Page 45 Review by Stephen
Scott is a clot. He really is. He's a total dumpling, and in terms of a Chinese take-away, dim doesn't even begin to sum the lad up.
He is kinda cute, though, and as the series kicks off, Scott is living with gay housemate Wallace for whom sly, dry mockery is a default setting. They're so poor that they even share the same bed. But Scott sleeps soundly until this girl called Ramona comes skating through his dreams. She's a delivery girl and as you well know the quickest way from A to B is to skate through someone else's dreams, right...? Then Scott meets Ramona in his waking life, falls head over heels in whatever the hell that thing is (he may figure it out eventually) but is casually informed that if he wants her as a girlfriend he'll have to defeat her seven evil exes in combat!
Truly a unique series with a heart of gold, and a wit and a Nintendo logic all of its own, there is not a single comicbook reader who could fail to fall in love with Scott, Wallace, Ramona or Bryan himself. O'Malley's visual gags, unique to the medium, keep tumbling onto the page.
Unlike the six SCOTT PILGRIM colour hardcovers, these three 2-in-1 editions boast no behind-the-scenes extras, just ALL the comics, their comedy genius, plus an innovative, thick-book spine mechanic which we've never encountered before.
Of Scott Pilgrim vol 2 h/c I wrote:
Seminal series about the most sensitive, caring, sharing boy in Christendom.
I think we should break up or whatever."
WHAT?! No level-up points you, young Scott!
Nathan Fairbairn has done the impossible: taken Page 45's all-time favourite black and white series and enhanced it with colour. Oh, the blasphemy of it all! But it looks so good and it feels so right. Witness that rain-soaked night with the puddles on the pavement: you can almost hear the downpour and smell its wet-dog fur! And then there's the subtle reflection of Ramona's fuscia leggings!
Anyway: Kim Pine. She was beautifully portrayed in the film - I don't think you could have cast a better Miss Mardy glowering over the drum kit - but woefully cut in terms of screen time. Well, it wouldn't all have gotten too complicated...
Here: IT GETS COMPLICATED!
Kim Pine, you see, was always a major player in the comicbook series and now you'll be privy to her full story.
Previously in SCOTT PILGRIM:
To continue dating Ramona, Scott must defeat her seven evil exes in combat, levelling-up Nintendo-stylee as he does so. BUT: Ramona isn't the only one who's had a complicated love life, and - Knives Chau aside - they all seem to end up in bands! Plus: is Scott finally going to ditch Knives Chau? And if he does so, did he actually pay attention to her name? In fact does Scott pay attention to anyone or anything ever?!
Oh, good grief. Too busy fussing about this hair, I expect.