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5.0 out of 5 stars So delicious!, 4 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes TP (Paperback)
After his near fatal beating in Volume 5, Tony Chu, cibopath (pronounced "see-bo-path") is laid up in a hospital bed for the entirety of Volume 6 so John Layman puts his twin sister, Toni, in the spotlight. Toni is a cibovoyant (pronounced "see-bo-voyant" - I know, there's a lotta odd words in this series) meaning she can take a bite of something living and see their futures.

So we follow Toni as she helps her brother get revenge on his nemesis, a rival restauranteur; what happens when you mix frogs and chickens - "chogs" - who then breed with psychedlic frogs; the strange case of Judy Heinz-Campbell; and what the vampire collector has been up to...

Toni's much more outgoing and her adventures, while similar to Tony's, tend to be more successful as she's more capable than her cannibalistic brother. I love Tony but Toni's her own character which is gravy. Layman does a great job of giving her a rich backstory with numerous funny flashbacks so that by the end of the book, the effect is more gut-wrenching. But I don't want to spoil it for you.

This book is hilarious! "Chew" has always been a comedic series but "Space Cakes" is the funniest this series has been in a while. Remember that character from earlier, Poyo the Fighting Cock? Well all I can say is that Layman must've grown up watching "The Six Million Dollar Man" and thought, man I wish Steve Austin was a chicken, because Poyo basically becomes the Bionic Man, er, chicken! Poyo gets his own one-shot issue, "Secret Agent Poyo", and it's so funny, from the cover where he's wearing a tux, Bond-style, to the numerous add-ons and gadgets he's been grafted with. There's even a sequence in Hell where Poyo beats up the Devil! "Space Cakes" takes Poyo as a side character and turns him into one of the main attractions of this series. By the end of the book, you'll love this crazy bird like I do.

I know I say this about every "Chew" book but damn Rob Guillory can draw! His style is unique and brilliant, drawing the characters cleanly and detailed with a perfect balance of colour and an uncanny command of facial expression. If you look closely at the panels, you'll see all kinds of "easter eggs", like the sequence in Hell where there are photos of the usual suspects, Hitler, Bin Laden, etc., and then, prominently placed, there's a picture of Michael Bay!

And John Layman - what else is there to say about this guy? He's doing everything right, hitting all the right buttons, building upon and expanding this strange and brilliant world into something even more extraordinary than it already is. His characterisations and plotlines are spot on, I don't think he can write a bad issue for this series, he just knows exactly what he's doing.

If you're not reading "Chew", you need to start NOW! For the already-converted, Volume 6 doesn't disappoint, until the end when you reach the final page and realise you've got to wait several more months until the next book. "Space Cakes" is fantastic, "Chew" is amazing, well done guys, keep them coming - the world needs more Poyo!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up!, 23 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes TP (Paperback)
This is another visually stunning book. If Andy Warhol made comics they wouldn’t be half as good as this. Here is another amazingly bold piece of art. Everything is turned up to the max. The colours, the framing, the expressions and the magnificent lettering.

There are more of the same daring narrative techniques, ubiquitous in the Chew series, with ambitious prologues, confusing timelines, and dynamic flashbacks. There is only one thing missing. The story. And this isn’t some clever experiment either. With our lead character in a coma what we get are a series of extended gags and second tier ideas stretched beyond their means. Agent Poyo has his own story, Tony’s brother does too but most of time we follow Toni Chu, his sister.

This is definitely the weakest of all the books to date. With no compelling, or even coherent storyline to drive us forward it just feels like the advert break. Let’s hope we get Tony back soon and this series returns to its full potential. Only for the great art and lettering does this book deserve a Thumbs Up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good, 11 April 2013
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Volume 6 carries on with the oddness and adds more, managing to keep my interest fully. So glad I gave "Chew" a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I eat it up, 24 Feb. 2013
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Good quirky fun, anything with Poyo has to be good. Must say though I would have liked to see more of the herorine particularly in later offerings
Graphics and story line up to snuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, 24 April 2013
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Another brilliant entry into the series but it seems pretty dark compared ot the other books and Toni isn't as fun a character to follow as Tony
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read as always from an award winning graphic novel ..., 15 Jan. 2015
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Excellent read as always from an award winning graphic novel series. Just gets better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Feb. 2015
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Great series, nothing like anything else I've read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chew, 3 Mar. 2013
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Bought and read the 6 volumes over a weekend could not put them down
Brilliant! Wacky and edgy loved it
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