In the most recent issue, Chew #58, Tony Chu and wife Amelia Mintz choose to spend their last days on earth enjoying one another’s company, waiting for the inevitable apocalypse and their eventual demise.
This series is expected to end with issue 60, and unfortunately with Chew #58 being one of the last remaining in the series, it does not deliver. The brilliance of the series up until this point was the insane action, humor, and ridiculous plots.
With Chew #58, Tony chooses to just spend time with Amelia, and refuses to eat her for the sake of the whole world, then somehow manages to get roped into helping out an obnoxious family member.
Tony’s sister midway through the issue asks for his help, that then involves him beating up bad guys, and retrieving a stolen item for her. Tony’s inability to say no, and the family member’s general callousness towards him wanting to spend his remaining days with his wife, comes off as annoying. This small plot point with the sister seems to distract from the other issues at hand. Mainly that the world is ending, and Tony is refusing to save it.
Much of the issue lacks action and is mostly devoid of the series’ signature humor. This makes for a boring issue, that despite the series soon coming to an end, is more of a toss away you could probably save money not buying.
When it comes to the art, there really isn’t anything to complain about. However, I can only imagine that this issue was one of the least fun to draw for Rob Guillory. Guillory has consistently put out fun material chock full of characters with ridiculous food based powers. In this issue though the bad guys don’t really offer anything interesting to look at. They are just your average musclebound bad guy who’s only interesting feature is their unusual skin color.
This issue was a bit of a disappointment considering that the series is nearing its conclusion. Chew #58 is a boring issue that does little to move plot forward. The art is good, but lacks any sort of exciting new villains worth looking at.
- Rob Guillory draws some ok action scenes
- Story is boring and does little to advance the plot
- Tony’s sister is annoying
- Bad guys are generic