Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 6 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 6: Space CakesChew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Right as Tony Chu’s insistence on following the law in every situation ever starts to grate on the nerves of this whole series, we get a nice breather with what has to be the most ridiculous volume in a series that is, let’s face it, fairly ridiculous.

For starters, Toni Chu is the polar opposite of her twin brother, and gets into all sorts of weird shenanigans that have repercussions like a certain agent who’s sure they’ve met. I do have to wonder how much of anything she actually remembers. (The cover image, by the way, is taken from the inside of the book in what has to be the best psychedelic trip montage of all comic book time.)

So far we’ve seen the FDA as the most powerful organization in the country (if not the world), the USDA as an army of large-breasted women and cyborgs led by a dominatrix, and now…NASA. I won’t ruin it for you. Just know that the cover is the barest fraction of what awaits you inside.

This volume is choppier on the whole, there’s a section dedicated to Poyo that’s designed like one of those inserts I remember seeing in comics way back in the day. (Printed in India, in case they didn’t do that stuff here.) You could argue it doesn’t add anything to the story, but it totally adds to the story.

The ending gets super-ultra-mega-dark, which does a lot to offset the mood of the rest, but it works because it gets us back on track for the main plot. Also, even the gruesome bits are offset with more of the usual personality (with relevant context and everything). There isn’t space for crying here…only justice.

And half-cyborg chickens who travel the world fighting X-Files grade crime.
Chogs! Psychedelics! POYO!

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