Comics provide the kind of genre-busting kickass action that you really don't seem to get anywhere else. Comics are trash culture that frequently have moments of literary brilliance that you're never likely to find anywhere else in any other medium. Comics get away with everything. They fly under the radar from asshat Christian groups and other conservative assholes who try the damndest to ban everything awesome in the world.
Brian Lee O'Malley's Oni Press Scott Pilgrim series offices a premise so delightfully simple and unique that it can't help but grab your attention:
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Boy must defeat girl's seven evil exes to go out with girl.
The series basically takes everything that is awesome about popular culture and crams them into an engaging package of awesome. The setting of Scott Pilgrim is basically the world if it operated under early 90s videogame logic and the occasional music video thrown in for good measure. It references comics, it references movies, it references games and music and each book is presented in a manga style (but thankfully you don't have to read them backwards). It's laugh-out-loud funny, but at the same time there's some remarkably emotional and tender moments in there. Scott's a slacker, he's in a band that may or may not suck, he's insecure and universally picked on by all his friends. At the same time, he's the greatest fighter there is. Does that make sense? Maybe not. It is the perfect representation of the referential, slacker generation. In short, you need to read this thing. Do yourself a favour, jump on the internet, or run down to your comic shop, and start with Volume One: Scott Pilgrim's Perfect Little Life.
You have to do this soon, because it gets better from here. Edgar Wright, pretty much the only guy capable of turning this into a movie, is turning this into a movie (trailer here). Casting Michael Cera (Arrested Development, the geek girls can't help but love) as Scott, and a bunch of other young stars to round out the cast. Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, upcoming Captain America), Brandon Routh (Superman) Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), just to name a few. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof, Die Hard 4.0) plays Ramona Flowers, the object of Scott's affections. One of the more interesting aspects of the movie is that they've brought in a bunch of Canadian indie bands to provide music for many bands that show up in the story. It's got Beck, it's got Metric, It's got Broken Social Scene. Dan the Automator is involved in some capacity. It looks interesting at the very least.
Edgar Wright is the man for the job. You've seen Shaun of the Dead, you've seen Hot Fuzz, if you're lucky, you've seen Spaced. The impossible task of transferring this series onto the big screen, just got. Um... possibler. It's looking good, if anything, it's something different, it's something new. It's my most anticipated movie for 2010. It's out August 13 in the States. God knows when it's out in New Zealand.
Check it out.