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It's finally here! Six years and almost one-thousand 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 It's finally here! Six years and almost one-thousand 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!


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It's finally here! Six years and almost one-thousand 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 It's finally here! Six years and almost one-thousand 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!

30 review for Scott Pilgrim, Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    4.5/5 What a satisfying ending to this series! The last fight was amazing and I love both the message that it sends and the character development (especially Knives's). Definitely recommend this series if you're just getting into graphic novels like me!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Final Level! This is the sixth and final book (in a series of six) of “Scott Pilgrim” saga. Creative Team: Creator, writer and illustrator: Bryan Lee O’Malley PILGRIM’S PATH COMES TO AN END I don’t think I’m ready to be a grown-up. I don’t think you are either, buddy. But hey, you’ll get it. It just takes practice. This final book was… AWESOME!!! Even I think that the art was even better (the artwork along the series was always good) but I don’t know it’s like the inking is better, th Final Level! This is the sixth and final book (in a series of six) of “Scott Pilgrim” saga. Creative Team: Creator, writer and illustrator: Bryan Lee O’Malley PILGRIM’S PATH COMES TO AN END I don’t think I’m ready to be a grown-up. I don’t think you are either, buddy. But hey, you’ll get it. It just takes practice. This final book was… AWESOME!!! Even I think that the art was even better (the artwork along the series was always good) but I don’t know it’s like the inking is better, the use of shadowing is better, the backgrounds are better, even the nights are better!!! You can’t be mistaken! Scott Pilgrim’s saga comes to an end and it’s with a bang! Scott Pilgrim’s life reached low in absurd levels, his band (Sex Bob-Omb) broke up, he has been jumping from place to place, he lost his job, and… …Ramona Flowers disappeared (literally!!!). Knives Chau is finally 18 years old, and almost no longer a high schooler, and almost free of her infatuation for Scott… almost… but plenty enough. Envy Adams is back in town, due the harsh rupture of Clash at Demonhead’s band, she is now a solo singer and about to present her first solo album and guess what? Yep. She’ll do it in a new club owned by Gideon (see the second section of this review). Kim Pine is out of town, got back to her parents’ home and trying to find herself. Young Neil isn’t that young anymore, and that’s it about his participation. Thanks for asking. Stephen Stills formed a new band! (and no, Scott isn’t on it!) Julie Powers (I didn’t mention her before in the saga’s reviews) never did something relevant in the whole story (that’s why I never mentioned her before), she was the original and best, mean bitch queen alright, but hardly that qualifies her to be a character that it was always mentioned in the main cast of the saga. Stacey Pilgrim was never pushed to her real potential as character, it’s not like she does something really relevant in the movie, but still, I was expecting more about Stacey, since definitely she had a lot of potential as character. Wallace is still Scott’s conscience, and along with Kim, they are responsible to help Scott to find his path again… …but you’ll have to read the book to find out the rest, folks! But trust me… …it’s awesome! THE LEAGUE: SEVENTH ROUND – FINAL BOSS I don’t even want to fight you! The secondary characters made me do it! She’s gone, okay?! That makes you the newest member of the league, doesn’t it? The league of evil ex-boyfriends? Join me, Scott, and I will complete your training! Together we can rule Ramona’s future love life! Gideon Gordon Graves, millionaire, professional asshole, vicious mastermind, he likes to control what his women should wear, say, think and even when they should stay (literally) frozen meanwhile he’s busy, the very embodiment of everything that’s evil in Scott Pilgrim’s world, final boss and intellectual founder & financial supporter of the League of Evil Ex-Boyfriends! Honestly, if you think that movie version of Gideon was bad (in the evil sense, duh!)... ...you still have to see the original book version of Gideon! GEEZ FRAKKIN’ DARN!!! Scott V. Gideon: the Dawn of Lunacy… …this is the fight that you were waiting for five books, and certainly the waiting paid off, since is definitely an awesome final duel, with several surprising twists and shocks… …even stuff that we already embraced as normal or didn’t pay attention, you’ll realize that they shouldn’t being normal or that you should paid attention, but… …that’s the appealing of Scott Pilgrim’s saga! Oh! And… …The final update on my hunch (see reviews of books 3, 4 & 5)… …well, the hunch didn’t pay off. Bummer. I mean, there was something about this secondary (almost tertiary) character in relation with a relevant secondary (almost primary) character, but pleeeeease! What resulted was sooooo obvious that I saw it coming since the third book. It wasn’t even a shock. My hunch was expecting something else, something related to the main story, some kind of surprising plot twist, but nope. Oh, and I won’t say who that character was, since I guess if you ever read the story, you’ll know about who I was speaking about. But don’t get distracted with this darn hunch that didn’t reach anywhere! Scott Pilgrim’s saga is fun, entertaining, clever, and if you can deal with all its wackiness, you’ll have a wonderful thrillin' ride while reading it!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Vincent

