Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 8 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew Volume 8: Family RecipesChew Volume 8: Family Recipes by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remember when I was bummed about all the stuff that didn’t happen in volume 7, given the end of volume 6, which came as the ultimate shock after all the zany preceding bits (psychedelic chogs)? Continue reading

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Comic Book Review: ‘The Pro’ by Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner

The ProThe Pro by Garth Ennis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NSFW, obviously.

The titular character, a member of the “world’s oldest profession,” is given superpowers by an alien who’s made a bet basically saying that anyone can be a hero.

Even a woman who just got stiffed by a john, had a minor argument with the babysitter, and is now bottlefeeding her young son on the toilet with her panties down while the alien’s watching her (and yes, the robot suggests he’s a creeper. ‘Voyeur’ if you insist). Continue reading

Comic Book Review: ‘Pretty Deadly’ #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

Pretty Deadly #1Pretty Deadly #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This rating is for the digital edition, although I don’t think it’d be any different for the print, much as I love glossy pages in my hands. ComiXology is decent at formatting, and I read this on my computer so I had the option of full spreads, single pages, and Guided View. The HTML5 reader is decent, if you haven’t tried it yet. Continue reading

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.) Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 4 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 4: FlambéChew, Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things just get more and more real!

Not in the reality sense, not even the slightest. In the other sense of being awesome. Continue reading

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.
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Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 2 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 2: International FlavorChew, Vol. 2: International Flavor by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The world of bizarre food superpowers and chickenless Prohibition expands in this second volume, which makes up for the absence of ninja skills with the reintroduction of an old face… half of it, anyway. (Although the other half is the Terminator, which I am totally cool with.)

Oh, and the newly amped-up USDA. I’d like to take a moment and brag on how I saw that coming. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 1 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceChew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How can you use a noir-type Prohibition setting in modern-day America?

Answer: set it in a world where an avian flu pandemic has led to an amendment outlawing chicken…and where the FDA is suddenly a limitless authority. Continue reading