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Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe

(Scott Pilgrim #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  30,410 ratings  ·  898 reviews
Scott Pilgrim just turned 24, and things couldn't possibly be better! This means things are about to get infinitely worse! Suddenly, TWO of Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends are in town, and they're playing dirty. His band is in turmoil, and his own exes aren't making things any easier. And what's up with Ramona, anyway? She's been acting kinda weird ever since they moved in tog ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Oni Press (first published February 17th 2009)
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Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This volume was a tad repetitive and didn't stand out amongst the others, but I feel like it's leading up to a great ending!
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fifth Level!

This is the fifth book (in a series of six) of “Scott Pilgrim” saga.

Creative Team:

Creator, writer and illustrator: Bryan Lee O’Malley


I don’t care who you are, or where you’re from. Or… what you did. As long as you love me.

I’ve done bad things

We both have. Everyone has!

Scott Pilgrim is now 24 years old (with Birthday party, cake and stuff), and Ramona Flowers revealed in the previous book that she’s 24 years old, so now they both are of the same age
Carlos De Eguiluz
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
THIS is actually probably my least favourite of the series so far because it felt very repetitive and there wasn't much plot happening. Ramona is mad at Scott, they fight and he sleeps at the houses of his friends. They make up. The twins appear. Lather, rinse and repeat.

I still love the art style and the quirky humour; plus I am really keen for the last volume but this one was kind of disappointing.
Michael Finocchiaro
Honestly, i was a little disappointed with Twins. I had my hopes up for a more epic battle and the rest of the story line was OK but a bit confusing. Ok, on to the conclusion now...
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This started with the typical nice way. It was all like cool lines, humor, Scott fighting guys, cute moments and Ramona vs Knives…. and then
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Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
not sure why I didn't get this on my first read but...

Vol. 4 okay, is a retread of all the moves of the series so far, the ex battle, the game elements, the girl from Scott's past, Scott being clueless & dumb. Amplified, played for laughs sure, but the moves are old, tired and you've seen 'em before. There's a cursory feint towards Scott growing up, getting his shit together which gives it an illusion of change, but really, Vol. 4 is the same ol' Scott Pilgrim, the one you know and love. And
Scott really is the worst. I mean, he might be hilarious but he complains and complains and complains and does nothing to help his situation. Basically, the kind of lazy person I hate in real life. The ‘epic battle’ with the twins was a downer. Luckily, the humour was still there and as strong as ever.
Jeannette Nikolova
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

This volume felt more serious and kind of depressing in comparison to the others and I think the reason for that was the idea that things need to get worse before they get better. In a nutshell.

I also thought that here we saw more mature themes and more sexual innuendo than in the previous volumes and most of all, worse moments for both main characters. This was a defining volume for Ramona as a character and I really pitied her in the bedroom scene. Sc
Mohammed Al-Thani
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scott pilgrim never disappoints. This was such a AWESOME Graphic novel. It opens up and makes it ready for the final volume. This has also got to be one of my favorites in the whole series. So EPIC!!! The ending had me like "I need the final book now!!!" It had everything you need in graphic novel. Epicness, humor, action and much much more. The evil ex boyfriends were AMAZING! And just everything was AMAZING!Overall this book was KICKASS and AWESOME
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
This isn't the last vol. in the series, and yet it feels like the end.

After so many physical fights Scott has endured over his girlfriend Ramona (her ex-boyfriends show up throughout the entire series), it appears he still hasn't won. Her heart that is. Ramona seems discontent with him. She no longer disguises her loss of interest in his band, dislikes his possessive nature of checking her cellphone and seems bored of putting up with his immaturity (Scott is 24 and works part-time. Can't afford
Jedi JC Daquis
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
After that Lisa Miller encounter in volume 4, everything felt mediocre thereafter. Especially here in volume 5. Not that it would stop me from finishing Scott Pilgrim since there's only one volume left, but volume five is very underwhelming. The Pilgrim vs. the Twins fight is muddled by exposition and uninspired dialogue. I am not interested with this sudden coldness of Ramona towards Scott. Her mysterious disappearance IMHO would have been more impactful if the two were in very good terms.

In f
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
These books man. Sometimes it's like reading about my friends. Here we are, 24 or so, dead broke, trying to make a go of it, hurting each other every time we turn around. My favourite part in this book is when Kim gets on a train:
Scott: Sorry about... everything.
Kim:Not your fault.
Scott: *thinks really hard for a couple of panels* I'm sorry about me.
Kim: Apology accepted.

The moments of realizations, the coming to terms with ourselves as bad people, and then taking those steps and saying the hard
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
First Read: February 2nd, 2016
Second Read: February 4th, 2017
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This was the worst book in the series for me. It's Scott's 24th birthday and he has matured a bit like I wanted him to over the course of these books. At least he's no longer using girls and being a major jerk, though he is still a jerk. Ramona's behaviour is suddenly all out of character and she appears to just disappear. o..kay?... Anyone doing the math is not surprised to know that this book's boyfriend will have to be twins, otherwise how do we get 7 ev
J.G. Keely
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, reviewed
I think what annoys me about the sort of music fandom depicted by the Scott Pilgrim characters is not simply that they value music solely because of their emotional reactions to it, but they act as if this somehow makes them special, as if their emotional connection to the music were somehow more valid than the average jugglette's.

