The Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Volume 6), Bryan Lee O’Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Volume 6)
by Bryan Lee O’Malley
ISBN: 9781934964385
Oni Press
$12.44

Reviewed by U of T Bookstore Staff, Aleks Wrobel

Scott Pilgrim is 23 years old, is in a band called Sex Bob-omb with his friends Kim Pine and Stephen Stills, and has a rating of ‘awesome’. Scott also must defeat the seven evil exes of the beautiful Ramona Flowers in order to win her heart.

Scott’s story starts in 2004 with Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Volume 1). Readers were introduced to Scott and all the members of his precious life and immediately fell in love with the Canadian loser. Fans couldn’t wait for the next volumes, and the independent comic book artist and writer Bryan Lee O’Malley suddenly became a local celebrity. Even Hollywood took notice and Scott Pilgrim finally met the world on the big screen this summer. Scott Pilgrim vs the World directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera, opened on August 13th and was one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer.

Except for the occasional battle with an evil ex, not much happens to Scott. O’Malley wrote the first Scott Pilgrim book as a joke for his friends, creating characters that were 20-something-year-old stereotypes, and put them in a familiar setting: Toronto. Scott’s sister works at Second Cup, midnight cravings are satisfied at Pizza Pizza and the gang’s favorite hang out is Sneaky Dee’s. Toronto fans immediately recognized the world that O’Malley writes about as their own. However, this world is a nerd’s paradise. Each battle with an ex borrows heavily from the video game format. There are ninjas, robots and a vegan with psychic powers. Scott collects lives, points and tips on how to win the girl.

In Volume 6 Scott has defeated almost all of the evil exes. The only one left is the one that really matters: Gideon Graves. Unfortunately, when we find Scott in Volume 6, he’s lost the will to do anything that doesn’t include moping around his apartment. In Volume 5, Ramona disappeared right before his eyes and no one has seen her in months. It’s difficult to talk about the books without giving too much away and Volume 6 is the most important volume of the series as evidenced by the nearly 2,000 die-hard fans who flooded the street at a local comic book shop’s midnight release party. On all the summer reading lists for 2010, fans will be excited to know that Scott does get off his rear end and confronts his issues, the results of which are ultimately satisfying for the reader. Volume 6 gives us fight scenes that are better than ever and there’s enough relationship drama to keep things interesting. O’Malley knows what his fans want and does a good job of giving it to them. Each Pilgrim book depicts the life of the millennial loser-turned-hero. And everyone needs a good hero, even if he is in a band.

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Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Vol.6)

At midnight on July 19th it truly was Scott Pilgrim’s finest hour.

To celebrate the midnight release of the final Scott Pilgrim book there was a huge party, courtesy of The Beguiling, that unofficially closed down Markham Street in downtown Toronto.  There were bands, video games, a costume contest and the man of the hour – Bryan Lee O’Malley – signing until the wee hours of the morning.

The Scott Pilgrim series began in 2004 with Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life. O’Malley has written 6 amazing comic books and on Monday night unveiled the final volume. Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old with a rating of awesome. In order to win the heart of his girlfriend Ramona he must defeat her 7 evil exes. He’s also in a band.

Not only is Scott awesome, he also lives in Toronto. He and his friends ride the Rocket, hang out at Sneaky Dee’s and perform live at Lee’s Palace. Whether O’Malley likes it or not, Scott Pilgrim has become a Canadian icon.

And next month Scott Pilgrim will meet the world on the big screen played by another Canadian icon, Michael Cera. On August 13th Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (directed by Edgar Wright) will open nationwide to a growing fan base.

But the question remains: will Scott defeat Ramona’s final evil ex? Find out in Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour available in our Graphic Novel/Comic Book section!

*Photography courtesy of Karin Stonehouse. Thank you:)