Bryan Lee O'Malley
I can always look forward to a new Scott Pilgrim release. I've liked some volumes a little better than others, but for the most part, it's a really consistent comic. The latest volume, Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, has Scott go up against two of Ramona Flowers' evil ex-boyfriends - a pair of twins from Japan who, of course, battle Scott via robots. Meanwhile, we get a little peek into Ramona's past as she finally finds out about Scott's past wrong against Knives. For once, Ramona isn't portrayed as Scott's perfect girlfriend, even though he still sees her that way. She's made mistakes in her life and she may be heading toward another one. I also enjoyed seeing secondary character (and part of Scott's band) Kim Pine shine this time around. We haven't seen enough of the love between Scott and his ex, and O'Malley really brings that front-and-center just as Ramona begins to question her relationship with Scott. Kim's a great character and I love the dynamic between her and Pilgrim. I wish we would have gotten to see more of Wallace in this volume. I feel like he's been in the background for too long, but we get a little Wallace love, and some characters have got to take the backseat if they're not pertinent to the story at hand, I suppose. I really like how this volume ends, leading up to the big confrontation with Ramona's final ex, Gideon, in the sixth and final book in the Scott Pilgrim saga.