    10 Life Changing Lessons To Learn from Scott Pilgirm Series. 1. I'm pretty sure Ramona Flowers is related to Nymphadora Tonks. 2. Inventors needs to invent Subspace Highways. SOON. 3. Never ever date a chick with 7 evil ex-boyfriends. 4. But if she's so damn hot, just prepare your katana. 3. Lightsabers are out. Power of Love and Power of Understanding are in. 6. Sparkling bodies are lame. Glowing heads are epic. 7. Life isn't a matter of milestones, nor of moments but of XP's!!! 8. If your life had a f 10 Life Changing Lessons To Learn from Scott Pilgirm Series. 1. I'm pretty sure Ramona Flowers is related to Nymphadora Tonks. 2. Inventors needs to invent Subspace Highways. SOON. 3. Never ever date a chick with 7 evil ex-boyfriends. 4. But if she's so damn hot, just prepare your katana. 3. Lightsabers are out. Power of Love and Power of Understanding are in. 6. Sparkling bodies are lame. Glowing heads are epic. 7. Life isn't a matter of milestones, nor of moments but of XP's!!! 8. If your life had a face, I'll punch it in the balls! 9. Childish guys like *coughsMEcoughs* Scott Pilgrim are EPIC! 10. August 13 seems like a very distant date. So.Not.Fair!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    Ok, so there is some cool stuff here: closure on Kim, Envy and Knives and of course walking off with Ramona (duh, like we didn't know that was gonna happen). The battle with Gideon wasn't bad and the new band? Eh, I preferred Sex Bom-ombs or whatever it was called. Didn't see the point of that story arc I guess. Overall, I give the Pilgrim series a 3.5 rounded up to 4. I am an old far so it was probably more of a 4.5 for the targeted Millennial audience. I am not completely out of it so I could a Ok, so there is some cool stuff here: closure on Kim, Envy and Knives and of course walking off with Ramona (duh, like we didn't know that was gonna happen). The battle with Gideon wasn't bad and the new band? Eh, I preferred Sex Bom-ombs or whatever it was called. Didn't see the point of that story arc I guess. Overall, I give the Pilgrim series a 3.5 rounded up to 4. I am an old far so it was probably more of a 4.5 for the targeted Millennial audience. I am not completely out of it so I could appreciate the +50 XP references and all and the art is great. Just, I found the story confusing at points and sloppy in others but there were still enough surprises and the 6+ battles to look forward to. Guess I gotta see the movie now!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sridhar Reddy

