Written by John Layman and Illustrated by Rob Guillory
Published by Image Comics
Reviewed by Avril Brown
The final installment to CHEW’s eighth story arc, ‘Family Recipes,’ delivers just as much heartfelt relationship-centric moments and vague plot development as readers would expect from such an amazing chunk of issues. With such a bittersweet and enigmatic ending, there is no telling where in the universe CHEW may take us next.
The twin sibling Chu are reunited!…on an alien world. Well, not really. Tony has eaten the specially prepared Gallsaberry fruit and he is tripping balls while having a conversation with his dead sister. Or, as Toni herself put it: “You’ve just eaten half a psychedelic space fruit, in full bloom, and at peak potency, then slow-cooked in the juices of genetically-engineered psychedelic amphibian. You’re really freaking stoned right now.” However, Toni is on hand to pass along some more important information about the mysterious sky writing which debuted several story arcs ago and what doom it may portend, in addition to some sincere advice for her brother, and an apparently shocking bit of news (still hush-hush) to her niece.
There’s also a hilarious side story as ghost-Toni encourages Tony to join his partner John Colby on a mission, despite the fact he’s still picturing himself as a blue bunny. Naturally Colby helps himself to a solid bite of the freaky fruit before heading out, and sure enough, wackiness ensues. And when it comes to CHEW, you know that is wacky, indeed.
Guillory gives us a lovely opening page look at Altilis-738, and Layman balances this story arc out nicely with some touching family scenes, great character growth and just enough plot development to keeping things moving, but still in the shadows. Readers should be looking forward to the next evolution!