Friday, May 26, 2006

Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness

The third volume in the Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley has arrived. And doesn't disappoint. Easily on par with the previous two volumes of the series, The Infinite Sadness begins a little lowkey on the fun, but once things get rolling, it explodes into action and it's nearly impossible to put down. There are a lot more charcters in this volume than I remember previously and it can be a little hard to keep track of them, but the ones you really need to know about are prominently featured. Wallace is once again the funniest part of the book. Without him, this book just wouldn't be the same. Scott's charming in a dopey sort of way, if not extremely paranoid this time around, and he's actually growing a little bit as a character, concerned for the people around him, a little more aware. And we get treated to plenty of flashbacks that give insight into his relationship with Envy and what kind of a person she was/is. And she really is a cool character. Another layer is added to Ramona Flowers, the girl Scott's kicking all the evil ex-boyfriend ass for, something that's left to be explored over further volumes of the series, involving something that Envy knows about her past. And the evil ex-boyfriend this time around is basically an homage to Star Wars' The Force, but powered by a Vegan discipline. Yes, plenty of characters with plenty of complications and references to video games and such. And in the back of the book, there are a couple of cool Scott Pilgrim strips by other creators, one featuring a battle with King Hippo from Mike Tyson's Punchout and another by John Allison that just looks really cool. Yes, this volume's fun, wacky, hilarious and over-the-top. Basically, the kind of quality we've come to expect from the dazzling series.

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