    1.5 stars. In the previous volumes of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim epic, there had been a buildup to a metaphysical / existential conclusion. Characters were floating in and out of a reality that was peppered with video game physics and razor-sharp wit, and it seemed natural that the final volume would be a collision of parallel worlds. The finale, however, seems to play into a chaos-driven philosophy in explaining its logic. What seems to be intended as a post-modern foray into love, redem 1.5 stars. In the previous volumes of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim epic, there had been a buildup to a metaphysical / existential conclusion. Characters were floating in and out of a reality that was peppered with video game physics and razor-sharp wit, and it seemed natural that the final volume would be a collision of parallel worlds. The finale, however, seems to play into a chaos-driven philosophy in explaining its logic. What seems to be intended as a post-modern foray into love, redemption and comeuppance instead reads as disjointed and completely random. Gone too is the humor and affection of the main characters and supporting cast, as they seem to embody the roles of stand-ins to provide obtuse and at times unfunny humor. There is random, uncharacteristically blunt talk of sex and nihilism, which in O'Malley's world can indeed be funny, but for some inexplicable reason in the book, the dialogue comes off as unlikable and off-putting. Although the book took some time to come out, it feels rushed and incomplete, and sadly, it feels completely flat. O'Malley, who previously wrote, drew and lettered the series himself, has taken on two more artists for this volume, and the book very much feels out of O'Malley's talented hands. It is shockingly inconsistent with the other books, and that leads to a tremendous letdown and a flat ending to one of the most enjoyable graphic novels of the decade. A major, major disappointment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Reading Scott Pilgrim series Enjoyment +3 Free time -1 Satisfaction +2 Reading challenge +6 ( can go to +8 with the two short stories ) Social life -2 ( worth it ) Now, this last volume it’s very different from all the others and is a roller coaster. You go from this image: to this image: Everyone have their own way of dealing with problems, but no matter what you do you can’t run forever. Here we have Ramona and Scott two people that so far were avoided their past mistakes. Now they both decide it’s ti Reading Scott Pilgrim series Enjoyment +3 Free time -1 Satisfaction +2 Reading challenge +6 ( can go to +8 with the two short stories ) Social life -2 ( worth it ) Now, this last volume it’s very different from all the others and is a roller coaster. You go from this image: to this image: Everyone have their own way of dealing with problems, but no matter what you do you can’t run forever. Here we have Ramona and Scott two people that so far were avoided their past mistakes. Now they both decide it’s time to face the truth. Besides their own problematic self they have another problem GIDEON!! Blaaahh I hate that guy. He is Ramona’s last evil ex-boyfriend and of course the most powerful ( there is a reason for that ). About the entire series. The writing is great, it’s real life problems presented in the most awesome way possible. The lead characters are evolve though the story and they really loveable. The support characters are one of the best things in the entire series. I can’t imagine how this would be without Kim , Wallace, Knives etc. Every good hero needs a good villain and here Scott find him ( I’m talking about Gideon ). And when you I finished it I was like image: Which is exactly what I was looking for. So 5/5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    Scott Pilgrim vs the movie. Throughout the series I wasn't sure do I like movie or comic better.After I finished it I decided I like comic a lot more and that is saying something since I loved the movie. Movie is like a compilation of most awesome Scott Pilgrim moments.Some events and dialogues where altered and some cut out but it's same kind of meta humor with lot of pop culture and gaming references. I find comic better because there is lot more to it.Comic takes place over a course of a year an Scott Pilgrim vs the movie. Throughout the series I wasn't sure do I like movie or comic better.After I finished it I decided I like comic a lot more and that is saying something since I loved the movie. Movie is like a compilation of most awesome Scott Pilgrim moments.Some events and dialogues where altered and some cut out but it's same kind of meta humor with lot of pop culture and gaming references. I find comic better because there is lot more to it.Comic takes place over a course of a year and it has lot more events, lot more back story and character development.We see growth of almost every major character, they change and so does their relationships. Where I like movie more are the visuals.I didn't hate comics illustration's like I did in Seconds (Graphic novel by the same author with same kind of illustrations) but I'm not fan of jRPG/manga-like style and I heavily prefer visual style of the movie. At the end I think it's obvious I liked comic more but if you are not sure what you are getting into I would recommend watching movie first.Scott Pilgrim is peculiar beast and it's something you either love or hate with a passion and movie takes less time committed than 6 volumes of comic book and if you liked the movies than this is must read. For the end one of my favorite quotes from this volume and series in general: Scott:"This can't be the same, can they?" Ramona:"Dude... Things never were the same. Change is... It's what we get".

  8. 5 out of 5

    Herbie

    What an absolutely crackin' ending 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. Finally writing this review! I think Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour is a pretty good conclusion to the series. After the events of the last volume Scott hit rock bottom and his state was not much better at the beginning of this volume, not to mention that he was a total creep, especially with Knives. The other thing, which I thought was cool, was the fact that things with Envy were resolved, as she was maybe the only villain/anti-hero that concluded their Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. Finally writing this review! I think Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour is a pretty good conclusion to the series. After the events of the last volume Scott hit rock bottom and his state was not much better at the beginning of this volume, not to mention that he was a total creep, especially with Knives. The other thing, which I thought was cool, was the fact that things with Envy were resolved, as she was maybe the only villain/anti-hero that concluded their story-arch in an amicable way with the heroes. I was also impressed how the narrative slightly changed. Up until this volume everything around Scott was described more or less the way HE sees it, but here we were able to see that Scott is maybe not the most reliable narrator after all. Which made me like Envy more than I expected! This takes me to the battle of the two Scott's. Even though this book is mostly fun, I can't not see how there are some pretty accurate descriptions of emotional states, which through the magic of comic books are instead made into reality. In this case I am referring to the fact that Scott had such a strong inner battle for staying sane and not be overcome by sadness/depression/etc. that it actually manifested and it was the power of love and hope that helped Scott defeat it. The point of the volume, the showdown with Gideon, was a little underwhelming, simply because he was described as too formidable an enemy in all previous volumes. However, I loved the story with the cat, especially the one panel where Scott cuddled the cat! Another thing that I appreciated is how they went back to Scott winning a life in one of the previous volumes, as at the time I read it, I was really hoping it would not be forgotten later on. Overall, this has been a great series and I am glad I read it! Thanks to my comic book guru, Mateusz, for recommending it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.G. Keely

    Hey, that was pretty good; much better than the rest, in any case. The new artists definitely helped. It's funny, but in all the reviews, no one ever mentions that Pilgrim hired Kantz and Ancheta, but then again, it's not like they get billing on the cover, which is a pretty disingenuous move by O'Malley: he brings in some talented artists and he gets all the credit. I'm surprised that more people didn't recognize the change right away, there was a bigger art shift from vol 5 to 6 than from vol 1 Hey, that was pretty good; much better than the rest, in any case. The new artists definitely helped. It's funny, but in all the reviews, no one ever mentions that Pilgrim hired Kantz and Ancheta, but then again, it's not like they get billing on the cover, which is a pretty disingenuous move by O'Malley: he brings in some talented artists and he gets all the credit. I'm surprised that more people didn't recognize the change right away, there was a bigger art shift from vol 5 to 6 than from vol 1-5. You go from sketchy, loose buildings to CG-aided perfect perspective. As for the story, we didn't need over a thousand pages to get here, there were only about three volumes worth of story. It also would have been better with some stronger structure and development that drove toward this conclusion. O'Malley did a lot of foreshadowing, but that isn't the same as actually exploring how events came about or what they meant. Apparently, O'Malley saved anything unexpected or introspective for the final volume, which I'm not sure was the best pacing decision, but at least we get one good book out of it. My webcomic analogy stands: first 90% is confused, dull, melodramatic, and painfully autobiographical, last ten percent is kinda fun and quirky. I'm rather glad I kept with it, despite it being dull and oddly homophobic. I probably would have enjoyed back issues of 2000AD more, but enjoyment is not the primary goal; sometimes you read stuff you don't love to try to push your boundaries. And comics are much more forgiving, in that regard. If someone says that Scott Pilgrim gets better at the end, it's only another hour or so of my life, not like with genre fantasy series where, apparently, to determine conclusively whether George R.R. Martin sucks, I have to spend six straight months in a hole flipping bound paper freeweights. So yeah, Scott Pilgrim was okay, a bit dull, melodramatic, insulting, trendy, lolrandumb, homophobic, and messily-structured, but overall okay. Then again, I'm just a sad, out-of-touch old man, so what do I know?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Ahhhh...well that was pretty satisfying, although not quite as satisfying as I would have liked. Considering the huge build-up concerning Gideon, I thought his defeat was pretty anticlimactic :/ Nothing was ever really resolved concerning Kim which was a shame because I honestly think she was the best choice for Scott. There was a bit of closure for Scott and Envy which was nice and Ramona...well Ramona was her usual complex self. She literally disappeared in volume 5 and re-appeared in this one Ahhhh...well that was pretty satisfying, although not quite as satisfying as I would have liked. Considering the huge build-up concerning Gideon, I thought his defeat was pretty anticlimactic :/ Nothing was ever really resolved concerning Kim which was a shame because I honestly think she was the best choice for Scott. There was a bit of closure for Scott and Envy which was nice and Ramona...well Ramona was her usual complex self. She literally disappeared in volume 5 and re-appeared in this one. Luckily, she teamed up with Scott to defeat her evil-ex - now that was satisfying! The whole philosophy behind the league and being inside Gideon's messed-up head could have been tighter and sharper in my opinion but overall it was a pretty decent ending to an incredibly unique series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    3.5ish out of 5 THIS is probably my least favourite of the six volumes which is a bit of a shame but I still enjoyed it so all good. I think I would have liked this a lot more had I not seen the movie before reading these because I spent the whole time comparing the final volume to the movie. Scott really annoyed me in this volume- normally I find him really cute and quirky but this time he was just annoying and selfish. I liked getting more backstory for Ramona and Envy and stuff but it was stil 3.5ish out of 5 THIS is probably my least favourite of the six volumes which is a bit of a shame but I still enjoyed it so all good. I think I would have liked this a lot more had I not seen the movie before reading these because I spent the whole time comparing the final volume to the movie. Scott really annoyed me in this volume- normally I find him really cute and quirky but this time he was just annoying and selfish. I liked getting more backstory for Ramona and Envy and stuff but it was still kind of meh overall. Not the best conclusion to a series ever but still a pretty great series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Malbadeen

    I'm in a meeting and I'm bored so I thought you might like to know that I read this book and I thought it was loads of fun! Why 4 stars and not 5? Because like I said "I'm in a meeting" and meetings make me grumpy..

