This news is huge. Ever since I first got my iPhone and discovered I could purchase and play the original Final Fantasy (and then over time, FF2, FF3, and Secret of Mana), I have been clamoring for Square Enix to release Chrono Trigger, one of the best role playing games of all time. That day has finally come. Read more
Just to clarify: this is a review of the final Scott Pilgrim book, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, NOT the film.
The Scott Pilgrim series has always been one to embrace the hybrid nature of comics. Bryan Lee O’Malley skillfully added video games to the list of media that have influenced and become a part of the graphic literature heritage. Even if on the cover of the fictional Now magazine featuring Gideon in this installment, one of the headlines reads “ARE VIDEO GAMES ART? Source says no,” O’Malley has fully embraced the medium as inspiration. The list of video game influences is endless, and the nods to Final Fantasy, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, and countless other games are a hallmark of the series in general and especially the conclusion. The Final Fantasy references in particular are appropriate in this, the final installment, since the effect is one of letting the initiated reader know that everything that happens in this book is epic – both for the reader and for the characters themselves. This is the final boss fight, complete with extended cut scenes, full orchestral score, and 4 different epilogues.
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