Chew #31 Review – John Layman and Rob Guillory
Chew #31 Review Short Version: Chew #31 (Bad Apples, Part 1 of 5) sends Tony back out into the world after the death of his sister Toni. Chew is never one to dwell on the emotional too long, though, and – after a brief look back, it’s not long before Tony and Colby are back out bust heads.
Chew #31 Writer: John Layman
Chew #31 Art and Colors: Rob Guillory
Chew #31 Review
When I first started reading Chew a couple of years back, I remember always thinking about how bizarre the world was. Now, however, after 31 issues, it occurred to me, that I had just come to accept the bizarre in Layman and Guillory’s series. Still, for part of an issue, they take a step back from the weird and whacky and focus on the emotional: Tony’s loss of his fraternal twin sister. After taking a brief look back at Tony’s history with loss, however, Tony and Colby are thrust back out into a new case involving those violating the FDA’s rules. It’s a good issue to get things going again, setting up the villain for the next several issues, while still showing that Tony’s anger over the loss of his sister is brewing through his decisive action and intensity through the confrontation.
Chew #31 Review: Talking Spoilers
Never a comic book to lack on shocking imagery, Chew #31 doesn’t fail when it offers up a gym club full of immolated corpses following their ingestion of an illegal energy drink in the montage problem-reveal that has become one of the hallmarks for the series. I liked the creator cameos as well. Most of all, however, I liked Tony’s eagerness to get back to work because, above all else, he needed something to distract himself with the collector still at large and his sister dead. It seems unnatural for a moment (at least it did to me) until you see the action scene with Tony and Colby attacking the members of the Thinergy company. Tony is all business during this issue. He doesn’t hesitate to do what needs to be done. Whatever reluctance or doubt he may have had, it is gone now with the loss of Toni. Weaker storytellers would have told us that through a monologue. Layman and Guillory do it the way comics can better than any other written media: through imagery. So, we’ve got a holy war involving the ingetion of chicken on our hands and a new, intense, angry Tony Chu going after them. I think there’s a renewed energy in Chew #31 and I’m excited to see where it goes next.