Following ‘Chew, vol. 1’, I made a point of requesting all the other paperbacks of Chew that my local library holds. I’m pleased to report that this volume, subtitled ‘International Flavor’, kept the momentum going.
In this one, Tony Chu follows his brother to a Micronesian island and ends up immersed in a political firestorm over a new kind of poultry substitute. Given that eating chicken has been outlawed just about everywhere, his status as FDA Agent has him in the crosshairs of a few parties.
It’s an amusing new adventure, but not quite up to snuff in comparison to the previous one, which was fresh and naturally quirky. Part of the reason why this lacks pizzazz may be due to the fact that it all takes place in one location, giving it a more limited scope. Still, it remains enjoyable.
I love the art. Guillory put all these grin-inducing tidbits in the backgrounds, like movie/music posters and other such pleasantries. Not only does it make this world seem more real, actually lived-in, but it makes reading the book more enjoyable because one is constantly scouring it for fun things like that.
It’s safe to say that I’m a small fan of Chew. I like the concept, the main character, the writing and the art. Nevertheless, I do wonder about Chu having to bite human beings (dead… and not-so-dead! ) for clues, because I wonder how safe that must be. Has he not contracted a disease yet? Hopefully this question will be answered someday.
What I like is that it contains more single issues in it than many other series do (the Boom! Studios ones in particular have scant content ). One gets one’s money’s worth with Chew. ‘Chew, vol. 2’ encapsulates a complete adventure, so it’s worth the buy even on its own, just to give it a try.
Still, it helps to have read the first trade paperback, and no doubt the next one will be worth checking out too. This one ends with a development that gives the third book a lot of potential. Hmmm…. will Layman and Guillory fulfill that promise? We’ll just have to see, shan’t we?