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Scott Pilgrim, Vol 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together Paperback – November 14, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. After three volumes of hilarious slacking—a jobless trek of playing in a band, wobbling between romantic entanglements and battling the seven evil ex-boyfriends of his current girlfriend, Ramona Flowers—Scott Pilgrim must finally make choices. Does he truly love mysterious messenger Ramona? Will his band SexBobOmb play out? Can he pay the rent? Can he keep a job? And why is be being followed by two ninjas? O'Malley's manga-tinged youth comedy has gotten more confident as the series has become a veritable institution, with an eight-page color section to open this volume, but the story, too, reveals new layers of character. This time out the main complication in Scott's life is Julie, a high school might-have-been-girlfriend. Cute Julie keeps showering him with attention, forcing him to deal with his feelings for Ramona, who also has a visitor from her past. The references from indie band lore, video games and manga keep the story sharp, while the occasional fight scenes—Scott must face two opponents at once!—are perfect metaphors for the uncertainty and excitement of being an early 20-something. O'Malley's sparkling dialogue captures the bravado, insensitivity and engaging cluelessness of a generation for whom a dishwashing job constitutes getting it together big time. (Nov.)
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So the scene is me, reading Volume 4 of Scott Pilgrim, drunk on painkillers from the surgery, laying on the couch snuggled up to a sloshy trashcan brimming with spitblood when my cat walks by lookin' soft as heck. I reach out to graze my fingers against his silken sides. Suddenly, he recoils away from my embrace, because he hates love. My heart torn, I reach out further in a vain attempt at reconciliation, and tip Volume 4 of Scott Pilgrim into the trashcan, where it absorbs all of the plasma, saliva and other bodily fluids immediately. End scene as I try to buy another copy on Amazon but mistakenly purchase new blinds instead.
On the surface, the plot arc of the six-volume series is centered around Scott Pilgrim, a twenty-something game-playing slacker in a Canadian garage band, who meets the girl of his dreams (literally) and finds he must defeat her seven evil ex-es if he wants to date her. But like an iceberg, the surface only hints at everything that lies beneath.
Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together is the fourth volume in the series. The cast of returning characters include:
Scott Pilgrim, a wide-eyed and likeable but perpetually clueless 23-year-old slacker who's in a garage band called Sex Bob-omb. ("How are you and Ramona doing? Have you said the L-word yet?" "The L-word? You mean... lesbian?" "Uh... no. The other L-word.")
Ramona Flowers, a roller-blading delivery girl for Amazon.ca and the girl of Scott's dreams. ("You and _her_?!" "Oh, relax. It was a phase.")
Knives Chau, his 17-year-old Chinese former sort-of girlfriend who still has a major crush on him. ("I've kissed the lips that've kissed you!!!")
Wallace Wells, his cool but boy-crazy gay roommate. ("Let's be friends based on mutual hate.")
Stephen Stills, lead guitarist in the band. ("Do you always refer to him by his full name?" - "Who? Stephen Stills? Yes.")
Kim Pine, the band's drummer and Scott's ex-girlfriend from high school. ("Scott, if your life had a face, I would punch it. I would punch your life in the face.")
Young Neil Nordegraf, Stephen Still's roommate and the band's biggest fan. ("What do you play?" "Um... nothing, I just live here.")
Comeau, who knows everyone. ("Well, I wouldn't say _everyone_, but yeah, I guess.")
Julie Powers, Stephen Stills' on-again/off-again but always bitchy girlfriend. ("That song is about me, people! He thinks I'm a total bitch and a half!" "You mean she doesn't _know_?")
Stacey Pilgrim, Scott's younger sister. ("She's Chinese? Wait till Mom hears about this!")
And in this volume we meet Lisa Miller, Scott's might-have-been girlfriend from high school, and last but not least, Roxanne Richter, a blonde half-ninja and the fourth of Ramona's evil ex-es to challenge Scott Pilgrim. ("So I want to cut off his stupid head. What's the problem?")
As a special treat, the opening chapter of this volume is in full color.
Just read it. You'll be hooked.
I highly recommend this book (and the entire series) to anyone who appreciates a comic series with a unique visual style, engaging characters, the kind of surreal world we only wish we could live in, and just a great fun read.
IN SHORT: IT'S THE BEST IN THE SERIES BECAUSE IT IS BOTH EPIC AND AMBITIOUS IN IT'S NARRATIVE BUT WHAT MAKES IT THE BEST IS THAT O'MALLEY PULLS IT ALL OFF VERY WELL.
For parents: I would not recommend this book for those under the age of 14 due to some adult content (some references to sex). I am an educator and I would not allow students to read this unless they were in high school (9th grade or higher).
I have never been in love with a comic book series so completely before.
Read these comics, see the movie, read "Lost at Sea," visit bryan's website, and listen to Kupek because I am having a REALLY hard time disliking anything Bryan Lee O'Malley does and I imagine you will have the same problem.