Review: Chew: The Smorgasbord Edition, Volume 3 by John Layman

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Review: Chew: The Smorgasbord Edition, Volume 3 by John LaymanChew: The Smorgasbord Edition Volume 3 by John Layman
on July 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humorous, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Kim
4 Stars

Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.

Presenting the third and final CHEW Smorgasbord, a massive, deluxe hardcover featuring the final 20 issues New York Times Best Selling, Harvey and multiple Eisner Award-winning series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals, and clairvoyants. Enemies are confronted, mysteries are solved, and the body count rises, so very, very high.

CHEW has never been a book for the weak-stomached. There is no way of getting around the fact that our main character eats the corpses of villains and victims in order to solve crimes. He doesn’t always wait until they are dead, either. It’s twisted, hilarious and heart-breaking all at the same time.

This is the final volume of the SMORGASBORD EDITIONS and the end of the series. I’ve  read quite a few issues from the start of the series, but there were enough flashbacks and exposition to catch up anyone picking up this 600 page behemoth.

The series ends with a bang, with beloved characters being axed and food-based super powers of all kinds being exposed. Mashed-potato golems, chocolate swords and gelatin based communication are just the beginning. Each of these powers is named and described in scientific terms, adding to the eloquent and humorous writing style.

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One of my favourite parts of this series, apart from the food-powers, is the timing. The story is often told slightly out of order in order to heighten the comedic and dramatic effect. Whether to mislead the reader or to build anticipation for someone’s bottom half being replaced by the body of a robotic horse, glimpses into the past and future fit in really well with the overarching, world-altering, chicken-based story of the end of the world.

If you can stomach the violence and the puns, CHEW is an oddly heartfelt book that will leave you guessing until the final page. Just make sure you avoid poultry.

Series Titles:
  1. Chew: Smorgasbord Edition, Volume 1
  2. Chew: Smorgasbord Edition, Volume 2
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  • For more delightfully messed up tales that toe the line between horror and humour, try Double Dead by Chuck Wendig, Spread by Justin Jordan or Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse by Ben Templesmith.
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