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Chew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts (Chew #11-15)

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Things are looking up for Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. He's got a girlfriend. He's got a partner he trusts. He even seems to be getting along with his jerk boss. But his ruthless ex-partner is still out there, operating outside of the law, intending to make good on his threats against Tony and e...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Image Comics (first published January 1st 2010)
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StoryTellerShannon
In this volume Chu tracks down an exclusive club called Just Desserts and takes Amelia Mintz along, too. The Poyo investigation continues as does a new chicken substitute which is tied into so much more than it appears. We also get to learn a bit more about Chu's family background as well as his crazy ex girlfriend. Mason Savoy is back and it turns out he knew the bird-flu outbreak was going to happen before it did. From this point on this review will be somewhat similar to my review of the prev...more
Melki
I was all ready to slap on four stars, then right at the end of the book, we meet Chu's very weird family as they gather for a "traditional" Thanksgiving meal. Ding, ding, ding! Let's start the family feud!
Kurt
I love this gory, quirky, mysterious little series, and I especially love that this collection returns to the relatively straightforward police procedural stuff that worked so well in the first volume. I liked volume two, but it was an unwelcome change of setting for me, and a veering off into monster movie and sci-fi themes, when this book works best at its most grounded. This volume, in which Tony begins a romantic relationship (complete with hilarious/disturbing flashbacks to a prior relation...more
Ronyell
Chew

Introduction:

After reading the first two volumes of John Layman’s “Chew” series, my interest in this series just keeps rising every time I picked up a new volume! Now, I had finally read the third volume of the “Chew” series called “Chew: Just Desserts Volume Three” and this volume was just as good as the previous two volumes! Being an Eisner Award and Harvey Award winning series, “Chew” so far has definitely deserved the praise it has received over the years!

What is this story about?

In this...more
Mike
Still enjoying this series immensely. The storyline still takes unexpected twists and turns, the characters still have unplumbed depths to reveal, and the art continues to make me smile at how fun and energetic it is.

This book better have a long future ahead of it, because I think I'm in love.

I love the interplay between Savoy and his partner (the Samuel L. Jackson lookalike). I love the Poyo scenes. I like the blooming relationship between Tony and Amelia, though I'd like it better if Amelia wa...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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jess
Even though this is the third book and the action is slower, I am still really invested in Tony Chu's story.

Chew takes place in a future America where 23 million citizens have died from avian flu and all chicken has been outlawed. When chickens are outlawed, only outlaws will have chickens. Thus, this is the story of Tony Chu, a detective who is also a cibopath, who uses his special powers to unravel particularly gruesome mysterious. (Note: A cibopath detects psychic impressions from everything...more
Justin
The Eisner Award-winning and Harvey Comics Award-winning series continues with JUST DESSERTS, but readers might find this chapter in the ongoing adventures of a cibopathic homicide detective a little less appetizing than the series initially proved.

USA Today calls the series "incredibly fun," and they've got that right. Unfortunately, what started out as a one-trick pony that, by the end of Volume 1 of the series, suggested that there might be something more unique to the ongoing plot than the "...more
Sam Quixote
In this volume, Tony Chu and Amelia Mintz start to date seriously and explore the dining delights of their city much to the detriment of illegal meat traffickers, while we catch up with Mason Savoy's goings-on since his disappearance in the first book. Throw in a psychotic chicken, a siege, a unique Thanksgiving dinner, and a mysterious energy beam, and you have another strong book in this superb, underrated series.

Rob Guillory's art continues to be superb, even getting better by the issue. The...more
Gavin
This may be the volume where Chew jumps to a new level of great. Tony and Amelia are dating now, his partner Colby has his back, and things are starting to go well. Then of course, a face from the past comes back, and it's a little more complicated than we would think. The sheer ridiculous nature of the story makes it much easier for the writer to focus more on the characterization of Tony and the other main characters. We also get a big intro into the rest of the Chu family beyond Chow, includi...more
Vesmé
*finishes reading*
*stands up slowly*
*puts on sunglasses while a camera does a 360 around me*
Shit just got real.

My favorite volume so far. I really liked that (view spoiler)

I really liked getting to meet Chu's family, really enjoyed that (view spoiler)...more
zxvasdf
Except for a select few, I don't buy comic books anymore. It's gotten way complicated in my favorite Marvel stories that I've started to turn my eye towards indie publications. So far I've relished Matt Fraction's Casanova, Stokoe's Orc Stain, and now Chew...

It's obviously a labor of love for this partnership of Layman and Guillory. Both have as much invested in this predicted sixty issue run. Guillory's pen is the perfect match for LAyman's diabolical scripting. This teamwork could be as career...more
Rach
Another fun volume. I love getting to know these characters more, and digging deeper into the mystery that is the bird flu and the chicken prohibition.

I'm still loving this art. One of the things I haven't mentioned before that I appreciate are all the little background details in each panel. This is such a rich, well-developed world, and every inch if every panel supports the story and world-building with little things like posters on the walls and things sitting on desks. Of course, I also sti...more
78sunny
Da es sich hier um den dritten Band einer Reihe handelt, werde ich nichts zum Inhalt sagen. Wenn euch interessiert, um was es in dieser absolut einzigartigen und genialen Reihe geht, dann lest bitte meine Rezi zu Band 1.

Die Zeichnungen und der Inhalt an sich ist ziemlich makaber – wer Blut und ekelige Dinge nicht so ab kann, der sollte lieber vorsichtig sein. Es wird aber alles in einem extrem lustigen und sehr comiclastigen Stil vermittelt. Ich selbst bin ja eher ein Angsthase und mag nichts Ek...more
Andrea
You cannot not like POYO.
I really don't like how they portray Amelia Mintz as the whiny girlfriend in this book. She appeared to be an independent woman in the previous novels and she has her career as a writer. We hardly see them interacting in their relationships but when we do she is upset because he has to go to work. It's just too cliche for me to accept coming from this book series where everyone seems to take all their careers seriously even if Agent Chu "hates" his job. We get to learn m...more
Mambabasang Miong
POYO!

