Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, the fourth volume in the popular comic book series by Brian Lee O’Malley, hits stores across the city today.
We feel confident in saying that there has never been a person in the history of time who hasn’t liked this series. The fact that Scott Pilgrim is set entirely in Toronto only makes it more appealing: live vicariously through the characters as they eat dynamite rolls at New Generation Sushi, go to concerts at Lee’s Palace, and hold ninja showdowns in the Reference Library.
Haven’t read the books so far? Here’s the rundown: Scott Pilgrim is 23, lives in Toronto, is “between jobs,” and plays bass for a band called Sex Bob-Omb. He may share a bed with his gay roommate Wallace Wells, but his heart belongs to Ramona Flowers, a New York expat and Amazon.ca delivery girl. In order to date her, Scott has to battle Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in a series of anime-inspired melees. As if that’s not dangerous enough, Scott is having ex-girlfriend problems of his own with Knives Chau, the girl whose heart he broke, and Envy Adams, the girl who broke his.
A preview from AV Club suggests that the fourth volume sees a noticeable change in O’Malley’s cartooning from his previous rough “lo-fi manga” style to more crisp and clean lines. Apparently there is also some major emotional development from Scott, both personally and romantically. But more importantly, where will the big battles be staged this time around? The Rogers Building? Kensington Market? The PATH? We can’t wait to find out.
Images courtesy of Brian Lee O’Malley.