Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Book Review, Comics, John Layman | 0 comments

Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman
Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory

Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #12 in the Chew series
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 184
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 12 is a compilation of issues 155-60 of the comic series plus a bonus one-shot.
From the back cover:

This the final story arc of Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats. Mysteries are solved, secrets are revealed and lives are lost. Many, many lives. This is the end of the line for the New York Times Best Selling, Harvey and multiple Eisner Award-winner series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals, and clairvoyants.

My Thoughts:
This series is weird, disturbing, violent and absolutely hilarious. It’s incredibly difficult to talk about without sounding completely off my rocker. But then again, several characters in this series may be completely off their rockers.

It’s been a weird and wild ride and I was looking forward to seeing how the author would manage to wind this up. Lots of bodies is one answer. Solving some mysteries is another. Leaving a few questions open was somewhat expected. A final page that was fabulous was wonderful.

The artwork by Rob Guillory is colorful and fun and manages to present some pretty bizarre and violent stuff in a way that isn’t completely gross. There is plenty of funny stuff in the background of the main action.

This series is just wacky and weird and slightly gross and funny and twisted and interesting.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Chew Volumes 7-11 by John Layman

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, Book Review, John Layman | 0 comments

Chew Volumes 7-11 by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory

Genre: Mystery
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Library

The Books:
From the back covers:

Tony Chu, the cibopathic Federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats is back in action, just in time to face a cult of egg-worshipping terrorists who’ve declared holy war on the chicken-eaters of the world.

Chew Vol 7: Bad Apples by John Layman

Vol 7: Bad Apples 2013 Issues 31-35

Tony Chu, the cibopathic Federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats is back in action, just in time to face a cult of egg-worshipping terrorists who’ve declared holy war on the chicken-eaters of the world.

Chew Vol. 8: Family Recipes by John Layman

Vol 8 Family Recipes
2014 Issues 36-40

Anthony and Antonelle Chu are fraternal twins. Tony and Toni. Each with their own extraordinary, albeit diametrically opposed, ability. Tony is Cibopathic, able to get psychic sensations of the past of anything he bites into or ingests. Toni is Cibovoyant, able to flash onto a vision of the future of any living thing she bit into or ingested. Tony is alive. Toni is dead. Toni has been murdered. Tony has vowed to catch her killer. Toni is going to help.

Chew Vol. 9: Chicken Tenders by John Layman

Vol 9 Chicken Tenders
2015 Issues 41-45

Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats, has been busy — busy settling into married life, and busy investigating one assignment after another that takes him to the most remote corners of the planet. Meanwhile, the people closest to Tony are conspiring to take on the brutal killer who murdered Tony’s twin sister. And this conspiracy includes Tony’s partner, his arch enemy — and his teenage daughter!

Chew Vol. 10: Blood Puddin' by John Layman

Vol 10 Blood Puddin’
2015 Issues 46-50

Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats, is facing his greatest challenge: a showdown with the monster who murdered his sister, who disfigured his colleagues, who now threatens his daughter. And to survive this challenge, Tony is going to need the help of the greatest secret agent who’s ever lived… Poyo. the only problem? Poyo is missing and presumed dead.

Chew Vol. 11: The Last Suppers by John Layman

Vol. 11 The Last Suppers
2016 Issues 51-55

Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats, is close to finding answers about the bird flu that killed millions. The only thing standing in his way is Mason Savoy, fellow cibopath, ex-mentor, and unrepentant murderer.

My Thoughts:
This series is just wacky and weird and slightly gross and funny and twisted and interesting. I did a binge read starting Thanksgiving weekend to get caught up with the series. The final volume is due out in January and I wanted to be ready to read that as soon as my library can get it to me. I’m number one on the hold list.

These volumes include the usual bizarre actions of Tony Chu and his fellow FDA agents. Tony’s family is an absolute hoot. Particularly his sister who doesn’t let being dead get in the way of helping Tony.

The heroes are complicated. The bad guys are just strange and scary. Tony’s partner cracks me up (he’s got a complicated love life).

The artwork by Rob Guillory is colorful and fun and manages to present some bizarre stuff in a way that isn’t completely gross.

This is a tough series to recommend because it’s so weird and a little gross at times but the dark humor suits me and I cannot wait until January when I can find out how this ends.

Rating
3.5 stars 3.5/5 for the book

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Chew Vol. 6: Space Cakes by John Layman

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, Book Review, Comics, John Layman | 0 comments

Chew Vol. 6: Space Cakes by John LaymanChew Vol. 5: Major League Chew by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #6 in the Chew series
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 156
Source: Library

*Note – this is volume 6 so spoilers for previous volumes are inevitable

The Book:
This volume 6 is a compilation of issues 23-30 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

While Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – clings to life in a hospital ICU, his twin sister Toni steps up to take center stage. Toni is cibovoyant, able to see the future of anything she eats, and, lately, she’s seeing some pretty terrible things.

