Yesterday, I decided to finish some things that had been left… Unfinished.
Nope, I still have to get 1 more Super Mario Galaxy 2 star, so I’m putting that off for a while.
I’m talking about… SP!
Yesterday, I finally got what I had been waiting for! SP!
Of course, I’m talking about…
What? You thought I was talking about ANOTHER SP?
A comic? Why would I talk about comics in this–
Oh yeah, Amazon did deliver this baby to me. So I guess we can talk about comics.
If you don’t know what Scott Pilgrim is… What the hell are you?
Are you living UNDER A ROCK?
Are you ISOLATED from the rest of the HUMAN RACE?
Do you even know what THE INTERNETS is? (PROTIP: You’re reading it)
Scott Pilgrim is a series of Graphic Novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Just like it says in the cover!).
It is also the name of said Graphic Novels’ protagonist, a 23-year old slacker, Bassist for the Sex Bob-Omb, a crappy band in Toronto. He starts dating a high-schooler at first, but finds himself falling in love with mysterious Amazon.ca delivery girl, Ramona Flowers. Now, if Scott wants to date Ramona, he must defeat her Seven Evil Exes!
If I were to describe Scott Pilgrim’s style, I’d say: “It’s everything every geek that has been alive for the past 20 years knows by heart”. There’s music references, videogame references, life references, all in a package that blends Manga storytelling techniques with a peculiar, bold-lined style that you can’t help but admire.
And Volume 6 is the last one. It brings the story of Scott’s fight for Ramona, and does so with a bang. It is simply one of the Best Comics Ever Made, Ever.
The first volume in the series feels a bit experimental, almost as if O’Malley was still trying to find the way to make the storytelling work. It slows down sometimes, and sometimes is a bit all over the place, trying to find its focus.
In comparison, Volume 6 never stops: It reads fast, it cuts to the chase, it flows like a master Traceur entering The Zone during a Parkour run. It essentially kicks your ass.
And you want it to kick your ass all over again.
Mainly because it deals with Scott and Ramona’s personal issues in ways that the previous Volumes never did. It wraps up every loose plot, every thread, every character’s involvement with the story is properly finalized.
And in the end, everything changes, and you know what? Maybe it’s not a bad thing.
It’s actually a wonderful conclusion. It’s not just Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour… It’s everyone’s Finest Hour.
Thank you, Bryan O’Malley. You’ve given us a wonderful comic that speaks the language of a generation, in a way few comics ever have. I, as well as all the people I’ve actually roped into reading your comics, are very much looking forward to your next endeavors.