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A View To A PillChew 31 Vol 07 - Bad Apples Part I
John Colby and a handful of F.D.A. doctors were visiting Tony Chu in the hospital to discuss with him about ingesting a designer drug. Tony Chu knew of the drug he was about to ingest and also how high the fatality rate was, but Colby assured his friend that he and the doctors would be checking his vital signs while he was under the drugs side affects. After 3 days of insane hallucinations, Tony finally came around and told Colby of where the drug was manufactured. In the end, the F.D.A. doctor mentioned to Tony that his ordeal wasn't over. He mentioned that Tony would feel a fever, chills, muscle spasms, and violent nausea for eight more hours. In the end, Tony journeyed back into the craziness of a designer drug. John Layman's P.S.A. was: "Hey Kids! Don't do fictional designer drugs with 80% fatality rates!"
Chew: Secret Agent Poyo
This is a CHEW spin off one-shot created by Writer John Layman and Artist Rob Guillory to shed some more light on Poyo, one of the most mysterious characters in the series. Though this was just a one shot story, Layman hinted towards the end that there could be a possibility of a sequel in the future. However, it could just be for comedic relief when it was planted in this comic.
This story follows Poyo and Agent Barnes stopping the mad scientist, Regenbogen, from making the skies rain; Animals! This one-shot also features pin-up artwork of Poyo.
The second half of CHEW starts here. With a funeral.Reviews:
"Someone Died, Didn't They?" Reviewed by djetter0801 on Jan. 23, 2013.Chew 32 Vol 07 - Bad Apples Part 2
Last issue featured the death of a major character in Chew. And no, I’m not going to spoil it for you in the first paragraph of the review for “Chew #31.” Instead, let’s discuss how this issue brings not one, but two funerals. No, there is no new shocking death in these panels. Through the use of flashbacks, we are taken to the time when Tony Chew buried his wife.
In the last issue of Chew, Tony’s sister met an untimely, but foreseen, ugly demise. We now pick up the pieces where Tony is recovered from his beating many issues ago, and the book dives into the next story arc prepared to kick things into high gear and begin the road to wrap up this book. The funeral gives you the sense that we’ve passed the halfway point and that things are going to start to get real. Granted, being real was something this book wasn’t lacking before. This is a turning point for Tony, and he gains direction and a clear goal of what to do next.
The thing I like about Chew is each issue brings a sense of fun, humor, and really makes looking at the details in the art an experience. There is one panel in particular where this sense of humor is displayed. You get twice the thrill from it if you like seeing comic creators including themselves in their own book. I still remember the feeling I got when I saw Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson include themselves in Transmetropolitan, and this panel brought back those same feelings—seeing John Layman and Rob Guillory’s appearance, chalk full of humor and snarks as we see them at a comic book convention. The humor is in all the signs and background art details.
The other great staple of a Chew comic is seeing the one page devoted to telling the history of an object or person that catches the reader up rather quickly in order to show how it fits into the story. In this issue’s case, Thinergy Super Soda gets featured. It’s introduction in this issue leads us to the end of the first part of this story arc, revealing a bigger connection to a previous Chew story. The turn in the story comes out almost out of nowhere, but when that connection is made, and timed with Tony’s new found purpose, it really makes you feel like there is a plan and a complete story to tell with Chew. Issue #60 is the last issue for the series, and if this issue is any indication of the direction readers will be traveling from here on out, I’m looking forward to it.
"No Wedding, But Two Funerals" Reviewed by The Mighty Monarch on Jan. 24, 2013.
This cover is absolutely brilliant considering the events of the previous issue. For anyone not caught up in the series, this cover isn't a spoiler, it's actually somewhat misleading with a deeper meaning once you see the second image right after the cover. It's beautiful and intense and moving and everything.
As the solicit says, the second half of Chew begins with a funeral. Actually, two funerals. We jump back and forth between the two biggest losses in Tony's entire life. A lot of things are explained by the events of the old funeral, and the direction is set into place with the present day funeral. The entire Chu family is on the same side for once, comedy weaved into their responses to break up the grim tension. This death.... it was probably the saddest death this series could've had, and I'm going to miss Toni so very much.
And right at the moment of highest sorrow, a new beginning. Tony and John are reinstated to the FDA wish a newfound gusto to their job. Tony is determined to take down The Vampire, but he's got a bigger task to tackle first. What begins as a simple mystery, a bit rushed when the page count had to be divvied between the new story and the funeral, takes a surprising sharp turn at then end and creates a big story for this arc, once again tying back through all sorts of moments through the series.
In Conclusion: 5/5
I was afraid this issue would end up giving us a half-assed simply resolved case as filler after the funeral, but at the last minute, John Layman reminded me why he's a genius. This isn't just the funeral and the beginning of Tony's resumed FDA job, this is the beginning of an arc to wrap up a huge loose end, one of the biggest that caused the initial downfall of Tony's career, and 30 issues down the line Chew hasn;t lost a single ounce of it's charm or depth. Here's to 29 more issues!
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