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Comics: Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes Review
Chew, written by John Layman and illustrated by Rob Guillory is one of the best comics out there, and deserves much more recognition than it gets. I only started reading about a month ago, but fell in love with the series from the first page. I breezed right through the first five volumes (25 issues), and was eagerly awaiting the release of the sixth volume which collects issues 26-30. For those of you, who for some reason or another, are reading this review without having ever read the comic MUST pick up volume one. You won't regret it.
Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes picks up right after the events of volume five with Tony Chu in the hospital after receiving multiple life-threatening injuries. Tony remains hospital and bed ridden for much of the time so volume six focuses on Tony's sister, Antonelle "Toni" Chu as she flies solo as well as partnering up with Colby and Caesar to solve multiple crimes. The volume also follows her romantic relationship with her supervisor Paneer. Chew Volume 6 continues to move along the main plot of the vampire who continues to collect those with special abilities. As a bonus the volume includes an interlude between chapters 2 and 3 (issues 27 and 28) called Secret Agent Poyo starring everyone favorite kick-ass robotic rooter Poyo.
Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes introduces us to a couple of new freaks such as Sabopictors who can paint a picture so vividly that if you lick it you can actually taste the food that painted, and a victuspeciosian who can create facial masks out of a mixture of food that can temporarily change someones appears to look like someone else or make them more attractive. Volume six continues the overall plot arch, moving things along quite nicely, as well as interweaving multiple side stories that are, as always, quiet entertaining. Antonelle "Toni" Chu faces off against D-Bear in the case of stolen Chogs, which is a cross between a chicken and a frog, then against terrorists who seek to weaponize cow meat that will explode at the first signs of decomposition, and a victuspeciosian imposter. It's all extremely entertaining, and laugh out loud hilarious.
This volume, like all the others, has its fair share of moments that are laugh-out-loud hilarious. From hilarious one liners to the licking, and subsequent tripping out, of psychedelic frogs. The on going situation between Caesar and Toni, where Caesar is trying to remember where he knows her from, is great and provided me with quiet a few laughs. Although the volume featured some great stories and humor the lack of Tony Chu, my favorite character in the series after Poyo, left me with a slight bit of emptiness upon finishing the volume. Antonelle "Toni" Chu, while interesting, is not as great of a central character as her brother Tony is.
Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes is another great addition to the Chew series, but leaves us off with a feeling of sadness. Aside from the ending the volume is chock full of laugh out loud moments, and as always, great story telling. The inclusion of the Poyo mini-story is fantastic. I can't wait for Chew Volume 7 to see what happens next. The wait is going to chew me apart.
Written by John Layman and Illustrated by Rob Guillory
Published by Image Comics