(Author: Brian Lee O’Malley) + (Year: 2006) + (Goodreads)
Oh, Scott Pilgrim, always stay cool. Oh wait, I already finished all the volumes and… yes, you are always cool.
This volume picked up speed from the normal story because the big reveal about Envy finally arrived. I had been wondering about her since the first volume because all of the times she was kind of mentioned were pointing obviously to her importance.
I really enjoyed the back story in volume 3 and seeing Scott kind of functioning… once. Don’t worry, Scott. I sometimes feel like I am you. It’s okay, buddy.
Envy was definitely annoying. That much should be clear. But she was by far the most original female character in the series as far as looks go – if you have any doubts, look at all of the others, they all look kind of alike, even though one of them is nerdy, one is uber cool and another one is Asian. I’m talking about the three girls that are always there. Ramona changes her hair color from time to time, sure, but what about the black and white version? I liked Envy’s looks, even though they were as painfully and as cringe-worthily as everything else obviously from the 2000s in the series.
I liked the little twist with the two exes to respectively Scott and Ramona, and Todd was probably the most hilarious ex, without trying to be such, of course. The entire idea about his power of veganism was brilliant.
And last, but not least, considering how Ramona was always the pillar of calm and collected behaviour, this was the first volume in which I felt some pity for her, because she is just as messed up as Scott is, but better at hiding it. I liked watching her fight it off with Envy, because that was her first serious sign that she really likes Scott.