Written by John Layman and Illustrated by Rob Guillory
Published by Image Comics
Reviewed by Avril Brown
Oh, CHEW, I just can’t even with you. My heart hurts and my hands are shaking and I almost wish all of the last issues were here so I could just rip off the Band-Aid and be done with the pain, rage and mystery. I am not a particularly patient or thick-skinned individual.
Neither, apparently, is Mason Savoy. Still smarting over Chu’s rejection of his proposal they set aside past differences and work together once more, Savoy has gone and done something unforgivable. While he threatened that the dark, inevitable future is on Chu’s shoulders due to his stubborn refusal of a partnership, Savoy’s actions in this issue are quite possibly what set the potentially apocalyptic ending in motion.
Or maybe I just want Mason Savoy to suffer. Like a lot.
Pain and power is this name of the game in this issue, and the evolution of the main characters’ food powers is fascinating to behold. Amelia’s writing skills have turned her into the most gripping author since J.K. Rowling, and Tony can now solve a case as easily as taking in a deep breath given he can absorb and analyze the particles in the air. Badass.
However, it was really the chog hybrids which stole the show this issue, from the Punxsutawney Phil chog to the Free Willy chog. Though I think a lot of people would pay good money to meet the product of one avenue of their research: there’s a file labeled ‘Chog/Christopher Walken trials’ on a desk, in what has to be the most mental image producing background nugget yet.
I am looking forward to the final issues as much as I dread what comes next, which is just a hint of the complex and tumultuous feelings CHEW has always inspired within me. Until next month…