Review: Chew #11

Published on June 11th, 2010

Around this time last year, I heard about a comic called Chew. It told the story of  Tony Chu, an F.D.A Agent who is also a Cibopathic. I know you’ll be asking “what the hell is that?”, well it is someone who gets psychic impressions from whatever they eat. Like a super-powered Cannibal, the first issue was more than impossible to find. Luckily, last year when the first trade came out I got it, and I fall in love with the world that John Layman and Rob Guillory had created.

chew11Now as Chew starts off it’s third story arc called  “Just Desserts”, I know we’re going to have some thing very special in store for us. This issue begins with a flashback to a prehistoric hunter’s ill-fated run-in with a mastodon and saber-toothed tiger, which took place  twenty thousand years earlier. There is nothing in this book about the saber-toothed tiger for the rest of the issue though, but what John Layman does is set up a story arc with a technique just like Brian Michael Bendis uses over at Marvel.  So I am sure we’ll find out about this saber-toothed later on.

So far in the “Just Desserts”  arc, we have  Tony Chu and his dream woman Amelia Mintz, going undercover to take down a secret organization of high society food connoisseurs that use crime to fund feasts of endangered and extinct animals.

I was thinking  to myself this could easily have been a single issue story, but knowing this book I don’t think the secret organization are they main bad guys in the storyline. We may come back to them later, but I having a  felling this storyline is going to be more about Tony and Amelia, especially if you’ve read this issue and think of the last panel and the name of this story arc at the same time.

I think this is a great issue to jump in on if you have never read Chew before. It doesn’t read as if you’ll need to know all the history on the characters. Yet if you have not read the first two trades, and if you enjoy fun things, then I would say go out buy them right now!

Rob Guillory is becoming one of my favorite artists too, and this issue shows why, as he makes Tony Chu feel like a mix of Charlie Chaplin and James Bond. I could look at these pages all day long as his style of artwork is one which does not feel like it’s used the photorealism filter in photoshop. Guillory makes me happy whenever I pick up an issue of Chew.
So if you’re looking for a comic full of dark and humorous jokes, this is the book for you. I would say Chew is Scott Pilgrim meets a Chuck Palahniuk novel.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com