For anyone who has read Chew Volume One this is a fantastic follow on! The art is still by Rob Guillory, so is consistently awesome, and the story is still by John Layman, so is hilarious and slightly... bizzare... in a good way...
Tony Chu is a cibopath, which means that he gets "psychic impressions" from anything he eats... so, if he eats an apple he sees where it grew, who picked it and how it travelled etc, and if he eats a burger he'll see lots and lots of cow blood and guts and will more than likely throw up... the only food that doesn't affect him in this way is beets, so he eats lots of beets...
This time around Tony Chu gets a psychic impression from what he thinks is soup and follows a lead to a small pacific island in order to find a piece of fruit which tastes oddly like chicken when cooked... the story develops in a way that I don't think anyone could predict... lots of twists, turns and quirky, slightly dark nonsense! There's also some nice character development, new and old, and we get to see some old (also somewhat robotic) faces re-appear, like Colby (it's not a spoiler if it's on the front of the book...)! Anyway, if you're a fan of the first book, definitely get this one, and then the third too as that's also awesome, and if you're new to Chew I'd recomend getting Volume One before getting this one so you understand it a bit more, though it's not essential as it does re-introduce all the cast quite nicely with the "This is Tony Chu, he's a cibopath" bits from the first book.
This is the difficult second album. How can you compete with the deliciously simple yet astoundingly original ideas from the first book? You can't. This book is great but it is uncomfortably dwarfed by the genius of its predecessor.
The art, prologues, concepts and characters are no longer new, yet not familiar enough to feel like family. It gets a bit more wacky and outlandish as you discover there are worse things to eat than dead people. After new characters come and go, all too briefly, it settles down to progressing events from the previous book. Reassuringly it answers those nagging questions you have and addresses those head-scratching events of the last volume so you start to see the bigger picture and things feel more comfortable. Previous characters return, and there are some more laugh out loud moments.
The art hasn't changed style but doesn't feel as polished. Clearly the monthly deadline doesn't allow as much time as the artist would like. Special mention must go to the lettering. We see very few innovations in this area but there have been some really nice touches. A frosty retort has icicles on the speech bubble; an exclamation has the letters bursting out of the bubble; whispers use faint lettering and so on.
If you liked the last book then you will definitely be buying this one. Whilst it isn't as shockingly new anymore the ideas are still original and the whole work is put together with love and care. This isn't a cynical cash-making endeavour this is premium storytelling. Certainly a Thumbs Up!
One of the most original and witty pieces of sequential art I have ever read. Unlike a lot of "edgy" comics which are gory or gross for the sake of being gory or gross, this makes a real virtue of the most disgusting scenes, and makes you laugh while turning your stomach. Thoroughly recommended (but don't even think about reading it while eating).
Chew volume 2 isn't the strongest entry in the chew story arcs but the fact that it's still funny, original and well drawn is credit to the overall standard of the series. It's heartening to see a book a smart and and witty as this be one of the breakout hits of last year. I can thoroughly recommend any of the Chew series to anyone.
Finally, a comic book that lives up to the hype. This second volume is an absolute page-turner that exceeded my expectations; the new characters introduced are brilliantly crafted and the twists and turns in the story are very well thought out. The Chew Universe is fascinating and full of surprises. John Layman and Rob Guillory set the bar very high with Chew Vol. 2, and I will keep my hopes very high for the next volumes, expecting them to dazzle me again and again.
Or Chew 2? Good fun. Enjoyed vol 1 a bit more but still worth a read. Must admit I prefer to proper comic app view rather than kindle because you can't quite zoom properly on some frames/pages. Good value though
Tony Chu's old partner who in the first strip was, ahem, cut out from the story early on, returns to this book as an FDA agent with a new face. Together they bust a ring of chicken smugglers which leads Chu onto the trail of a new type of fruit that tastes like chicken and is located on a remote tropical island. Along the way he'll encounter a deadly government agent with a cyborg rat, mysterious and shady killers, a vampire, a mayor that's kidnapping the world's greatest chefs (including Chu's brother Chow), and Chu's love interest, the food critic Amelia Mintz.
I'm falling hard for this comic book. John Layman's originality and storytelling verve, complimented perfectly by Rob Guillory's amazing art is making this the best least well known comic book series out there! I really think TV networks/studios are missing out on this storyline as I think it would be a perfect show.
The story is written brilliantly as it picks up seamlessly from the first book, adding depth to Chu's character as he grows as an agent. The boss who hates him is given an added dimension as well and events from the first book make perfect sense and add another layer onto the second book's storyline. You also get the feeling that it's building toward a larger storyline as the chicken fruit seems to have come from a similar place which was mentioned in the first book and may have links to the overall story of this world's bird flu epidemic.
In short, Layman's written a fantastically realised series that I can only see getting better in the future. While Mason Savoy is left out of this book, it only makes the next book in the series more tantalising. Comics fans - check out this book today! It is absolutely brilliant and "International Flavor" is somehow even better than the first one. Can't wait to read the next book!