Chew #60

10 Overall Score
Writing: 10/10
Art: 10/10
Coloring: 10/10

Powerful ending|Still accessible for readers|Beautiful Art

Sad to see it end!

Chew #60
Written and Lettered by John Layman
Drawn and Colored by Rob Guillory
Created by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Published by Image Comics
2016

Last issue. Double sized. Trifold cover. Epilogue.

Tony Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It’s a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu’s secret. They have plans for him, whether he likes it or not. 

So with issue #60, Chew comes to an end. And I have to confess, though I started reading these series at first, I fell in and out of it during it’s run. Still,I peeked in every now and then, and always found it to be highly original and beautifully drawn. This final issue is no exception. In fact, it almost works as a stand alone. The story, set “Many, Many, Years” in the future is all about Olive Chu, daughter of protagonist Tony Chu. Like her father, Olive is also a cop. But the future is a different place. It’s a world where food substances have evolved, and so have the many food-based powers the series introduced in its tenure. Here, Olive faces a final battle with Peter Pilaf, a serial killer who has the abilities to control his body,other people, seeds, plantlife, etc. Writer John Layman fills in this book with a flood of ideas, history and scenarios. In fact, the middle section is a montage of Olive’s battles with Pilaf over the years, and it works beautifully. It really drives home the message for the reader how long Pilaf has been a villain. It also helps to show the evolution of the world Layman and Guillory created. The whole thing makes me want to read a whole new series about Olive and this new Earth.

The writing isn’t the only good thing, as Rob Guillory’s art is outstanding. I’ve always been a fan of his graffiti and cartoon inspired pencils, but the energy created in this issue is amazing. The bulk of it is one long, bizarre action scene, and it’s excellent. I found myself staring at certain panels. And the bookend scenes with Tony Chu are both suspenseful and dramatic. And credit must be given to both creators for that gut punch of an ending. I won’t spoil it because even if you are remotely vested or interested in Chew, it will pack a wallop.

It’s bittersweet to see any comic book series end, as it means we can no longer live in that particular story or world. But it’s a heavy testament to the power of these creators that even someone who wasn’t a constant reader of this title, was able to get absolute pleasure from reading this issue. Do yourself a favor pick It up. Or better yet, start checking out the collected editions and give the whole series a shot. I know I am going to.

 

 

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