Friday Night Fights: Black Friday Brawl!

That’s right, folks, while those of us in the world of retail dread the crowds, there are bargains out there that could drive a man mad! So brace yourselves for the biggest–and most violent–shopping day of the year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Pilgrim and Todd Ingram duke it out over savings in the pages of Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness.

35 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights: Black Friday Brawl!

  1. When you think of it, a pretty accurate metaphor for the U.S. economy.

    Scott Pilgrim: Brilliant on so many levels.

  2. Honest Ed’s is a real store in Toronto and I pretty much feel like those guys when I’m in it. And they had Insane Clown Posse dolls for like two bucks.

  3. No reviews this weekend?

    I don’t know if that counts as a fight, but if I ever go back to Toronto, I’d be up for a Pilgrim-style tour of the city. Not that a scarf-wearing, sai-wielding underaged girl should attack tourists at the Toronto Public Library, but I don’t think it would be that bad.

  4. @Jason – I took my Scott Pilgrim loving cousins on the volume – by volume tour this Summer and they loved it more than any of the actual “tourist” places we went. Bryan’s pretty accurate, with his reference, right down to the Second Cup where Stacy Works.

    Sadly I’ve yet to locate the Gilded Palace of Flying Burritos.

    @ms scrappy – Because of how piecemeal Honest Ed’s was built (it literally expanded a room at a time until it took up a whole city block) it’s remarkably incoherent, in both layout and the fact that none of the rooms are symmetrical (or even level with each other). As such it gives a percentage of it’s visitors (like me, and likely you) crazy disorientation (I get headaches after about 3 minutes inside). But hey – cheap deals on nearly expired foodstuffs!

  5. I broke down and bought the first volume of Scott Pilgrim a few weeks ago.

    Honestly? I hated it. The dialogue, while at some points funny and charming, was clunky. There were a lot of confusing segues or really, non-segues (like he’s in the middle of a date and then boom, he’s in a desert? A dream, but still confusing lack of transition).

    And then the fight at the end just comes out of nowhere and he’s suddenly shooting Dragonball Z-like energy and he’s suddenly the greatest fighter? It made NO sense in context with everything else.

    I brought it back to The Beguiling and traded it for some some Invincible trades (paying the difference) to catch up on that series.

  6. Nick, I’m with you. Scott Pilgrim is a book that equates “random” with “clever” and “funny”. Interesting characters might have salvaged it but I hated every single one of them.

  7. See, that’s just it. Some of the characters I was actually digging. They were kind of quirky and such.

    If the fight didn’t just come out of nowhere, I would have been okay with it but it was like a deus ex machina because there was no mention of super powers or anything. Just that he had a vague dream, met dream girl and was getting threatening letters.

    A lot of the book just felt like the author was making it up as he went along. Like when the dream girl says, “Oh, yeah…I have, um…seven evil boyfriends and you have to…um…defeat them to…date me?”

  8. Huh… I was really looking forward to you dressing down Batman #681 as the abysmal dissapointment it was.

    Oh, well! At least we got Scott Pilgrim!!

  9. Scott Pilgrim is basically Questionable Content with fight scenes, although O’Malley’s artwork is far more dynamic than that of Jeph Jacques. Neither of them know how to write a human being, however.

    I’ve never seen the appeal of it, but apparently it gets better the longer you read it. I wouldn’t know, because the first volume was so abysmal that I never wanted to read about any of the characters ever again. I think the best review I found stated “The characters have an emotional complexity rarely seen outside of Taco Bell commercials, the plot is stupid beyond belief, and I swear I’m now cross-eyed from rolling my eyes over and over again during this 45 minute (thank goodness) quick read!”

    The best part about the movie is going to be Michael Cera playing Scott completely deadpan because if there’s one thing he’s shown in the past few years, it’s that he’s completely incapable of playing any part other than George Michael Bluth.

  10. No reviews this weekend?

    Nope, no reviews this week, and probably not next week either, since books are delayed. But if you’ve got a desperate need to find out what I thought of something, feel free to ask. I will probably respond thus:

    Huh… I was really looking forward to you dressing down Batman #681 as the abysmal dissapointment it was.

    You are wrong.

  11. Well if we can ask about this week’s stuff here. Did your store get the new Mouse Guard? ‘Cause I have to wonder if it was just mine getting shorted. Again…

  12. @LurkerWithout: Anyone who dares to disagree with my opinion on a comic book is WRONG WRONG WRONG!

    And their mothers are fat!

  13. DUDE, Thor: MAn of War came out and I need to know if you think it was metal..er than Reign of Blood or not

  14. Uh, guys, the randomness of Scott Pilgrim is part of the point. The fact that it’s “real” and then turns into a video game every so often is consistent throughout the volumes, it’s not something O’Malley just came up with out of nowhere. If that’s not your bag, fine (though it does get better and better as it goes) but don’t dismiss it as bad writing.

  15. To be fair, if you don’t like Scott Pilgrim then (to quote a great vampire-slaying man), you’re wrong, and you’re probably stupid.

  16. I just have to know: with Matt Fraction’s Thor, Batman 681, Umbrella Academy, and Castle Waiting’s thrilling bowling conclusion, what would have been ISB’s Best of the Week?

  17. You are right, LurkerWithout. Bookrats, Brad, and Chris do make a trifecta but I prefer polite disagreement to shouting at them about it (especially since this is Chris’s blog).

