Friday, April 21, 2017

Scott Pilgrim Volume 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe

From the school library.

Title: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
Issue: Volume 5
Publisher: Oni Press
Date: 2009
Writer: Bryan Lee O'Malley
Artist: Bryan Lee O'Malley
Editor: James Lucas Jones
Cover: Bryan Lee O'Malley, Ben Berntsen

The fifth volume of Scott Pilgrim gets away from some of the laugh-out-loud jokes and one-liners as it moves into darker territory. Scott is confronted by two of the remaining three evil exes, and they are a pair of twins with expertise in robotics, and an increasingly dangerous series of fighting robots programmed to put a beating on Scott.

And when that doesn't do the job, they're ready to go after Scott's friends.

All the while, Scott's relationship with Ramona is suddenly on rocky ground, his band is horribly out of practice after months of recording, and Scott's world looks to be on the brink of crumbling around him.

This story did a great job with the relationship angst, the loneliness and despair, and some really touching moments involving Scott's attempts to retrieve Ramona's escaped cat. The battle with the twins came down to a nicely emotional climax as well, and the final scene was a great cliffhanger lead-in to the last volume in the series.

This felt like a very classical penultimate chapter, and it brought a good level of intensity to the series.

Rating: 8/10

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