Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year-old Canadian slacker living in Toronto who plays bass in a band called “Sex Bob-omb”. He is also dating a high school girl named Knives Chau, much to the derision of his friends and band mates. One day he begins having recurring dreams of a girl in rollerblades, whom he later sees in a library. Her name is Ramona Flowers, an American from New York who now works as an Amazon.ca messenger. Scott is mystified by her, and he ends up dating two girls. He later breaks up with Knives. However, in order to become Ramona’s boyfriend, he has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends.
I am writing this with the last few panels still humming in my head. Ramona stands in front of a door, and holds out a hand for Scott to take. “And so,” Scott says, taking her hand, “we try again.” Yes, the series is neurotic, and hyper, and self-reflexive, and funny, and inventive, but it is all about these two confused twentysomethings who have managed to hurt a lot of people because they cannot stay put, who cannot stay put because they still cannot find the reason to remain.
In the end, they do, and they take each other’s hands and step through the door.
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The Mighty Reading List!
Next: We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg, or Mockingjay
The Year of Fog
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
Notes on Extinction
The Spooky Art
on the side: Twisted 8 1/2, Storm of Swords, Scott Pilgrim, PSF V (last few stories!)