Scott Pilgrim, vol. 4

Writer(s): Bryan Lee O’Malley
Artist(s): Bryan Lee O’Malley
Publisher: Oni Press
ISBN: 978-1932664492
Price: $11.95
Page count: 216
Year Released: 2007
Status: in print
Original Source: n/a
Other Collected Edition(s): n/a
Genres: adventure; humor; magic realism; romance/relationships; slice of life; teen/young adult
Recommended for Fans Of: video games
Possibly Objectionable Material: cartoony violence
If You Like This Book, Try: Blue Monday
Also in This Series: preceded by Scott Pilgrim, vol. 3; followed by Scott Pilgrim, vol. 5

Plot Summary
Volume 4 begins as a relatively low-key affair, preoccupied with Kim moving into a new apartment with Hollie and Joseph, whom Stephen gets to agree to record Sex Bob-omb's first album--but only because Joseph finds Stephen attractive. Later, at the mall, Scott reunites with his old high school pal Lisa Miller, who is in town visiting her sister. Wasting no time, Scott introduces her to Ramona and the rest of the gang.

Scott also gets a job. Finally. Though Stephen probably wishes Scott would have become a dish washer somewhere other than his own place of work. But that's okay because Scott gets fired after his first day anyway.

So which one of Ramona's exes does Scott fight in this volume? Well, that's a bit of a mystery--and a pretty funny one at that--so I won't say any more about it. But I can tell you the fourth ex is not the scary guy with the samurai sword who keeps trying to cut Scott in half in this volume. And what does Knives Chau have to do with this sword-wielding stalker?

My Own 2 Cents
The full title of this volume is Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, and it's an apt description. Though Scott has by no means grown up completely, he does seek out some employment, make a decision to find his own apartment (since the lease on his and Wallace's current place is expiring soon), and take a more mature stance on his relationship with Ramona. There are pitfalls, of course (not least of all his apparent attraction to Lisa), but at long last Scott's finally trying to be a man.