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    That was a wild ride. The conclusion was epic, Ramona faced her demons, Scott finally got some understanding about how badly he treats women, and everyone gets closure. Drinking game suggestion: Every time Scott suggests having casual sex take a shot of something that burns.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review doesn't so much contain spoilers as consist of them. So. Anyway. I hadn't reviewed any of the previous volumes because I like watching narrative skeins play out. From the end, O'Malley doesn't disappoint me at all. At a certain kind of entertaining, geeky writing about relationships, he's a master, the equal of Moore & Eick or DiMartino and Konietzko. Call it the Higher Fanservice. There is, probably, something to these books other than the sheer pleasure they create in watching relatio This review doesn't so much contain spoilers as consist of them. So. Anyway. I hadn't reviewed any of the previous volumes because I like watching narrative skeins play out. From the end, O'Malley doesn't disappoint me at all. At a certain kind of entertaining, geeky writing about relationships, he's a master, the equal of Moore & Eick or DiMartino and Konietzko. Call it the Higher Fanservice. There is, probably, something to these books other than the sheer pleasure they create in watching relationships play out, but I almost don't care. Geeks need soap operas too. I'm just so happy that Jonathan and Stephen Stills ended up together! That Knives turned out okay! I sort of shipped Kim and Scott, but a case is made, and noted by the characters, that maybe Scott and Ramona actually are perfect for each other. It's not that either is the shining human being Scott has imagined, but that they're both sort of lame, and trying to get better together. Scott's attempts to get his ex-girlfriends back (even Envy!) are pathetic, and realistically cartoonish, and funny and true. Gideon is my favorite Big Bad since volume 3: creepy, gross, and generally awful (cryogenically frozen ex-girlfriends FTL), but still oddly human, except in his own and other people's minds. Scott's Level of Understanding makes so much mid-twenties sense. I sort of love that the League of Evil Exes began as a drunken Craigslist post. My life hasn't been much like Scott Pilgrim's. (Less little? Less precious? And yes, if his life had a face, I'd punch it in the balls.) Yet I knew him and all of his friends on sight. I won't attempt to defend these books as great comic art-- I lack the vocabulary or, really, the taste-- but as a generational touchstone and a pure entertainment, I can ask no more. I can read one of these volumes in half an hour, and do it over and over.

