Chew #s 1 & 2
Writer/Letters: John Layman
Artist/Colors/Cover artist: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $2.99 US each
If one were to look at John Layman’s recent works (Puffed, Tek Jansen, Army of Darkness/Xena), it would be easy to view him as something of an oddball comics writer (aren’t they all?! Haw! [rimshot]). Well, this latest effort isn’t going to change that impression one bit, and that’s a good thing. Layman brings a twisted perspective to storytelling that’s definitely unlike the majority of crime or genre fiction. Chew blends a dark, compelling crime-fiction atmosphere, biting political satire and over-the-top, absurdist humor to arrive at an entertaining and surprisingly compelling bit of storytelling that almost defies description. Rob Guillory’s exaggerated artwork mirrors the unusual tone of the script and plot perfectly. While his figures are far from familiar or grounded in appearance, they reflect the distorted, disturbing nature of the premise and plot points nicely.