The series has gone way over the top. It has the same raucously funny, violently charming comic series that you love since the first issue, there are no bland panels and filler story feelings. Chew has consistently been freakishly good.

There are two nice points that make Chew Volume 3: Just Desserts stand out from its past two volumes. First is that unexpectedly, there is a genuinely serious portion in this collection. It was less than a page short, but very powerful.

Then the other one need...more
Hakim
Most issues collected in "Just Desserts" are on par with the best issues of the series I've read so far, in terms of writing. Chew's creative team (John Layman and the amazing Rob Guillory) have a lot of tricks up their sleeves, and it feels like they're only scratching the surface.
Plot-wise, after the madness of International Flavor, we get to learn more about Tony Chu, his family and some of his past acquaintances. The intriguing dynamics between Chu and his family members are the definite hig...more
Tippy Jackson
Still most amusing. In particular, I love all of the signs he has posted on walls in the background. Still not much news about the vampire. We learn some more about Tony and his family. The story of his first ex girlfriend was hilarious.
Kari Ramirez
I felt like this was a volume full of background. There wasn't much of a specific plot going around, but certain things were revisited and we get more background on Tony. There's the rooster from International Flavor, Mason shows up for a second, we meet his previous partner and Tony's family (he has a lot of siblings!). There's not a specific case in this volume, just either wrapping things up or connecting the dots to other cases.

I've become quite attached to Tony at this point nonetheless so...more
Michael Church
This was a highlight for me. The characters really have come into their own now and the relationships are making sense and becoming three dimensional. I felt like we already had that with Tony and Savoy, but now it's coming through with Amelia and Colby too. There was an especially great moment when Amelia tells Tony, while on a date and after yelling at him before for putting too much emphasis on work, to go take care of whats happening. It's little things like that, especially when illustrated...more
Rachel Searcey
I feel that this third volume really dropped off in quality, and mostly with the character development and the story. I found myself very confused about what was going on a lot of the time. There were characters that should have been introduced way earlier in the story, because their sudden introduction was kind of jarring, in an unpleasant way. There seem to be double agents everywhere, and it's getting confusing. No development was made concerning The Vampire, Savoy, or with Chu's girlfriend.

I...more
MissAnnThrope
01 December 2012

Rating: * * * * 1/2

Fan-fricken-tastic! Chew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts is my favorite volume in this series so far. It had me laughing out loud so much that I started getting strange looks from people.

Some of the funniest moments are in the background artwork, so do pay attention to that or you'll miss out on some of the fun.

John Colby absolutely steals the show with his wisecracking humor. He has been my favorite from the first volume, and he just gets better and better.

This was so...more
P D
The relatively sedate action in this volume is more than made up for with the last chapter: finding out where it all went wrong, also known as meeting Tony's family.

The events of Vol 2 are fairly wrapped up, excepting a certain vicious chicken and a certain broken jaw. A brief bust -and first date - transition into a more full time relationship, which means less running after crooks and more time for the girlfriend.

Which would work a lot better if a certain rogue ninja/Colonel Sanders cross were...more
Kate
Chu & Amelia Mintz's relationship is going pretty well, but can it survive a family gathering with the entire Chu family? Meanwhile Chu's partner goes after Savoy and a bionic fighting rooster.

I enjoyed the Pulp Fiction-esque cover for the rooster issue, and it was certainly interesting to see the Chu family dynamics... Chu has a fraternal twin sister?? Chu's ex... not sure what happened there, but I'm certainly curious!
Kayla Eklund
Just Desserts was probably my least favorite volume in the series so far. It was boring. Not a lot of plot advancement happened. I was happy to see Mason Savoy again, even if it was only briefly. It was also interesting seeing Tony's family, especially certain members. The ending of this volume was very weird. It left me kind of confused. I'm interested to see where the story line goes next.
Sabrina
this book can be described in one word. Awkward. awkward first date, awkward introductions, awkward findings and awkward family gatherings. loved this one the best so far! I loved the introduction to the family and finding the toe in the freezer...how awkward. ..see what I mean...I loved masons part in the series as an antagonist...this series is so strange
Khara
Chew, Volume 3 includes Chew issues #11-15. I LOVED Chew, Volume 1. It was an amazingly unique concept and I thought it was a really interesting "what if" look on the world. The characters were fresh and not something we've all seen a hundred times, it was simply magical. Volume 2 made me seriously consider dropping the series right there. Ultimately, I decided I loved Volume 1 enough to give Volume 3 a chance at redemption... and redemption is has certainly achieved. Volume 3 went back to all t...more
Félix Soto
Cada vez me gusta más el cómic. Me saca unas risas que casi hacen ahogarme jajajaj. Y la historia cada vez se pone más interesante. Aunque creo que necesito ir un poco más despacio. Si no, pronto me quedaré sin que leer y tendré que esperar a la publicación del cómic.(¿Spoiler?) ¿Por qué rayos esa tipa se cortaría un dedo para darselo a alguien?
Hephaestus
Hephaestus' rating system:

5 Stars: The book went above and beyond my expectations, delivering a tremendous literary understanding while not sacrificing the pacing of a compelling story.

4 Stars: The book was everything I had hoped it would be, delivering a terrific story while not blowing my mind.

3 Stars: The book was average - which does NOT mean bad. The book may have been well written, but the story was nothing special.

2 Stars: The book was below average. It did not meet my expectations and...more
Hassinger
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