’ll be well worth the money. Even if you’re new the Scott Pilgrim fandom, being able to experience all of the epic battles with the Seven Exes in breath-taking color will definitely get you hooked on this series. Make no mistake – “Scott Pilgrim” is a coming of age, get the girl classic that will endure in pop culture for decades to come.
What’s great about this new edition is that we get to see everything about Ramona (and her Exes) in color. Specifically, her hair – as it was meant to be seen by the author (it’s a delicious mauve). There’s also new awesome labels for the characters (Scott’s little sister – “Rated T for Teen”). But mostly, the art’s been sharpened and touched up, and looks crisp and new. It’s really a feast for the eyes.
And then there’s my favorite part of this edition, the afterword – O’Malley talks about being a teen in the ’90s in Canada, and how it influenced the creation of Scott Pilgrim. There’s also a series of sketches of the evolution of the characters and their features before the official creation/publication of the comic. There’s also a great section about how real people in his life helped create the characters, and room layouts of Scott’s house, Stephen’s house, and other heavily used scenery throughout the series. It also comes with photographs. Pretty sweet. There’s also more on the original plot (as of 2003). Definitely a must-have for a Pilgrim fan as it really helps elucidate all of the origins of the series, and how much of O’Malley’s actual experiences are in his characters and storylines.
So if you’re looking for something new, or you’re a die-hard Pilgrim fan, this new hardcover all-color edition of “Scott Pilgrim: Volume 1″ is definitely a must-have (even with the price-tag). This new edition has made my best of 2012 list so far and its place on there is definitely well-deserved. “Scott Pilgrim: Volume 1″ comes out August 8, 2012 from Oni Press in North America, so be sure to check it out then. It’s definitely worth the read!