Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Review)

Book cover for "Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour" by Bryan Lee O'Malley.Title: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 248

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel

Source: Purchased from Chapters

From the cover:

It’s finally here! Six years and almost 1000 pages have all led to this epic finale! With six of Ramona’s seven evil exes dispatched, it should be time for Scott Pilgrim to face Gideon Graves, the biggest and baddest of her former beaus. But didn’t Ramona take off at the end of Book 5? Shouldn’t that let Scott off the hook? Maybe it should, maybe it shouldn’t, but one thing is for certain all of this has been building to Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour! The sixth and final volume to indie comics’ most influential series in the last decade! Soon to be a major motion picture coming in August 2010 directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera.

(This is the sixth and final book in the Scott Pilgrim series, after Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little LifeScott Pilgrim vs. The WorldScott Pilgrim & The Infinite SadnessScott Pilgrim Gets It Together, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe.)

This was probably my favourite volume of the series, and I’m glad that I made it through to the end.

Illustrating the name of the volume, this really was Scott’s finest hour, even though it didn’t start out that way. Now that Ramona has left him and he’s living on his own, Scott finally has to deal with “real life” things and not just fighting off Ramona’s exes. He tries to avoid this by sleeping all day and playing video games, but there are key plot elements that force him to act like more of an adult – like going up north to visit Kim, his friends trying to get him to move on with his life, etc. I also really liked how the other characters started to grow up a bit, too: Kim, Ramona, and Stephen are just a few of the characters that get fleshed out a bit more in this volume. The ending of the series was kind of nice, too, since it was a little more open-ended than most graphic novels tend to be, and more realistic.

All in all, I didn’t love the Scott Pilgrim series as much as I wanted to, but it did definitely get better after the halfway point. The characters grow and mature along the way, though not too much – there’s still that video game-ish feel right through the end. If you’re into manga-style books, I’d say that you should go for it and read this series. Otherwise, though, it’s probably not the top of my list of recommendations.


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