From the GC Archives: I Wanna Be Literated! #34

From the GC Archives: I Wanna Be Literated! #34

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Thursday, 15 September 2016
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Vol. 2 Hardcover
by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Our CNN-like coverage of Scott Pilgrim continues. There are few things as joyful as reading and rediscovering this book. Especially in this new hardcover deluxe format. Having gotten into the series after being blown away by the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, it’s very easy to simply proclaim that the books are better than the movie. Not so. The books tell a different story than the comics.

Volume 2, like volume 1, is very similar to the motion picture (one can see what was borrowed to make the movie), but seeds have been planted that will later give the book the epic nature it rightfully deserves. That’s what makes it so exciting. Because, unlike the movie, the books span over the course of a whole year (or something like that, don’t quote me on it) instead of the couple days in the movie.

Yes, book 2 deals mostly with Scott facing Lucas Lee, but we also find out about, among other things, the grieving process Knives goes through (and the epic mall fighting scene between her and Ramona that inspired the Chaos Theater fight in the movie), Scott’s history with Kim Pine (who is much more than the one-dimensional character she’s portrayed as in the movie) and the mysterious Lisa Miller (who will play a much larger role in upcoming volumes). In addition, already in this volume Bryan Lee O’Malley is showing us some character development for the world Ramona incorporates herself in. All of which will completely start to explode in the next volume where Scott faces Todd and Envy.

The deluxe version again is a cleaned up wonderfully colored version of the original comics with some fantastic added features, like character designs, photo comparison of different locations in Toronto that O’Malley adapted, and a one off story that, jokingly, could be about Scott’s dad.

The hardcover reissues of Scott Pilgrim have raised our hopes of what to expect, and Volume 2 does not disappoint.

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