Page 45 Review by Stephen
Scott Pilgrim lives with his gay housemate, Wallace, for whom dry, sly mockery is a default setting.
Also: taking his pants off.
"Why are your pants off?! Stop taking your pants off all the time!!"
"It's hot! Also? I'm hot, so enjoy it while you can."
"Mumble, mumble... scarred for life..."
British readers: 'pants' means something different in North America.
SCOTT PILGRIM was the coolest comic on Earth since its very first venture, and if you've never tried it, then you need Scott Pilgrim in your life.
There are no exceptions. This means that you're not one of them.
They don't exist; you do!
So that'll be £26-99, please.
Scott is clueless, unemployed and potentially unemployable. For one, his girlfriend's evil exes are constantly threatening to do Nintendo-style battle with him which can be pretty disruptive to most work schedules.
Although he's dated Ramona for three books already, he's yet to use the "L" word on her
Here's his trouser-less room-mate Wallace again, asking if he's used it:
"The L-word? You mean... lesbian?"
"Uh... no. The other L-word."
"Okay, uh, it's "love". I wasn't trying to trick you or anything."
"What? Have I said it? To her? Sort of. Almost. No. Is it important?"
"I don't know, guy, but your Mom says it to me all the time."
Wallace takes a big, long slurp from his drink.
These books have a logic all of their own, for when I say Scott has to battle Ramona's evil exes in between band practices, he does: using drinks for Level-Ups, gaining Experience Points from work and - if Scott manages to get it together in time - even a flaming sword when he learns The Power Of Love. He's going to need it as well, as the ominous Gideon sub-plot grows thicker...
O'Malley hasn't even begun to run out of ideas: Scott's head poking out from the zip of a small, subspace handbag? Genius! The best book yet, with a joyous and inventive cartooning that gets slicker and slicker.
Even if Scott doesn't.
"Where's Julie tonight?"
"I dunno. She hates me. Where's Ramona?"
"She's at home tonight and she likes me very much."
"Have you said the L-word yet?"
"Why is everyone obsessed with lesbians?!"
Contains SCOTT PILGRIM colour hardcovers 3 & 4.