Heads Up! This review contains some things that some people might consider spoilers. You have been warned. So don’t complain to me when you find out that Scott- …See what you made me do? I almost ruined it for you!
So that’s it. I literally just finished Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, the sixth and final chapter in the Scott Pilgrim series. In the lead up to this monumental event, I went back and re-read the earlier volumes through again. On the whole, the final volume does what it’s meant to do; wraps everything up, and finally gets to the point. What it doesn’t do is everything else the earlier volumes did.
Lemme break this down for you: Scott Pilgrim is the story of Scott’s crazy life in the mythical land of Toronto. It’s whacky and full of crazy hijinks, etc. But the reason it works so well is that it’s all grounded in a strange kind of psuedo-reality. For every nonsensical piece of nonsense, there’s what appears to be true stories holding up the silliness. One way of illustrating this was by using actual locations in and around Toronto. This gives the world of Scott Pilgrim a deep sense of reality, so when evil exes start exploding into coins, we can just let it go, because it’s awesome.
Allow me to get to the point now. The first five volumes are chock-full of this sort of thing, but the final volume seems to be lacking in this department. Like most finales, I think this volume suffers from wanting to deliver what the audience is expecting. To be quite honest, the majority of this book is the face-off between Scott and Gideon, and Ramona’s appearance is very Deus Ex Machina. There just wasn’t a whole heck of a lot going on here. In truth, I was underwhelmed. Maybe I built it up too much in my head, or maybe the series’ creator, Brian Lee O’Malley just wanted to get it all finished already. Either way, it seems rushed. I mean, I read it in like an hour, guys.
Of course, I say all that to just turn right around and tell you that you should read it. It is the end, and it is indeed an ending. Everything is dealt with. Our heroes and their companions have all had their stories wrapped up in neat little bows. There’s even a kind of epilogue to let you know that some other stuff turned out pretty ok, too. All in all, hearts and kittens for everyone.
Actually, there is one thing that I need to say about this volume that actually surprised me, and that’s how great the art was. Don’t get me wrong, the art has been really strong all the way through, but this volume really took it to the next level, and I’m excited to see what O’Malley has planned next, as I’m keen to see more of his art.
So there you go. A critical, yet praising review of Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour. Go read it, and then see the awesome movie when it comes out in theatres, yo. I’m gonna. I’ll save you a seat!