Scott pilgrim by bryan lee o'malley
O'Malley's 2004-2010 classic is still a tale that resonates with today's teens. This is one of those rare non-Japanese manga that actually has staying power. The manga version is close to the movie adaptation (one of the books-to-movies that turned out alright) in that Scott is dating a high schooler, he dreams about a mysterious girl, and he has to fight off the evil exes of his dream girl, Ramona. Scott has other adventures and battles, and yes, the baddies do disappear into a pile of coins just like most video games.
O'Malley borrows several tropes from video games, and it makes the storyline endearing and humorous. However, it's not all fun and games as some of the embodiments of emotions and talk of abusive relationships are a steady undercurrent in this narrative.
To celebrate this classic, Oni Press just released a 3 volume set in giant books, and it's in color! Or you can always go classic edition which will ultimately be cheaper.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability: Grades 9-12
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Humor, Video Games
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