Then there's the obsession with the rarity of music: collecting unknown bands and staking claim, which is a symptom of the fact that most trendy people don't recognize
Michelle. D.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So this is a review for the entire series.
it was amazzzzing by the way.

The characters were so unique and interacted with each other soooo well and it was just awesome!!!
Scott- Funny as hell.
Ramona- Cool as hell.
Knives- Obsessed as hell.
Stephen Stills- Laid back as hell.
Kim- Awesome as hell.
Stacey- Normal as hell.
Wallace- Amazing as hell.
Young Neil- Cute as hell.
Gideon- Annoying as hell.
Natalie(aka Envy)- Retarded as hell.
Lisa- Random as hell.
Julie- Mean as hell.
Mathew Petal- Amusing as hell.
Matt Smith
I remember when Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5 came out. The anticipation. The excitement. The drama. The need to read it as son as I got my hands on it. The claim that once again Bryan Lee O'Malley really nailed it and knocked it out of the park.

But having read it again, now, finally, years after knowing how it ends and where it all goes, I find myself very... conlicted.

I'll go back to Harry Potter. That's the easiest comparison. I remember with Harry Potter that I really liked the sixth book, but didn't
So much like the movie, yet an entire entity of its own. So worth the five stars! What can I say, though, without spoiling it?

This is the book where Scott's voyage through the Seven Deadly Exes really takes a turn. The fight against the Katayanagi twins, Kyle and Ken, was so different and new, I almost thought Scott wouldn't make it to the end of the book--whether he did or not is for you to read. (although, come on, there is a book 6).

There are more parties Scott and Ramona attend, more random
Chanel Earl
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
If this book had a face, I would punch it's face in the face.
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Pretty sure this is the Empire Strikes Back of the series. I really loved it.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This time Scott fights with the twins and some major developments happen in his relationship with Ramona. Loved this volume. One of the better ones in the series.
Danni The Girl
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reading, comics
I like Ramona I just wish she would get a grip
Love Kim, she’s awesome
Knives please move on
Scott you’re doing great 👍
Christena Rose
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I loved Vol 1-6 of the Scott Pilgrim series. They were totally witty in every unpredictable, wonderful way. Each page was beautifully illustrated and full of expression. The characters practically jumped off the page. I can't rave enough about the uniqueness of the story line and can't wait to read them through again and again.
Sam Quixote
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve made it to the fifth volume, chances are you won’t need much to get you to read it and then the next – you’re probably too invested in the series to even question whether or not it’s as good, etc. But of course it is. With Scott and Ramona in relationship heaven, living together happily, stormy weather was bound to make its way to them sooner or later, and it does. Ramona finds out Scott’s was in a relationship with Knives Chau when he began seeing her and she flips out.

While Scott wa
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
By far this is one of the best!!

The pictures were fab and I freaking LOVE all the pannels with the cat in it!!

- A Review from a mother of a 13 year old boy -

* Not really a ton of crude language in this one. I was shocked that the word Asshat was used. I mean... This was written by a dude... I actaully had to explain to my hubz what an asshat was, a couple of months ago. He then told me that dudes don't say that word. Maybe he just didn't get the memo.

* There are 3 pannels of shadow nookie but th
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another hilarious book from Brian Lee O'Malley! I love the world he creates for the characters. I also love that he leaves no stone unturned. He'll bring back some things from the first couple of books, and it fits so well with the storyline. It's sheer perfection. I love how even though a little faith goes a long way in Scott's fights, he is still so insecure about his relationship with Ramona. There are a lot of really funny scenes. Most of them incorporate what's being drawn around characters ...more
Brendon Schrodinger
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Ramona has twin ex boyfriends? Get out really. What other chauvanistic sexual fetishes can you put on this poor girl?

So now the parasite known as Scott Pilgrim has Ramona for a host. His band is splitting up and he just can't catch a break. Aw.

His stalker high school ex girlfriend fights Ramona in a girls bathroom. Are you sure O'Malley isn't 17 years old?

And the end reveals that Ramona has left Scott (YAY) to go back to her ex, Gideon, to set up the final book.

Nicolo Yu
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The penultimate volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim ends on a sad note. Scott will undoubtedly sink to his nadir in the next volume. He's all alone now, his oldest friend, Kim has just left him, and so does Ramona, crawling back to Gideon it seems. But it will be Kim whose loss will hit him the hardest. His greatest fear is realized.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Scott Pilgrim and I finished this book in a day!!!!!!!!
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Bryan Lee O'Malley is a Canadian cartoonist. His first original graphic novel was Lost at Sea (2003), and he is best-known for the six-volume Scott Pilgrim series (2004 to 2010). All of his Scott Pilgrim graphic novels were published by Portland, Oregon-based Oni Press. In July 2014 his graphic novel Seconds was released by Ballantine Books. He is also a songwriter and musician (as Kupek and forme ...more

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“You stole him with your advanced American slut technology! You're not nice!” 13 likes
“We have a mutual friend, see, and she- Ah, screw it. This is Gideon. When would it be convenient for you to die?” 6 likes
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