    Prankster, hence my complaint that the writer has conflated “random” with “clever”. Without some kind of anchor to tie things to event in the story lack any kind of meaning even in the narrative context. It’s not just that it suddenly turns into a video game at the end, it’s that once every few pages something else just gets tossed in for no good reason. Things occur in a vacuum in Scott Pilgrim and it doesn’t give the reader a reason to care.

    The only thing I found amusing at all in the first Scott Pilgrim volume was the joke about Scott’s band only knowing three chords. That was well designed and well timed.

  18. Honestly, I urge you to give it another go. I liked the first volume, so maybe we’re on different wavelengths, but the series gets better with each new book, and O’Malley’s plan for the series can be seen more clearly. The video game stuff isn’t random, and it’s tied to the narrative thusly: it’s a metaphor for Scott’s own immaturity and his need to grow up. Well, that and the fact that he plays too many videogames and sees everything through that filter. This is Scott’s reality.

  19. People who dislike Scott Pilgrim are wrong.

    And Tristan, I’m no Sims, but Thor: Man of War was indeed metaler than anything. In fact, I’m going out to fight some random guy and then buy him a beer and **** the waitress.

  20. Chris,

    If that WASN’T disspointing (and I’ll admit, I was pumped for certain parts), then anaswer me this (the question that ruined the whole thing for me):

    Why did he let it all happen if he figured it out a year ago?

    As totally metal as he was ripping off Kill Bill and bragging about how totally clown shoes this Black Glove group was, it kind made me say “Well… then aren’t you kind of stupid for letting them get this far?”

    Also: the issue was horrible, but that’s besides the point.

  21. That’s what I was shooting for… Sort of the “good” Morrison effect. You really liked it? I mean, seriously?

    Sure, taken on its own, it was fun, but as a part of the much-hyped and drastically better paced RIP as a whole, I thought it was rushed, lacking, and, well, bad. Finding out that all the weirdness and “clues” that had the internet and fanboys squawking were the Joker “screwing around”, and Batman had it all figured out (which is what I was HOPING for all along, but doesn’t make any sense) just pulled the rug out from under the whole deal.

    Can’t wait to see your take in full (hopefully). Maybe it will give me a different perspective… Or maybe you will be so baffling that it will just SEEM like I should have enjoyed it.

  22. Well if we can ask about this week’s stuff here. Did your store get the new Mouse Guard?

    Nope, we sure didn’t.

    DUDE, Thor: MAn of War came out and I need to know if you think it was metal..er than Reign of Blood or not

    It’s hard to top Reign of Blood, but if MAN OF WAR didn’t do it, it came pretty damn close. It’s kind of like how Mob Rules sort of hits its rock-peak in the middle (with “Mob Rules”) but then even the kind of slow, cool-down songs still bring the thunder at the end.

    I just have to know: with Matt Fraction’s Thor, Batman 681, Umbrella Academy, and Castle Waiting’s thrilling bowling conclusion, what would have been ISB’s Best of the Week?

    All good choices–except that I don’t read Castle Waiting–but I think I’d have to go with Batman. Loved it!

    Sure, taken on its own, it was fun, but as a part of the much-hyped and drastically better paced RIP as a whole, I thought it was rushed, lacking, and, well, bad.

    You’re so wrong that if this was a game show and you were a contestant, you would have to give me money.

  23. I love Scott Pilgrim to death, but I don’t think it’s wise to try to sell it to everybody — much like superhero comics, it portrays a stylized reality that’s simply not to everybody’s taste. But whereas superhero comics seem descended from adolescent power fantasies, Scott Pilgrim plays more like aimless twenty-something hipster fantasy. If it had more fixed gear bicycles it’d be perfect.

    Personally, I think it’s funny and heartfelt if sometimes too cute by half, but O’Malley’s a great cartoonist and some of the better throwaway moments make the book worth reading all on their own. O’Malley’s little info boxes (which, love him though I do, Fraction wishes he could do half as well in Uncanny X-Men) always crack me up, and I think I laughed for a solid ten minutes at the throwaway New Pornographers reference in Volume 2.

  24. Chris,

    Whether we agree or not, I love you because this is actually the most intelligent ocnversation I’ve had about the comic.

    Still, the Black Glove makes the Ten-Eyed Man look like Dr. Doom.

  25. That’s a pretty accurate depiction of Honest Ed’s. It probably *does* have a sign that reads, “Buy Something, Will Ya?” After all, it’s got signs that say everything else.

  26. Still, the Black Glove makes the Ten-Eyed Man look like Dr. Doom.

    You’re so wrong that you had to go live on a square planet with crazy mixed-up laws.

  27. Honest Ed’s is a particularly appropriate store for a comic because they have kept up the nearly obsolete art of sign painting — all those price signs on the bins are hand lettered, even today.

  28. As a long time member of a couple of bands (inluding, I guess the drinking too much that sometimes goes with it, though I got over that 6 years ago) and a (also realtively recovering) role-playing (both paper and video-game) fanantic, I’d have to say the first time I read Scot Pilgrim my immediate reaction was that it was the most realistic and easy to relate to comic book I’d ever read. To those who don’t get it, we probably wouldn’t be friends in real life. But this is the internet, so there’s still hope.

    And Batman 681 was awesome.