Things are pretty sweet for Scott Pilgrim. At 23 years old he’s in a rock band called Sex Bob-omb, lives rent-free, currently has no job, and to top it all off is dating a cute high-schooler named Knives Chau. It’s all a little slice of heaven-cake until some mysterious hot chick roller-blades through his dreams and into reality. This is Ramona Flowers; the definition of hard to get. If Scott wants a chance at a relationship with her, he has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends and try to do it all without destroying the life he already has.

For those who have already seen the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World movie, volume one of the manga series matches up pretty closely. There are subtle differences, most of which are just getting to see more depth to the characters (it’s much easier to explain characters through writing than it is to show who they are within the length of a movie). For those who haven’t seen the movie, I’d recommend doing so before reading the manga series, as all of the differences in the end will make the experience less enjoyable (like that time I tried to watch the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie). This series has a distinct humour to it, much of which being game inspired, and yet still incorporates a serious relationship storyline without being depressing. It really stands out from other mangas, and definitely has re-reading value.