This is the hilarious first book in the Scott Pilgrim series. The story follows naïve slacker Scott as he bumbles his way through life and his incapability to deal with love and the opposite sex. The real world elements are blended with fantasy on every other page, as we see Scott battle ninjas with mystical powers in order to continue dating Ramona Flowers. The style of drawing can be instantly recognized by anyone who has encountered O’Malley’s work before: rounded figures give the whole series a brevity which is not often seen in graphic novels. The books themselves are rife with humour and an abundance of pop culture references, making them some of the most upbeat comics on the scene.

Harper Collins/paperback/£7.99/9780007340477

Lorna Fleming