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Pilgrim's Progress

By Alicia Korenman Posted September 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

I’m going to be honest with you guys—I’m not sure I’m qualified to be writing this column anymore. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Don't worry; she is.] I participated in bar trivia at Pinhook in Durham this week, and did very little to help my team to victory on the Marvel Comics round (we did come in second, but only due to the valiant efforts of another friend). Of course, I’ve been pretty open about my lack of interest in most superhero comics, and there was definitely a dearth of X-Men related questions, which obviously I would have nailed. (I did know the names and alter egos of all the Fantastic Four, at least). I am sorry to be a disappointment to my dear readers, who count on me for comic book nerdery, and I promise to read up on the Skrulls sometime.

At least you can still count on me to be a nerd about indie comics, so let me wax rhapsodically about color Scott Pilgrim. I’m a huge fan of the original series—I have long said it’s my favorite series after Love and Rockets (the new issue of L&R came out this week, by the way, and as always is worth checking out). There’s so much to love about Scott Pilgrim—the general adorableness, the large cast of lovable (or wonderfully hateable) characters, the insane sense of humor, the many pop culture references, the general indie feel of it all—plus all sorts of action, adventure, and romance! And growing up! The whole series is like a metaphor for your 20s or something, but way better (and weirder).

And guess what, it’s even awesomer in color and larger! (The new editions are hardback and are bigger than the little manga-sized paperbacks they were originally.) Colorist Nathan Fairbairn did an amazing job making these characters even more vivid—and they are very vivid. You can see a preview here to see what I mean. It’s also been colorized to match the movie (in terms of the opening pages and Ramona’s hair, etc), which I think is kind of cool. That movie underperformed at the box office, but seems to have become a cult sensation judging by the many pictures I’ve seen on the internet of people cosplaying Ramona.

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a ton of fun, and it won’t spoil the comics for you—O’Malley hadn’t completed the series when the script was written (you can actually see where the similarities stop), and the end of the comic book is kind of complicated, so the movie has a pretty different ending. But both are entertaining.

If you haven’t read Scott Pilgrim yet—or read it a long time ago and completely forgot all the details—now is a great time to catch up. These color editions are amazing-looking and are coming out at a faster clip than the originals (volume 1 came out in August, volume 2 will be out in October) and the story holds up really well. Sheer fun. Officially rated for ages 13 and up.

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