Scott Pilgrim 3: Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Vegan jokes

Scott Pilgrim is already wearing thin

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Scott Pilgrim

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Bryan Lee O’Malley

Artist:  Bryan Lee O’Malley

Release Date:  2006


Original Black & White

Scott Pilgrim’s problems are still mounting.  Envy Adam’s return to town has brought Scott’s next Evil Ex battle in Envy’s current boyfriend Todd Ingram…who is a powerful vegan.  Scott might not be a match for Todd’s vegan powers, but he’s not going out without a fight.  Plus, Ramona Flowers has the problem of her own Evil Ex to battle in the form of Envy.

Written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim 3:  Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness follows Scott Pilgrim 2:  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  The title of the story is a reference to the classic 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins.  The manga form comic has been released in multiple forms including a high-end color format and was used for the basis of the big screen adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in 2010.

Scott Pilgrim isn’t bad but I find I can only handle him in doses.  By volume 3, I’m already a bit weary of Scott and his cooler-than-cool encounters with the world…which is a real bummer in that the Scott Pilgrim journey is only half way finished.


Evil Edition

I have to say I do love the idea that the Evil Ex Todd is a vegan and that hits my sense of humor perfectly.  The idea of snobbish vegans being literally holier than thou and part of a society is funny, but the joke is dragged on too long in this volume.  What should have been a half a story is stretched through the length of the volume…which also adds to the weariness.

It seems like O’Malley’s art is improving.  I also can’t recommend enough that the color versions really add a spice to the tale.  O’Malley has also updated the story due to the color with bubbles implying “This Was Funnier in Black-and-White”.  Regardless if you read in color or black-and-white, O’Malley definitely has a nice style that almost seems to Americanize (or Canadianize) manga.

Scott Pilgrim 3:  Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness isn’t a bad book, but having read the first three volumes of Scott Pilgrim close together leads me to wish the story was picking up pace.  It also doesn’t help that now, we know where the Scott Pilgrim story is going due to the movie and completed novels…something first time readers didn’t have problem of if they read it when it was released.  Scott Pilgrim 3:  Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness is followed by Scott Pilgrim 4:  Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together.

Related Links:

Scott Pilgrim 1:  Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Scott Pilgrim 2:  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim 4:  Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

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