John Layman has made it very clear that readers aren’t ready for the horror to come, which is both exciting and terrifying. He is clearly a student of Vonnegut’s “Be a sadist. No matter how sweet or innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them – so that the reader may see what they are made of.” philosophy. Despite being a comedy, each and of the main characters has experience tremendous loss. For some it was having his face cleaved off, for others it was much more serious. After all the laughs and heartbreak, we are finally in the home stretch. Only 17 issues remain, and Chew 43, sadly, feels like the beginning of the end.
This installment revolves around Olive and Mason. I don’t want to spoil anything that happens, because it’s an important issue. It’s not one of the “case of the week” issues (Though, there is a Poyo spread, which is pretty sweet), there is development to the central plot that will likely effect the remainder of the series. For those of you who stalk Layman on twitter, his recent warnings were not unwarranted, and if he is being as honest about the next issue as he was about this one – I don’t think any of us are ready for what comes next.
Story aside, Guillory planted some pretty great easter eggs, including, but not limited to: Conan the Barbarian, The Cosby Show, Portal, Jurassic Park, and the upcoming Image title Punks.
Chew 43 is available for purchase today, Wednesday 9/24