Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

Jumping on the bandwagon of the rest of the “cool kids” of the world, I sat down in 3 weeks and read all six volumes of Scott Pilgrim.

Here are my ratings of volumes 1-5:

So, I was kind of in a downer mood when I jumped into volume 6 because I wasn’t the biggest fan of volume 5. Nonetheless, Brian Lee O’Malley managed to keep me reading to the point where I couldn’t stop reading from cover to cover.

More fun and spoilers after the break.I have to wonder how Mr. O’Malley is feeling right now. A movie, an animated series, and praise from nearly everyone over this whole series. He’s gotta be rolling in the dough.

But I digress.

The one thing I can say about this series is best said by my buddy Brian: “Scott Pilgrim is that right amount of nerd to where people like us can appreciate it, but it doesn’t alienate the commonfolk.” And that’s just what this volume 6 is all about. Scott gaining levels, experience, grabbing 1-Ups, all scattered through the pages creating comedy in a pseudo-dramatic world.

One of the finer moments of Scott Pilgrim volume 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

One of the finer moments of the comic

This book seemed to be a continuation of the fifth volume where things just kind of happen for no reason, and it manages to be relevant plot. It’s a strange thing. Characters mingle in and out of the pages and story for a while. It’s strangely metaphoric for Scott’s state of mind and how he is living his life. I’m not sure if that was intentional, but, like I said, it seems like a continuation of the previous volume and I really wasn’t a big fan of it.

Once you get into the thick of the story, Scott finally manages to get back into living life and everything kind of goes apeshit. A slew of relationships crop up in Scott’s world: Envy shows up again, things with Kim end up in a funky place (though, that kind of happened in the last book, too), Knives is continues to be Knives, and Stephen Stills is gay.

The one thing I didn’t like about this GN was the sudden crazy evil Scott moment. Talking to Kim, he just kind of bursts into this fight with himself and it was just too… out there. Not to say I’m not one for metaphorical character development, but this was just goofy. I guess the real complaint here is that “shit got real” and for me, this comic isn’t a real story; it’s campy and fun.

For the most part, this volume was pretty well done. The ending was something I could deal with–though I thought for a moment he was going to end up with Kim–and the big, final battle with Gideon was just great. It had my gut wrenching when Scott was getting beat and had me cheering when he started kicking ass. I can point my reasoning for feeling this way on Gideon’s unbelievably evil ways. He truly was evil. It wasn’t campy, he was a villain, not a bad guy. It was a great twist on the whole “evil exes” idea in this series.

The art, as expected, was great and terrible. Everything is simple and fun when it’s 1-2 characters in a panel, but as soon as O’Malley adds in 4, 5, or 6 characters I almost get lost. Not to say his art is horrible, but it can be a bit confusing when there are masses of people given that they’re all drawn very similarly (example: can you tell Young Neil from Scott? I couldn’t for a split second).

Gideon. What A Dick.

Gideon. What A Dick.

Overall though, this series did well. I was interested the whole way through and now have a soft spot for Scott Pilgrim in my heart. Of course, I’d recommend this to any fan of nerdy, cutesy comics and definitely to those who are looking to get into comics.

Rating: 8/10

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