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Can an irresponsible slacker find love and become a man along the way? That's been the six-volume question behind the witty and wise Scott Pilgrim series. In the fifth book, Scott's love, Ramona, walked out on him due to her own confessed weaknesses, while Scott wrestled with newfound contentment. O'Malley's final volume has some of his trademark humor, but it's a much darker and more serious look at the battle of love. Alone, Scott goes on a journey of atonement with his previous girlfriends and is shocked to learn that some of them have moved on without him. The final evil ex, Gideon Graves turns out to be a manipulative and shallow version of what Scott himself would become if his selfish nature were to take over. Their climactic battle is allowed to play out at length, with video game references galore. O'Malley's cartooning skills have advanced enough since the first volume to make this a bravura visual experience. Although fans of the series will find this a satisfying conclusion, the nature of the true relationship between Scott, Ramona, and Gideon is perhaps glossed over a bit-the only complaint in an otherwise triumphant finale. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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O'Malley wraps up his megahit slacker opera in this sixth volume, at last delivering the battle between Scott and Ramona and the insufferable Gideon Graves ( Occupation: asshole ). Throughout the series, O'Malley has proven to be a remarkably clever cartoonist, but his manga-inflected artwork has never looked more accomplished than it does here, with plenty of inventive touches to savor splayed across the multifaceted panel work. The video-game and indie-rock references still play strong, and Scott's Memory Cam is a particularly hilarious new device that nails his winning blend of oblivious charm. Substantively, the book is mostly one extended fight sequence (and a pretty epic one, at that) capped by Scott's hard-won maturation, with plenty of closure to go around. O'Malley ties up an impressive array of loose ends in the finale to this bighearted series, and few fans will be in any way disappointed, but it's hard not to look back fondly upon the more shallow, aimlessly myopic Scott Pilgrim of earlier volumes. In any case, an essential addition.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist