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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 26 Nov 2011
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H. D. Wells - See all my reviews
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Everything about the Chew series is excellent - the humorous yet macabre storylines, the fleshed out and believable alternate world it is set in, the characters, the art, the writing... I could go on, but I think you get the idea. The only reason I didn't rate this as a five star item is because of the length - I find all of the issues quite small, with only five chapters (instead of the conventional six) per volume. That isn't to say that those chapters are bad, quite the contrary, it just leaves you wanting more and now that I am up to date with the comic, I know there will be a fairly long wait until the next issue. However the fact that it does leave you wanting more is a sign that it is a good read and the series is light-hearted enough to re-read several times anyway. As an individual story this volume takes an extra-terrestrial turn which could twist into an even sillier, but never over the top, plot line in the coming volumes. If you haven't read the first volumes, buy them now. If you have, buy this one now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fired up!, 27 Sep 2011
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Sam Quixote - See all my reviews
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If you're a casual reader of comics and have a vague interest in this story but haven't really started to read it, or if you've just stumbled across this by chance, stop reading this review and pick up the first volume, "Taster's Choice", trust me, I'm doing you a favour `cos I might just spill some spoilers in this review.

That's right, a new volume of the best damn original comics series going at the moment is out and that means one thing for a review about it - load up the superlatives! Fantastic storytelling, pitch perfect writing, gorgeous artwork, and an utterly compelling and wonderfully realised world in which these funny, clever, and downright brilliant stories take place in - that's the least I could say about "Chew".

Where last we left our heroes, mysterious flame writing had encircled Earth, we'd been introduced to Tony Chu's family, Mason Savoy was still on the loose, and the mystery of the gallsaberry was still unanswered. Well, not to give too much away but this isn't the volume that answers all of those questions. Really it teases out these storylines hinting at a larger, more intricate structure to follow in the future books.

Instead, we are introduced to a voresophic (you'll find out) with a massive secret, Tony Chu's daughter Olive witnesses a bizarre hostage taking at her high school, Tony and his sister Toni go to Area 51, Tony and John infiltrate a strange cult based around the flame writing in the sky, and a cover mission to China results in a callback for a brilliant character in past books making another appearance.

The stories are all great fun to read, not least because John Layman is a terrific writer who seems to be loving the writing of this series, each issue seems to have an energy and inventiveness to it that throws everything into the mix to create something volatile and interesting. Rob Guillory's art gets better with each book and "Flambe" is the best example of his work yet. His style is instantly recognisable but so natural, he flows from comedy to action to drama to mystery with ease. Kudos also for coming up with a genius way of laying out a phone conversation in comic panels, it's so simple yet I've never seen it done this way before.

The only bad thing I will say about this is that one book isn't enough, it just whets your appetite for the next book which will likely be out in 8-9 months time. And that's what sucks about discovering an amazing series like this while it's still being written - the waiting! If only I'd found this when it's done 9-10 books (as I'm sure it'll go) then I could've sat down for a sublime 10 course meal of these books. Oh well, at least I found it, and so did you if you're reading this! Another fantastic addition to this series, "Flambe" doesn't disappoint, read it, love it, great comic book, keep cooking them up guys!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid gold Thumbs Up!, 25 July 2012
This review is from: Chew Volume 4: Flambe (Paperback)
This is another fine addition to the Chew library. Both writer and reader are now well versed in the lore of Chew and so all the characters, tricks, techniques and themes you love are there.

The art is great as always and although the characters can be seen as quite impressionistic you do get real emotion from their faces. One of the great touches is the background detail. Posters, notices, graffiti, all contain appropriate gags. There are even some characters from TV shows you might recognise.

Once again the lettering is the star with even more neat little touches and innovations. You have the longest ever speech bubble string that fills an entire page, yet is effortlessly executed and easy to read.
The stories here are more fragmented than previous volumes but the overall plot keeps marching on in the background. With so many likable characters this looks set to be the way forward.

The creators are becoming bolder and more confident in both artistic and narrative style. Reminding a reader they are reading a story by addressing them directly is a very bold move, and used sparingly, as it is here and in the last volume, is a very powerful way of getting our attention.

There is a great laugh out loud moment and a brilliant surprise meaning that although Chew is a comfortable and friendly read it is still just as exciting. A solid gold Thumbs Up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chew Volume 4 Flambe, 1 Jun 2012
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A. Page (Norwich, Norfolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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Don't get me wrong, this is one of the best comic series on the market at the moment, wickedly funny and superb artwork and I know there is a bigger picture to the whole narrative but the first 3 volumes all had a very satisfying stand alone story, where as this volume just kept giving glimpses of possible things to come with 1 or 2 chapter stories that didn't make for a very cohesive read. Still highly enjoyable but not the 5 star read like the first 3 TPBs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud hilarious, 8 May 2012
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Very few comics have me giggling from start to finish like a schoolboy. But this one went a step further, reducing me to tears of mirth at several points.

John Layman and Rob Guillory's work on 'Chew' is nothing short of inspired. There's so much humour on each page - whether it be from Layman's imaginitive writing and comedic genius, or Guillory's cheeky, endearing artwork.

Poyo is the star of this volume. I'll say no more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tasty treat, yet again, 25 April 2012
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CHEW is possibly one of the greatest comic series to be published in the last 10 years and this volume is another example of how good this series can be. If I had to make one criticism , it's that at 5 issue the story arcs don't feel long enough, however they do benefit from repeat reading.

Fun, quirky and leaves a great taste in your mouth.
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