Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 7 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 7: Bad ApplesChew, Vol. 7: Bad Apples by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this volume, the snappier pacing I’d gotten used to, and the advancement of the main plot, take some serious brakes. The ending of the previous volume sets things up for major action times, and instead of having all of that explode here, we get more buildup. (For those of you who’ve read the Wheel of Time series, Book 9.)

Not that I didn’t continue to enjoy all the little side trips and all, not to mention where Colby’s sleeping-around habits lead (haven’t laughed that hard since the previous volume), but following the end of #6, which was mostly a side trip given Tony’s whole comatose/tripping state, having another one take that turn is a little much. The end of #6 sets us up to expect some major action, and it’s barely touched in this volume, which is frustrating.

I don’t want to imply the quality of the volume itself is bad, because it’s not. The voice and art are still fantastic, living up to expectations, it’s just that I’m at a point in the series where I’m expecting something more. It’s happened in other series that are drawn out like this, and in some ways it’s a sign that the complete story is more cohesive than, say, Ranma 1/2’s meandering, but it is frustrating to sit through. Especially since volume 8 isn’t out til April!

I expect 8 will pick up all the slack here, because it absolutely leads to it, and I’m guessing there will be a fair bit of offsetting the kooky sidetracking here, but it ended up feeling a bit unnecessary. More plot in between the little pieces would have helped.

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