  16. 5 out of 5

    B Schrodinger

    So Scott saves the day and get's back his girl. Ho hum. I just do not get the attraction to this series at all. Am I missing something? Did I not "get it"? By the end of the series Scott is still the same annoying sponge that he started off as, but now he is in love. If the overall arc had him starting in the same position, finding love and fixing up his life a little more it would have been more readable. He did not mature at all throughout the series. Even though I did not have to pay for these, So Scott saves the day and get's back his girl. Ho hum. I just do not get the attraction to this series at all. Am I missing something? Did I not "get it"? By the end of the series Scott is still the same annoying sponge that he started off as, but now he is in love. If the overall arc had him starting in the same position, finding love and fixing up his life a little more it would have been more readable. He did not mature at all throughout the series. Even though I did not have to pay for these, and I did want to see what all the fuss was about, I still cannot say for certain if the whole exercise of reading the series was a waste of my time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    A crazy fun end to a crazy series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    Well... that was nice or whatever? The author did sort of explain why Scott was such a forgetful bitch and what subspace high-ways were. I guess I'm too dumb to understand such complex stuff. The comic books had the funniest illustrations but the actual story got sketchier and sketchier. This last one is my least favorite, the first one is my most favorite. However, I loved how bloody things got in this and the memory cam bits were hysterical. The final battle was as big as it should have been, th Well... that was nice or whatever? The author did sort of explain why Scott was such a forgetful bitch and what subspace high-ways were. I guess I'm too dumb to understand such complex stuff. The comic books had the funniest illustrations but the actual story got sketchier and sketchier. This last one is my least favorite, the first one is my most favorite. However, I loved how bloody things got in this and the memory cam bits were hysterical. The final battle was as big as it should have been, though the mind-controlling part was confusing. Sigh. Kim deserved sooooo much better, she knocked sense into Scott a hundred times and was funny besides. I don't get why Ramona was so special, by all accounts, it should have been Kim. I also loved Wallace. It's hard not to love Wallace. There is probably more I should think over and add but I don't want to and stuff. But I think I made the right choice, reading this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Oh, I am definitely at the minority here. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour is my least favorite volume in the series. Before I get to this particular volume, let me say first that the whole Scott Pilgrim series is a very worthwhile read. There is nothing that is near it. The mashup of Japanese with western pop culture makes it unique. Bryan Lee O'Malley has definitely crafted a classic. The whole series is a four stars for me. Now back with the final volume. The best I can say is that it is a fitting c Oh, I am definitely at the minority here. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour is my least favorite volume in the series. Before I get to this particular volume, let me say first that the whole Scott Pilgrim series is a very worthwhile read. There is nothing that is near it. The mashup of Japanese with western pop culture makes it unique. Bryan Lee O'Malley has definitely crafted a classic. The whole series is a four stars for me. Now back with the final volume. The best I can say is that it is a fitting conclusion to this crazy story. If there's one word that summarizes this particular book, it is maturity. But you see, that is my problem with volume six. This maturity theme takes so much fun away from the story. Everyone (except for Scott) sort of changed and moved on. The thing is, I just wanted a silly book about juveniles with all those hilarious pop culture references in music and gaming, getting crazy and lousy with love or perhaps their perception of it. I wasn't ready for the unexpected serious undertones. The buildup towards the Gideon fight was full of exposition and self-realization, and I cringed reading those pages (that Nega Scott thing, the sabbatical wilderness stuff and the cryo-frozen fan-service anime girls Gideon has been collecting). The Saiyan Gideon inside Ramona's mind, treating her like some BDSM material gave me very uncomfortable sensations. It is just waaaay off. So to summarize what I have written so far: it is not that I hate this maturity thing in the final volume, it is just I do not want it in this material. Scott Pilgrim for me is meant to be an unadulterated guilty-pleasure graphic literature, free from preaching and the horrors of understanding what it is to be adults. The biggest contradiction though is Scott Pilgrim getting on with Ramona Flowers! If Scott truly understood maturity, he would not have chosen Ramona IMHO. Hell, he could have been with Knives or Lisa, or even Kim! I guess it is the power of Backstreet Boys' "As Long as You Love Me" perception of love which prevailed, eh? So again, let me be clear, the narration is solid, I just don't like how it turned out to be. There were no disjointed panels like the ones I have mentioned in the previous volumes. Artwork is inconsistent in some pages, but this is a nitpick so it is not a big issue. Thus the two stars is more of a personal preference/rant and not a score from a technical standpoint.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The final book in the excellent Scott Pilgrim series winds up a storyline you probably had seen coming from Book 1 – Scott defeats the final Evil-Ex (or the Boss of the final level) and gets the girl. There’re spades of anime-style fighting, lots of video game references, and Gideon is as villainous as any villain should be. But despite its predictability, it’s too damn likeable, funny, and entertaining to ever make me feel I was reading something derivative or tired. Scott’s too damn charming a The final book in the excellent Scott Pilgrim series winds up a storyline you probably had seen coming from Book 1 – Scott defeats the final Evil-Ex (or the Boss of the final level) and gets the girl. There’re spades of anime-style fighting, lots of video game references, and Gideon is as villainous as any villain should be. But despite its predictability, it’s too damn likeable, funny, and entertaining to ever make me feel I was reading something derivative or tired. Scott’s too damn charming and his entire strange quest is too much fun to read, it’s impossible to put the book down once you’ve started reading and is equally impossible to dislike in any way shape or form. The final book in the series lives up to the excellent premise and originality it offered throughout, the story ends satisfactorily, and rather than feeling content, I wanted to read more. So yeah, a pretty damn perfect ending to a pretty damn amazing comic book series. Finest Hour indeed Scott – play again?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    My Scott Pilgrim reread ends with the sixth volume. O'Malley concludes his epic the way one completes a video game: a final boss battle. That, and life lessons that Pilgrim has to learn before his ultimate encounter with Gideon, Ramona's final evil ex. The entire Scott Pilgrim series has been a great ride. I still remember when I read it first a few years ago, it was a rollicking read, just it is now. It also helped restore my real image of the Scott Pilgrim, which lately has been influenced by t My Scott Pilgrim reread ends with the sixth volume. O'Malley concludes his epic the way one completes a video game: a final boss battle. That, and life lessons that Pilgrim has to learn before his ultimate encounter with Gideon, Ramona's final evil ex. The entire Scott Pilgrim series has been a great ride. I still remember when I read it first a few years ago, it was a rollicking read, just it is now. It also helped restore my real image of the Scott Pilgrim, which lately has been influenced by the Edgar Wright movie. Both are great on their own merits and one can enjoy both as separate stories. If you're into comic books and graphic novels, you should make it a point to read Scott Pilgrim.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    Maybe it's me. I should LOVE Scott Pilgrim. It's tailored to my demographic. I get all the references. It should be like my favorite Saturday morning cartoon grew up right alongside me and we can keep being awesome together forever. That's what should happen, but O'Malley just can't stop crossing that line between 'clever' and 'precious', and there are just too many musicians for my taste. So I guess Scott Pilgrim is like your favorite Saturday morning cartoon who you lost touch with, and then yo Maybe it's me. I should LOVE Scott Pilgrim. It's tailored to my demographic. I get all the references. It should be like my favorite Saturday morning cartoon grew up right alongside me and we can keep being awesome together forever. That's what should happen, but O'Malley just can't stop crossing that line between 'clever' and 'precious', and there are just too many musicians for my taste. So I guess Scott Pilgrim is like your favorite Saturday morning cartoon who you lost touch with, and then you bump into each other at Tim Horton's twenty years later, but he's got frosted tips and is reading Tucker Max's book and it's real awkward.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karlé

