Scott Pilgrim, a dopey but lovable 23-year-old slacker and bassist for struggling Toronto band Sex Bob-omb, was dating Knives Chau (17 years old) until he fell for Ramona Flowers, a mysterious American delivery girl. Only after breaking up with Knives (who still loves him) did he discover that he would have to defeat Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends to earn the right to date her. Fortunately, Scott is the best fighter in the province. In the fourth manga-sized volume of this hugely winning series, nominated for three Harvey Awards and one Eisner, Scott has to get a job, decide whether to tell Ramona he loves her, and battle not only ex-boyfriend number four (who turns out to be half-ninja and not a boy at all) but also Knives's katana-wielding father, who is belatedly protecting his daughter's honor. Scott's ex-girlfriends keep showing up, too, complicating things further. O'Malley's black-and-white artwork combines manga storytelling devices with cartoony American alt-comic character designs. It's part relationship drama, part comedy, part martial-arts parody, and even part video game, with large doses of rock 'n' roll, science fiction, anime references, and fourth-wall breaking. Ranma 1/2 fans and most anyone else will have a blast. Highly recommended for mid-teens and up.--S.R.[Page 72]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Fourth volume of this irresistible martial arts romantic comedy, wherein bass-playing slacker Scott battles the seven evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona Flowers, the girl he's fallen for.--S.R. (LJ 1/08)[Page 55]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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.)[Page 42]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.