Chew, vol. 7

Chew 7Summary: Presenting a new storyline of the New York Times Best Selling, Harvey and multiple Eisner Award-winner series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals, and clairvoyants. Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – is back in action, just in time to face a cult of egg-worshipping terrorists who’ve declared holy war on the chicken-eaters of the world. Collects CHEW # 31-35.

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Chew, vol. 7, by John Layman and Rob Guillory 7.5

Tony Chu is back! Following the death of Toni, his twin sister, he is back on his feet, reinstated and out to kick @$$. He wants revenge. He knows that the vampiric character otherwise known as the Collector (he’s a cibopath who hunts down other food-powered people and absorbs their abilities) is to blame.

And he’s finally out to get him. (I say “finally” because this character’s been around from the start, but Chu’s lost his focus along the way)

Finally back with the FDA, assigned Colby as his partner, he plans to let no one get in his way, not even Applebee, whom he somehow manages to terrify despite the man’s intense loathing of our mild-mannered government super-agent. And so he goes off, mostly on his own, forging ahead until he finds his prey.

Because, yes, he goes head-to-head with the Collector.

Except that he doesn’t. Despite his intense thirst for vengeance, he actually merely sits down for dinner with him, and allows the Collector to give him an ultimatum – after which he basically eclipses himself, leaving Chu to profess that he will get him and kill him. Um… so why didn’t he when he had the chance, then?

Urgh.

So here went another exercise in time-killing with ‘Chew’, as Layman and Guillory stretch it out for as long as possible, intertwining all sorts of side stories and distractions to keep us from getting to the bottom of the key story: the case of the serial killing vampire who is collecting a treasure trove of super-abilities.

It’s entertaining, and it’s a good way to kill time, but I must admit that I’m hoping this will wrap up and move on soon enough. It’s come to the point where I’m more fascinated by the throwaway morsels than the main course, which has cooled off some since first being served up so many issues ago.

Case-in-point: the one-panel teasers Billy Bonker’s Candy Fun Factory, Stabby’s Food Truck and the Molasses Monster in Manhattan. What were those about? They look insane, and infinitely more intriguing than what’s currently going on. Alas, they’re just blips on the radar, hints of what could have been.

There is a lot of development, however: Claiming that the writing in the skies was a prophecy, The Divinity of the Immaculate Ova begins its war on chicken eaters, Savoy manipulates a bromaformutare politician (he can change into whatever he eats) into getting classified information and Chu and Colby’s personal lives get trickier.

But this didn’t have a hold on me. And some of the development was dubious at best, like having Colby take down Savoy and bringing him in for questioning. Noitch. It’s pretty clear that Savoy will tell everyone that he and Colby have been partners for a while now. You’d think that Colby would consider this. Nope.

The artwork still does it for me, of course. Guillory’s absolutely fabulous. I failed to mention this in previous blurbs, but he started to Photoshop real images into the backgrounds on pictures or posters and does devastatingly hilarious stuff, like inserting Michael Bay into the Hell of Fame. Genius.

So I can’t help but recommend ‘Chew’ to anyone who wants something off the beaten track. This is a wonderfully twisted and light series. However, I need to take a break from it. I need something more substantial than this, something that actually gets to its destination at some point.

But I’ll be back. No doubt about it.

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