    Freaking best ending ever!! Hahahahaha love it love it love it so much. Especially when you've lost all hope for all your fave characters, Bryan Lee O'Malley just slaps you in the face with all that action love and omfg kick-ass kicking! Wallace and Stephen are so adorable. And Knives, and Scott and Ramona and every one of em. Scott Pilgrim is one of the best comic franchise out there and if you haven't read even one of the 6 books dude you're lost. It's a great escape from the real world! And don Freaking best ending ever!! Hahahahaha love it love it love it so much. Especially when you've lost all hope for all your fave characters, Bryan Lee O'Malley just slaps you in the face with all that action love and omfg kick-ass kicking! Wallace and Stephen are so adorable. And Knives, and Scott and Ramona and every one of em. Scott Pilgrim is one of the best comic franchise out there and if you haven't read even one of the 6 books dude you're lost. It's a great escape from the real world! And don't be afraid to step in Scott's world. Cause you wouldn't want your bread make you any fatter.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Al-Thani

    The final book in the Scott pilgrim series and it was AMAZING! The final fight was EPIC! Bryan lee o'malley does it again and delivers and an epic volume. The artwork was BRILLIANT , the characters were FANTASTIC and full of HUMOR. But I felt that the plot was kind of rushed and I wish the Bryan would've taken a bit more time to explain what was happening. But overall I LOVED this volume so much and I thought it was AMAZING! I'm literally going to miss this series so much and it will have always The final book in the Scott pilgrim series and it was AMAZING! The final fight was EPIC! Bryan lee o'malley does it again and delivers and an epic volume. The artwork was BRILLIANT , the characters were FANTASTIC and full of HUMOR. But I felt that the plot was kind of rushed and I wish the Bryan would've taken a bit more time to explain what was happening. But overall I LOVED this volume so much and I thought it was AMAZING! I'm literally going to miss this series so much and it will have always always always have a special place in my heart. So Scott I think is it. Goodbye.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amrita

    Okaaaay. I took some time getting warmed up to what happened towards the end cause it got a bit confusing (for me?) But anyway, 4 stars for this and the whole series. And 5 amazing stars to all the characters in the book

