Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, December 13 2013 and posted in Reviews
Solitary confinement with a side o' shank!
The funniest, most original comic available continues with Chew #38, Family Recipes 3 of 5. Written by John Layman, with art by Rob Guillory and assists from Taylor Wells, everyone’s favorite cibopath, Tony Chu, is torn over what to do with his sister Toni’s toe.
In the prologue, Tony’s daughter, Olive, is struggling after eating her mother’s toe and can’t reach Tony. Agents Colby and Valenzano are planning to break Mason Savoy out of the FDA supermax prison in Kansas. Part of the breakout plan is to have Savoy meet with a secret prisoner who may or may not have created chogs. Meanwhile, Tony has shut himself off from the world after Toni’s death, so his girlfriend, Amelia, and Olive hatch a plan to get his pep back involving the pineapple-octopus-like hybrid, gallsberry, which does in fact taste like chicken.
The majority of this issue focuses on Mason Savoy’s time in prison, while Tony takes a backseat. This works well because while Tony is sulking, the comedy can stick around with Savoy. A testament to the brilliance of Layman is as always the additions of new food abilities. We’re introduced to someone who is a molluhomicuquus, with the ability to make clam chowder that is extremely poisonous and contagious and someone who is a sucroformautare, with the ability to take on characteristics of any candy he ingests. One of my favorite aspects of Chew is the background gags that John Layman writes. A box in the cafeteria says, “Want dessert? Too bad! There’s no dessert in jail!” and a banner for the prison states, “FDA Supermax: 25% stabbier than most prisons.”
Rob Guillory’s art is perfect for Chew. His facial expressions are more often than not, hilarious and his sight gags are just as funny as Layman’s written ones. Having the gang of chefs all have chef hat tattoos and the picture of Ray Jack punching a cow had me in stitches. His coloring is great too. The passage of time with Tony on the couch going from oranges to blues to greens is genius.
Nearly two-thirds of the way through its run, now is a good time to get into the most creative and innovative comic around. Get caught up with the trades and see what all the buzz is about!
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