I'm combining the reviews for these books because I read them all in succession and I'm getting confused as to what happen in which book. My feelings on the books are pretty much consistent.
Date Started: August 28, 2010
Date Finished: August 28, 2010
Summary: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott is dating Ramona and is continuing to fight her evil exes. In this volume, he encounters Lucas Lee, a former skater turned actor in horrible movies. Knives is on the war path after Scott breaks up with her for Ramona and the two duke it out in a kick ass battle in the library.
In volume 3, Scott Pilgrim and The Infinite Sadness, Scott comes face to face with his ex-girlfriend, Envy Adams, who left him for her childhood friend, Todd, who is also one of Ramona's evil exes. (this one really is sad.)
In volume 4, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Scott finally gets a job and moves in with Ramona, after his lease with Wallace expires. He also has to fight Ramona's evil ex-girlfriend, Roxie, and Knives father.
In volume 5, Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe, Scott fights Ken and Kyle, twins that Ramona dated at the same time (gasp! Scandalous). In the end, Ramona can't handle all the pressure and leaves. Where does she go?
In volume 6, the last book, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, Scott is in a daze after Ramona mysteriously leaves. All of his friends have moved on and he's stuck in stagnation with no band, no girlfriend, no place to live, and no job. After trolling his exes for casual sex and not getting lucky, Scott (reluctantly) decides to face Gideon, Ramona's last and most evil ex. Ramona shows up in the nick of time, but can true love conquer all?
Likes: This book series is just so fun to read. I found myself laughing out loud in the Borders (probably getting some glares from people, but at least I was talking on my cell phone super loud). I really like all the characters. For a graphic novel, they all seem pretty well rounded and three dimensional. Once again, I love the art style and the relationships between the characters. Scott is just a crazy slacker who is trying to do the right thing, but the story humorously addresses the lives of 20 somethings who are just trying to navigate their ways in the world of work and relationships.
The last two books really bring in the whole theme of relationships and learning from past mistakes together which make it more than just the slacker comedy it started off as. I thought the ending really summed up a real sweet lesson about love and growing up without being didactic or over the top.(in the literal sense). It was a love story wrapped up in a slacker video game comic. The ending is so cute and sweet. It was a nice way to tie up the series.
Dislikes: I keep getting some of the characters confused. I wish it was all in color.
Overall: I love this book and the casual commentary it makes about our generation. For some reason I think or generation of 20 somethings has it pretty bad. A lot of us are so used to being indulged and spoiled that we really have trouble taking care of ourselves without getting hurt. I don't think relationships are any more complicated than they were in older generations but the landscape in which we conduct them is entirely different.
Recommended by: People seeing the movie. I wanted to read all of the books before I saw the movie.
Acquired: I read the rest of the series at Border's after the Mockingjay event. I still will probably buy them just because the storytelling is so unique and the artwork is really cute.