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I don't even like graphic novels, but these are amazing. They make me happy for some reason.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was so great! Now to watch the movie again!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Four stars? Really? Maybe sometime later I'll settle Mr. Pilgrim's grand finale back down to a respectable three, but let me take a moment to defend the high praise: yes the Scott Pilgrim series is cute, hip, trendy, and full of the video game and bubblegum humor that my generation loves and may not weather well after a few decades. But there are things going on in these little books that cut deeper and glow brighter than all the the Double Dragon Meets Garden State glitter -- secret undercurren Four stars? Really? Maybe sometime later I'll settle Mr. Pilgrim's grand finale back down to a respectable three, but let me take a moment to defend the high praise: yes the Scott Pilgrim series is cute, hip, trendy, and full of the video game and bubblegum humor that my generation loves and may not weather well after a few decades. But there are things going on in these little books that cut deeper and glow brighter than all the the Double Dragon Meets Garden State glitter -- secret undercurrents similar to those in Amelie and Eternal Sunshine and the other entries from recent time that are haunted by truer and more timeless spirits. I guess what I'm trying to say is, these books say real things about people and their heads and their relationships. They things that are a little more interesting and profound than the pat phrases of a pop song (even a good pop song by a clever indie band), and Mr. O'Malley deserves to be called out for achieving that. Not to say I wasn't charmed by the old-skool video game references, or the awesomely casual, clever way the author jabs a finger through the fourth wall (case in point: "False alarm mom. I told you Scott got a 1-Up in Volume 3."). The edges of every scene are filled with little jokes and asides, and every drawn "extra" is another individual 20-something, going somewhere, doing their own thing. He does smart things visually and smart things textually. Unless you're a hermit, you've seen trailers for the film (which I haven't seen yet!) and you know the framework is that Scott must battle the seven evil exes of Ramona Powers to properly win her. Yes, that's the framework of each book, but it's hardly what makes them wonderful. So much and so many characters twine around the ridiculous videogame metaphor (including its regular deconstruction) that if the plots the thread, it's hardly the fabric of the series. And the fabric: well, it's an honest portrait, one foot in and one foot outside of, being a middle class slightly hip north american living through one's twenties. And in the threads of that fabric, like I said, some gritty, no-punches-pulled portrayal of people trying to deal with other people and lying to themselves and telling the truth when they didn't mean to and having revelations in the odd moments and relapses when it's least convenient and stumbling and flying and trying too hard. The stuff of literature under the hood of faux-manga. As a side note, Pilgrim also wins contemporary feminist props: the heroines are pretty but not stupidly sexualized. There's sex but no nudity in a way that's weirdly... photorealistic. Gay men and are awesome or bitchy per individual (but where are the lesbians at?!). Girls and boys wear underpants and nobody (the book included) is too upset if they're flashed in the normal course of jumping into a subspace bypass. And again, to conclude -- why four stars? Because Joss Whedon says so on the back of Volume No. 6, and how the hell could he be lying to us?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Posted on my book blog. The sixth and final installment of the Scott Pilgrim story feels quite a bit different from the rest of the volumes, in terms of the artwork, pacing, dialogues, and just the overall ambiance. It's not that it's bad - it just feels rather strange and a bit rushed. Still, it's a great ending for a great series. It's a rather bittersweet coming of age for the all these 20-somethings, and a very honest, believable one at that. We get closure on most of the characters and relati Posted on my book blog. The sixth and final installment of the Scott Pilgrim story feels quite a bit different from the rest of the volumes, in terms of the artwork, pacing, dialogues, and just the overall ambiance. It's not that it's bad - it just feels rather strange and a bit rushed. Still, it's a great ending for a great series. It's a rather bittersweet coming of age for the all these 20-somethings, and a very honest, believable one at that. We get closure on most of the characters and relationships. Granted, a few of them don't make a lot of sense, and there are a few motivations and situations that don't really get an explanation (cryogenically frozen girlfriends?), and Gideon's character wasn't as evil or douchy as I thought he would be, but still, I liked how everyone understood things a bit better, even if they didn't exactly change. Sorry for being cryptic, but I don't want to spoil all the surprises. :) I loved the cat, and the memory cams. Also, some of the dialogues were spot on. A few examples: - I don't think I'm ready to be a grown-up. - I don't think you are either, buddy. But hey, you'll get it. It just takes practice. - You know, you're right. Part of me does still belong to you. But the other parts of me... Are finished with you! I wholeheartedly recommend this series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    MacK

    This is a tale of two readings: The first time I read through Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour I went: "uhhh...really?" Underwhelmed, was an under statement. After building up potential conclusions for a year in my own mind, after imagining and re-imagining the deeper meanings O'Malley explored in this post-pop-modern-culture saga of romance and generational angst, I felt let down. Then I realized: "oh...I was expecting WAY too much from a fun comic book series". And so in my second, third This is a tale of two readings: The first time I read through Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour I went: "uhhh...really?" Underwhelmed, was an under statement. After building up potential conclusions for a year in my own mind, after imagining and re-imagining the deeper meanings O'Malley explored in this post-pop-modern-culture saga of romance and generational angst, I felt let down. Then I realized: "oh...I was expecting WAY too much from a fun comic book series". And so in my second, third and fourth readings I've found that there's a lot to love in this edition of the Scott Pilgrim chronicles. I will still complain that the breakneck pacing of the action coupled with minimalist explanations of sticky subjects (why heads glow, and the like) seem to contradict each other, forcing readers to gloss over quiet points of order and leaving big puffy question marks floating above our collective heads. But that's the thing with books, there's no law that says you can only read them once, and rereading it again and again you can vanish the question marks. Slowly (the only way to read this book) you come to appreciate that O'Malley wrote an unflinchingly honest portrayal of youth--foolish, romantic, selfish, heroic, slovenly, loyal. That brazen truthfulness serves O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim and all the readers well.

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