Saturday, March 6, 2010

Chew #9

Written by John Layman
Art by Rob Guillory

Another strong issue of Chew, as Tony investigates the strange goings-on on Yamapalu, and works to rescue his brother and the reporter he's fallen for. There are vampires, lots of dead bodies and poo that needs eating (actually, I'm getting a little tired of that gag), and a chef who can only communicate through his cooking (awesome concept).

Perhaps what works best in this issue is the way in which Layman plays around with standard comic storytelling conventions. The book ends with three successive panels, each labeled 'Cliffhanger!' and each stepping up the level of drama or danger for Tony and companions. After that comes a full-page spread that was completely unexpected and hilarious, as Tony's partner goes to great lengths to protect his friend's whereabouts.

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