Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour - Comic of the DayThe first thing I was asked when I finished Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, which came out today during a rare comic Tuesday release, was, "How did you like the ending?" I think that is a fair question when asking about a book that finalizes a 6 year span of highly original storytelling. My answer? I liked it.

What can I say? Bryan Lee O'Malley takes Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour to places his books all go. The Scott Pilgrim volumes travel through a world which is very familiar to our own, yet it is also a world filled with modern day fantasy which can only be captured in a comic or work of fiction. Scott experiences life and has relationships that evolve the way real world ones do for us readers. We make friends and then grow apart. We have odd pasts which are cruel at times. We've gotten shitty jobs (Scott's dish cleaning) but we're super proud of ourselves for being chosen for it. In many ways Scott Pilgrim's life is very regular, but in other ways it is simply pure imaginary fun.

What if life had video game moments? What if we could do battle, unfortunately lose by way of death, but then use an extra life we received somewhere along the way in our game of life, and live? Hell...I'd be fighting people constantly!

Some of the best video games ever are based on reality.
  • 007 - Just a spy killing for country
  • Pong - Just a game of tennis for the un-athletic
  • Mario Brothers - Just a couple of plumbers clearing evil shit from pipes
  • Pac Man - Just a speed freak on a crazy cannibalistic trip
We have worked real life into video games. It was only a matter of time before someone worked games video games into real life. Though I am, admittedly, a pioneer in this field. One time after playing Sega's "Vectorman" for 3 days straight I tried double jumping a puddle in the movie theater parking lot on my way to seeing Van Damme's Sudden Impact. As a people, I am glad we had to fall short in a few puddles along the way to creating a unique fantasy adventure such as the Scott Pilgrim series.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I liked how the Scott Pilgrim run ended. I am not going to say "I wish it ended like this" or "like that" because I was just enjoying the story being told in this comic of the day. I let myself be immersed in the story, and let O'Malley tell his tale while I sat back, listened and smiled.

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