My Thoughts:
This series is weird, disturbing, violent and absolutely hilarious. It’s incredibly difficult to talk about without sounding completely off my rocker. But then again, several characters in this series may be completely off their rockers.

The focus in this new storyline shift from Tony to his sister Toni. Her ability to see the future of anything she eats makes for some interesting dates. One way to find out if the relationship has a future is to take a bite out of your date.

See. I told you this was weird. And funny. A little bit gross. But still funny.

The artwork by Rob Guillory is colorful and fun and manages to present some pretty bizarre and violent stuff in a way that isn’t completely gross. There is plenty of funny stuff in the background of the main action.

The final issue is a one shot featuring the cyborg, martial artist . . . chicken, Secret Agent Poyo.

I know it sounds a bit disgusting but I definitely encourage you to give this series a try.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Chew Vol. 5: Major League Chew by John Layman

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in 2016, 3 stars, Book Review, Comics, John Layman | 0 comments

Chew Vol. 5: Major League Chew by John Layman

Chew Vol. 5: Major League Chew by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #5 in the Chew series
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 120
Source: Library

*Note – this is volume 5 so spoilers for previous volumes are inevitable

The Book:
This volume 5 is a compilation of issues 21-25 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – has been kidnapped. He was ambushed, knocked out, brought to a remote location, and bound securely. His captor intends to feed Tony from a menu of his choosing, to find out what Tony can see, in order to learn from him. His daughter Olive has been kidnapped for the exact same reason. Two kidnappers, two captives, and two very different outcomes.

My Thoughts:
This series just gets weirder and more fun with every volume. Tohy has been demoted to traffic division and for unexplained reasons wears a kilt and rides a Segway while on duty. His partner has been transferred too and is working at the USDA with a new partner even stranger than Tony. Then it turns out that Tony’s daughter Olive might be even more gifted than her dad.

Some previous characters show up as well as some new people with different food related special power. One can sculpt chocolate in a way that it’s as real as what it’s supposed to look like (think deadly chocolate sword).

The artwork by Rob Guillory is colorful and fun and manages to present some bizarre stuff in a way that isn’t completely gross. There is plenty of funny stuff in the background of the main action.

I know it sounds a bit disgusting but I definitely encourage you to give this series a try.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Chew Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in 2016, 3 stars, Book Review, Comics, John Layman | 2 comments

Chew Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman

Chew Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman, with art by Rob Guillory

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #4 in the Chew series
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 120
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 4 is a compilation of issues 16-20 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

These are strange times for Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. Strange writing in extraterrestrial script has appeared in the skies of Planet Earth – and stayed there People don’t know if the end days are upon them or not, but they don’t seem terribly concerned about the laws of the FDA, and what was once the most powerful law enforcement agency is rapidly descending into irrelevancy. So where does that leave the FDA best agent, Tony Chu?

My Thoughts:
This series is bizarre but and filled with seriously dark humor but in such a fun way. The gist of the initial plot is that in the aftermath of bird flu (or possibly a government conspiracy) poultry meat is banned and chicken is a hot black market item. Tony’s psychic ability is triggered by whatever he ingests or tastes. He definitely tastes some strange and downright gross stuff along the way.

The added complication in this volume is the appearance of fiery writing in the sky in an unintelligible language. This makes the regulation of poultry meat rather unimportant but Tony Chu and his partner still have plenty of crime to investigate.

Tony’s family members continue to play increasingly more important roles. His sister was a great addition to this volume. There are also more food related special powers introduced. One character is brilliant but only as long as he keeps eating.

The artwork by Rob Guillory is colorful and fun and manages to present some bizarre stuff in a way that isn’t completely gross.

I know it sounds a bit disgusting but I definitely encourage you to give this series a try.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts by John Layman

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, Book Review, John Layman | 2 comments

Chew Vol. 2: Just Desserts by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory

Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory

Genre: Mystery
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Series: #3 in the Chew Series
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 128
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 3 is a compilation of issues 11-15 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

Things are looking up for Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. He’s got a girlfriend. He’s got a partner he trusts. He even seems to be getting along with his jerk boss. But his ruthless ex-partner is still out there, operating outside of the law, intending to make good on his threats against Tony and everybody Tony cares about. It’s just a matter of time before their investigations collide, blood spills and-inevitably-body parts are eaten.

My Thoughts:
This series is bizarre but and darkly humorous but in such a fun way. The gist of the initial plot is that in the aftermath of bird flu (or possibly a government conspiracy) poultry meat is banned and chicken is a hot black market item. Tony’s psychic ability is triggered by whatever he ingests or tastes. He definitely tastes some strange and downright gross stuff along the way

The story is getting better and better with each volume. I’m getting to know the main characters and they’re an intriguing bunch. There were some interesting developments in this one now that the introductory story elements have been established in the first two volumes. The events in the final issue made me very glad that I have volume 4 out from the library already. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The artwork by Rob Guillory is colorful and fun and manages to present some bizarre stuff in a way that isn’t completely gross.

I know it sounds a bit disgusting but I definitely encourage you to give this series a try.
3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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