Scott Pilgrim 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together

scott pilgrim volume 4 scott pilgrim gets it together cover ramona flowers bryan lee omalley
8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

More mature than earlier volumes

If you don't like the earlier volumes you still won't like this one

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Scott Pilgrim

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Bryan Lee O’Malley

Artist:  Bryan Lee O’Malley

Release Date:   2007


Color Edition

Scott Pilgrim’s life seems to be going pretty well.  He and Ramona are getting closer and no more Evil Exes have entered their lives.  When Scott meets a former classmate named Lisa Miller and a girl and a man both seem to be stalking Scott, Scott questions if he perfect life could be in trouble.  With his lease running out and still unable to say the L-Word (not lesbian), Scott must decide where his relationship with Ramona stands.

Written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim Volume 4:  Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together follows Scott Pilgrim Volume 3:  Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness.  The series continued to gain popularity and positive reviews.  The comic was released in its original black-and-white version and a deluxe color version in 2013.

This is where Scott Pilgrim begins to change.  The big screen adaptation of Scott Pilgrim was released in 2010 after the release of the final volume in the collection, but the plot really begins to diverge here.  In that sense, this volume provided a few more surprises since I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen.


Evil Edition

Scott Pilgrim is infinitely childish…intentionally.  The story plays with the slacker idea and the world of the gamer.  Despite having many tendencies in these categories, I find that I’ve really outgrown the character.  The goofy references also by this volume are beginning to lose their charm rapidly.

It is for this reason I feel that this volume does a lot of growing up.  The title “Gets It Together” is kind of appropriate because it feels like Scott is actually growing up in this title.  He is forced to get a job, get a new place, and quit ho-humming on his relationship with Ramona.  The battles with Evil Ex Roxanne and the face-off with Knives’ father almost seem to get in the way of a decent plot about maturing.  I think the series at this point actually works best in this format.

I was a big fan of the comic strip Jim’s Journal.  It was a small comic that filled of mundane stuff.  It reminds me a lot of Scott Pilgrim (especially this volume).  Jim’s Journal covered a lot of the same territory without the extreme and still kept the subtle laugh though very subtle.  I am actually kind of anxious to see how the book version of Scott Pilgrim ends up and if next volume continues to turn Scott into an adult.  Scott Pilgrim 4:  Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together is followed by Scott Pilgrim 5:  Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe.

Related Links:

Scott Pilgrim 1:  Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Scott Pilgrim 2:  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim 3:  Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

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