“Just Desserts” collects “Chew” issues #11 to 15. It had a lot to live up to after the first two volumes and even though the art is as good, this book felt a bit like a filler issue to me.
Volume 3 explores Chu’s personal relationships from both the past and the present and also introduces his insane family. Although there is a story arc running through this volume it doesn’t pack the punch of the earlier volumes which made the book a less compelling read. It spends quite a bit of time tying up loose ends and filling in back story. There are some amusing “Quentin Tarrantino” style movie references that were really well done (especially the art) and these were highlights of the book. Sometimes things read better in “Trade” but I get the impression that this would have read better in single comic form. I am also not a great fan of comic books jumping around with flashbacks and the like. It may work on a movie like “Pulp Fiction” but often in comic book form it can be a little confusing or it hurts the flow of the story. In this book it isn’t too bad and at least they make it very clear where in time the part you are reading is set.
Rob Guillory’s art seems to be getting even better with each issue and is a real pleasure to look at . “Just Desserts” is still a great read but unfortunately it just doesn’t match the earlier stuff for inventiveness and compelling story. [ISBN-13: 978-1607063353] . 7/10
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