Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 3 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 3: Just DessertsChew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The relatively sedate action in this volume is more than made up for with the last chapter: finding out where it all went wrong, also known as meeting Tony’s family. Who are about eighteen times more insane than I would ever expect. Lesson, set no expectations for this series. They know what you’re thinking, and they can do you one better.

The events of Vol 2 are fairly wrapped up, excepting a certain vicious chicken and a certain broken jaw. A brief bust—and first date—transitions into a full-time relationship, which means less running after crooks and more girlfriend. Does Tony get to be…happy…in this volume?

Of course not. A certain rogue ninja/Colonel Sanders cross is back in the picture, with a more subdued color palette to match the more serious mission he’s on, although the way in which he goes about this mission is as over-the-top as I hope you’ve come to expect from this series.

There’s fun with in medias res, and more risks taken with the writing that mostly pay off. The larger plot returns with a vengeance in this installment… as does the past. There’s more to that Thanksgiving dinner than meets the eye.

Also, chogs. Or fricken, which I have to agree sounds more appealing. (Chogs sounds like footwear.)

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