If they can survive the prospect of forever.
And with this part of the journey, we are about to enter Scott Pilgrim Volume 5 Vs. The Universe. As always, it is written and drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers are dating. Her Seven Evil Exe’s are after Scott. And the world keeps turning.
In this latest dispatch from the evolution of Scott and Ramona, our couple are now living together, having breakfast together, and taking care of a cat together. Marriage is being whispered about by their friends. They are on the verge of entering into adulthood, with all the unknown dangers that encompasses.
Scott knows not what he does, but is trying to figure it out. Ramona does know what it is happening, but is pulling an old Scott. She is becoming the irresponsible slacker in the emotions department. Any excuse to be angry, any reason to be mad, any way to hurt Scott and drive him away, must be tried. Eventhough the seeming alternative is the dreaded Evil Exe Gideon.
She knows Gideon is a horrible, terrible, possessive man-child. She knows he is wrong. But the spectre that her damaged self esteem will somehow recover and she can be herself again is so tempting. Gideon holds her soul. Ramona does not know how to reclaim it. Scott has no idea how to help. They should be a happy couple. And Gideon should leave them alone and vanish. At this point, in a perfect world, we should be living in a two couple play.
Real life fiction is constantly a part of Scott Pilgrim. Any one of us can see the daily drama that afflicts Scott and Ramona mirrored in our own life’s. This is not a cheap drama, but a painful human story with all the foibles of our favourites exposed all over. Even more so because of cell phones. The subtle disintegration, pieces chopped off bit by bit, from their relationship makes you fervently wish you could reach into the pages to soothe and comfort them. Maybe that is because whenever this kind of turmoil have occurred to people we know in our daily lives, our inert helplessness make us feel impotent.
Thankfully Scott still has his mojo, kicking butt all in the name of Ramona. The first major battle here takes place in the background, while Ramona and Kim discuss life some distance away. The next major battle is less reality distorting, with Ramona and Kim playing deceiving roles in the conclusion. Methinks O’Malley is saving the main fireworks for the epic ending coming up next, and letting this one breathe on it’s own.
Unlike the last Volume, this parcel of our trip ends with a sad note. The couple we have so routed for are on the brink. Gideon is now making his presence fully felt. But I have hope for true love. I hope you do too.
And I can’t wait for the Sex Bob-omb reunion to happen.
P.S. Scott Pilgrim is copyright 2012 to Bryan Lee O’Malley. My review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 Precious Little Life is here. My review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 2 Versus The World is here. And my review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 3 And The Infinite Sadness is here. And one more time, my review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 4 Gets It Together is here. Whew!
P.P.S. And thanks again to my friends Victoria, Katherine, and Gianna for bringing Scott and Ramona into me. And thank you to my brother Mark for loaning me his copies.