Scott Pilgrim is growing on me! Except for some minor confusions that may arise over the timeline, volume three of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series “Scott Pilgrim” is completely fun and delightfully chaotic. Titled “Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness,” the edition is packed with madness rather than the promised sadness. Remember – Scott has to defeat Ramona Flowers’ seven evil exes to continue dating her. He has successfully beaten two of them so far, and the third one is the focus of volume three, or so it seems.
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In an interesting plot twist, Envy Adams, one of Scott’s recent ex-girlfriends, is introduced to the readers. Scott had dated Envy during college, and the breakup had left him devastated. Envy is now a successful singer, and volume two ended with a cliffhanger: Ramona confirmed that Envy’s current boyfriend, Todd, is her third evil ex. In a nonsensical sub-plot, Todd is known to be vegan, which apparently gives him extra superpowers, making him a formidable opponent in a fight. How will Scott handle this new challenge when he’s already carrying a lot of emotional baggage from his past with Envy?
Bryan Lee O’Malley’s slightly childlike illustrations are a perfect match for the exaggerated, game-like story of Scott Pilgrim. If you’re planning to read this comic-book series, be sure to pick up the color edition. The glossy panels are vibrant, lively, and downright entertaining. Beyond the cutesy artwork, Bryan excels at maintaining continuity in the story while keeping the sub-plots of secondary characters running as well. Knives Chau, a character one might expect to be phased out by volume three, continues to have funny little cameos throughout the issue.
Just like the previous volume, this one too is mixed with some flashbacks to explain Scott’s history with Envy Adams. His interactions with Ramona Flowers on the other hand are limited, yet there’s a slow and steady bond blooming between the two. Filled with music, fights and hilarity, “Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness” was perfect material to pass time.
It’s a 5 on 5 from me.