Not too long ago, Monday actually, I wrote up a little thing about the newest Scott Pilgrim book and my inability to find a copy when I wanted it: Now. Guess what? I found a copy and read it, so I can give a real review for the conclusion to Scott’s precious little saga. Is it worth reading? Here’s what I think.
The first thing to keep in mind with Book 6 (or Volume 6, I don’t really know what best to call it) is that it’ll mean pretty much nothing if you haven’t been reading the series. There are five books to read first (obviously, but you’re all smart people), so jumping in at the conclusion is going to leave you confused and, above all, completely unable to enjoy the ending, whatever it may be.
The whole positive to the series is that while it is six books long, the books aren’t very expensive. I got my copy of Book 6 for $12, and that was only because I was impatient and needed it right this very second. Amazon has copies of each book for much cheaper, meaning you can probably get all six books for under $60, a reasonable price.
I’ve already talked about the series before, so you know what I think there, but what about now? Thankfully, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour is packed with the same sort of random, almost unexplainable panels that will make you smile and possibly laugh out loud. Seriously, I don’t know what the term is to describe them. Meta? Maybe? I’m going with that. It’s as if Scott’s narrating his life upon rewatching it and throwing in the best descriptions possible.
I will say this about the ending though: I’m still a little confused. A lot of strange tying of loose ends takes place, and it can be somewhat jarring to read through. Things happen that seem to just happen because they happen, and a few times I regretted not already owning the previous five volumes so I could look back and understand what the heck was going on. Regardless, the ending is satisfying enough and everything is wrapped up nicely. There’s not a very large chance we’ll be seeing a seventh volume any time soon.
Overall, if you’ve been reading Scott Pilgrim’s Epic Little Story, yeah, you need the final book right now. If you haven’t read the series yet, now is the best time due to having it completed and with a promise of a very cool-looking movie out next month (which Kyle and I will definitely review). And that’s pretty much all there is to say on the matter. Bryan O’Malley created a hell of a series here, and I only hope he continues making stuff like this.
Anyone else read the final chapter? What did you think? Let me know and leave a comment. In the meantime, I need to figure out how to pull swords from my chest.