Book Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Graphic Novel) (Series, #6)
Ramona Flowers disappeared,and Scott Pilgrim has spent the last four months of his life wallowing in depression in an apartment his parents paid for playing videogames and avoiding fighting the last evil ex, Gideon. His friends have got on with their lives, and they finally get around to trying to get Scott to face up to his past. Will he fight Gideon? Will he have casual sex with any of his exes? Will Ramona show back up?
I loved this book so much. It’s one of those endings to a series that makes you like the previous entries in the series even more. I’m going to have a hard time writing this review without devolving into a bunch of random squeeing, so please bare with me.
O’Malley successfully ties up all the ends without being too cute. The answer to what the subspace is makes sense and fits in with the story well. It also doesn’t talk down to the reader’s intelligence at all. Similarly, why Scott likes Ramona so much gets answered. Them dating just makes a lot more sense after reading this book.
The action and the gaming and pop culture shout-outs that fans loved in the first five books are still present here. I’m particularly fond of O’Malley’s choice to use 8-bit type drawing to depict characters’ overly idealistic memories of past relationships. All of the other gaming references are still there as well, such as where characters get their weapons from.
O’Malley’s drawing has noticeably improved this time around. My main complaint in previous books of the female characters being hard to tell apart has been addressed. I had no issue telling them apart this time around. Plus, O’Malley still pays attention to background details that make it worth looking closely at the scenes, such as setting one scene in a bookstore that’s going out of business with signs that say “Please Help Oh God” in the background.
I know some people won’t like how little attention is paid to secondary characters in this volume. That didn’t bother me, because I was so caught up in Scott’s storyline, and it is called Scott Pilgrim after all. It’s not like the secondary characters aren’t there. It’s just that their personal storylines get tied up quickly. It didn’t bother me, but it might bother some.
The only thing that bothered me at all was that there is one section of the book where the pages go blank for a bit. I’ve always felt that’s a trite story-telling mechanism, and I don’t like the message it sends. However, I just flipped past them and continued on my way instead of taking the dramatic pause I assume we are supposed to take.
These are really minor flaws when it comes to a series like this. It could have easily fallen apart or failed to tie up the important questions in the end. Instead, O’Malley addresses what is a common issue for a lot of 20-somethings in a creative manner, fleshed out with gaming and pop culture references and humor that makes it entertaining while simultaneously being touching. I highly recommend the entire series to 20-something lovers of graphic novels or older graphic novel enthusiasts who can still relate to what it is to be in your 20s.
5 out of 5 stars
Previous Books in Series:
Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life
Volume 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Volume 3: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness
Volume 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
Volume 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe
Review of first 5 books