Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 5 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 5: Major LeagueChew, Vol. 5: Major League by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’ve got to take the time to peruse all the art in this series. Every little section with filler words has something pretty entertaining going on. In general, even when things get so serious that we’d be angling for a major superhero death (cough Batman cough cough) or Spiderman-grade angst, ‘Chew’ never gives up the snark.

And, yeah, maybe some of you serious-minded dudes aren’t into that, but honestly if you’re still reading at this point…you probably are. (Also, the way to absorb powers? Who else has fond memories of Sylar—not the same, but still? I’m hoping he hits just the right amount of over-the-top comic book villain.)

We get a bit more of Olive, which is fun because she’s a rebellious teenager with a wacky family, and that combination of elements has given her just the right amount of psychotic determination needed in a story like this. The writing across all these is so consistent, overall, in keeping track of things. If Layman’s keeping all this in his head, I’m thoroughly impressed. I imagine notes somewhere, though.

Yes, there’s one-off stories and arcs resolved within the volume, but a lot of information comes back up later, sometimes not even as the main plot but still relevant to the larger story, which by five volumes isn’t just about unraveling the potential avian flu conspiracy, but lots more things, like badly constructed relationships, food, and the ongoing conspiracy to only hire well-endowed ladies at the USDA. (It’s obviously comic. Not reading into it. Just enjoying the view…of Colby being completely wrecked by them.)

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