It is certainly no secret I totally have a fan girl crush on John Layman and Rob Guillory’s CHEW comic book. In fact, if this were Pewee’s Playhouse, Pewee would be telling me to marry it. Issue #28 “Space Cakes” is third in a five part arc and it just gets a bit more bizarre as you go along and a whole lot more fun too.
The USDA and the FDA are each trying to best each other and get hold of a kidnapped scientist who has some secret genetic information regarding livestock and exploding meat. But Tony was last left in and out of consciousness in the hospital, you may be asking, how can they do this without him? Kidnap him (again) of course! Notice the cover not only includes Poyo, but also some vaguely familiar animals who are all part of the adventure, sort of.
Highlights from what may possibly be the bloodiest issue of CHEW include Tony’s sister Toni doing something to Poyo I’ve wanted to do since he graced the page (see page 6), and the coolest Poyo action scene to date. And par the course, there is an abundance of fun hidden in the backgrounds. I can get so caught up in the word bubbles and think of the story as only the exchange of dialogue and speed past the amazing art in comic book panels. With the little gems littered here and there (like the “It sux to be you” balloon in the hospital) that I am forced to slow down and take in the awesome illustrations. Layman’s writing is whip smart and praise worthy , but there is just something that draws me to Guillory’s style. It’s simple without being elementary, and his color choices are spot on and never drab or juvenile. For me, CHEW is all about fully enjoying every aspect of a comic book and having fun.
If you have not checked out this Eisner award-winning comic yet, it really is time to catch up. Showtime is still working on a televised version and references to CHEW have popped up in such places as the CW’s Hart of Dixie. Get caught up now and you can tell your friends you were a fan of CHEW way back when.
Written and lettered by John Layman, illustrated and colored by Rob Guillory
Diamond ID: JUN120541
- On Sale: September 12, 2012