“Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour” is the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series, which tells the story of a man-child’s quest to defeat seven evil exes of the girl he loves. But Scott’s sort of been ghosted by Ramona Flowers, but looks like he still has to face her seventh evil ex-boyfriend, Gideon, who is the most villainous of them all.
As with the previous volumes, this edition is chaotic, comical, and outlandish. However, it falls short as a finale, lacking the character development readers might hope for in Scott. He remains a lost and confused 24-year-old who runs away from problems while relying on his kind friends to clean up his mess. Ramon Flowers is pretty much the same, which is why a lot of secondary character keep quipping that the two deserve each other.
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Despite this, the series’ appeal lies in Scott’s relatable flaws and his adventures in a game-like world where he fights and defeats other men. The unrealistic nature of the series, coupled with Scott’s loser personality, makes it an engaging read. I mean, it’s the kind of world, where you could die and come back to live because you earned an “extra life” in a well fought battle. Plus, Scott is the kind of protagonist that will make most readers feel better about their own personalities.
The climactic face-off between Scott and Gideon is a quick, bloody, and bizarre spectacle. Readers are treated to a hilarious reveal of how the league of evil exes was formed, and just how messed up Gideon truly is. The finale is a fitting end to the story that unfolds throughout the series. Despite the characters’ partial confrontations of their issues, they often remain escapists, reflecting the realistic struggles of young adulthood. While I would have liked to see better story arcs for Kim Pine, Wallace, and a few other characters, it’s important to remember that the series is titled “Scott Pilgrim” for a reason – it’s primarily about Scott’s journey. Definitely worth a read if you’re looking for pure mindless entertainment.
It’s a 3.5 on 5 from me. You can also find the comics on Kindle Unlimited.