Scott Pilgrim, vol. 5

Writer(s): Bryan Lee O’Malley
Artist(s): Bryan Lee O’Malley
Publisher: Oni Press
ISBN: 978-1934964101
Price: $11.95
Page count: 184
Year Released: 2009
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. 4; followed by Scott Pilgrim, vol. 6

Plot Summary
Scott turns 24 at the beginning of this volume and vows to be the best 24-year-old ever. Things pretty much go downhill from there.

At Julie's Halloween party Scott fights a midget robot sicced on him by Kyle and Ken Katayanagi, the next of Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends. Scott defeats the robot (and "wins" the party) but the Katayanagi brothers escape. Meanwhile, Scott begins to suspect that Ramona is becoming tired of him. She even mentions that she doesn't like his band--a blow to any young slacker's ego! And when Knives tells Ramona that Scott was two-timing them at the start of their relationship, Ramona pulls even further away. At one point she tells Scott "You're just another evil ex-boyfriend waiting to happen."

But Scott proceeds with his plan of fighting the Katayangi brothers--not that he'd have much of a choice since they kidnap Kim in an effort to lure him into a trap. But the story of their twisted relationship with Ramona instills Scott with doubt. Can Kim help Scott defeat the brothers before he defeats himself? And even if he does win, will Ramona still be around when the fight is over?

My Own 2 Cents
Compared to the previous volumes, this one is almost somber in theme. But it's still Scott Pilgrim so there are plenty of laughs, even as Scott's love life hits a rough patch. One of the best moments is when Scott's brother, Lawrence, is finally introduced. It's a classic Scott Pilgrim moment. The only problem with this volume is that it's not the last one, which means we have to wait at least another year before we get more Scott Pilgrim. C'mon, O'Malley! Get a move-on!