It’s been a while since I’ve had a sampling of “Chew,” but the story has stuck with me in that span. In the interim, which as it turns out has been over two months between issues, I’ve read quite a few reviews and we’ve even turned the calendar, leaving 2010 behind.
As it turns out, some things that I enjoyed in 2010 are still cool in 2011, and “Chew” is one of them. As this issue opens, we see that the alien sky-writing is still in place and the people of Earth are as irrational as ever, which is saying quite a bit for this title. Layman and Guillory give us a chance to see the Fisher-Okroshka International Space Station. They do a nice job using the space station to link the skywriting story to the rest of the issue, with things seemingly settling into place to be looped full circle at some point in the near future. Of course, it seems to me that once things appear lined up in this title they find a way to skew one way or another and spin off in a different direction altogether.
Shifting from the space station, back to Earth, we’re invited into a fatal food fight at Francis Bacon High School (home of the Shakin’ Bacons!) that brings Chew’s daughter, Olive, into the story for some additional dark humor at the hands of Layman and Guillory. Her testimony provides a bit more insight into the motivation of Peter Pilaf, the culprit behind the lunchtime massacre.
This issue, like those before it, offers more than a few moments where I found myself laughing at things that shouldn’t be funny, yet are reliably so in “Chew” month in and month out. The consistency – not the texture – of this title is what brings me back issue after issue. Layman and Guillory have crafted a universe that’s just far enough removed from our own to enable us to find humor in situations that would be mind-numbing here in our world.
After finishing this issue, I realized that in addition to the humor and the art, “Chew” has impressed me with its knack to stay ingrained in my head due in no small part to its unique stance on the comic racks. Truly, it’s more of an aftertaste than an actual flavor.