Review – Chew #54 (Image Comics)

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Release Date: 27th January, 2016

Well, we are almost at the end of the second-to-last ever Chew story arc ‘The Last Supper’, and I am finding myself increasingly torn on how I feel about it. I have loved this series since the beginning, but 54 issues in it’s all beginning to feel a bit rushed.

We open on an extremely angry and bitter looking Savoy. After several issues of attempting to get Tony Chu to work with him, and several issues of Tony telling him that it will never happen, Savoy has clearly snapped. He’s not playing fair any more and whatever happens now is due to Tony’s complete and utter refusal to have anything to do with him. This issue is not going to be a happy one and after reading the last panel, it kinda looks bad for Amelia.

This is where my problem lies. When Chew started it was really funny and fun to read. The characters were engaging, the story was very different and the art was excellent. The art is still excellent, don’t get me wrong. Guillory never fails to deliver. The story and the characters haven’t stayed quite as strong though. Killing off Poyo was a total shocker and I think the series suffered from it slightly. I understand it was important to the storyline but come on… POYO THE WARRIOR CHICKEN!! Tony’s character just seems to be a bit angry or pissed off all the time, and the writing in the sky mystery is becoming a tad tedious.

I still enjoy Layman’s writing but I really feel that this fantastic series has lost some of its sparkle along the way. This makes me feel a bit sad as I have really enjoyed Tony et al through all 10 volumes and I really don’t want the final few issues to be so dark. I would love a return to form from Layman.

As much as it breaks my heart to do so I’m giving Chew… Rating: 3/5.

The writer of this piece was: Cat McGlinn
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