Chew is a favorite book of Obie's
Food powers are what's cool to him
Toni, not Tony, is fine for Obie
Toni gives Chow a helping hand
And if young Obie says he's happy
He must be happy
He must be happy with his books
In I,Vampire it's tough for Andrew
His army's stuck in the Utah plains
Sippin' on cows sucks for Mary
Van Helsing's comin' with a load of planes
|Obie enjoys a helping of|
Donist World cakes
Friday Slice of Heaven
Chow Chu is losing it. Not just his temper, but an auction to his nemesis, restauranteur, Barnabas Cremini, for a photorealistic painting that tastes as good as it looks. Meanwhile, Toni Chu (not Tony Chu, but his sister) just lost another boyfriend, this time her NASA partner, Paneer. It seems that significant others don't like to be bitten by Cibovoyants, like Toni, who have the ability to see the future when they bite into living people. Thankfully, there are positives to Cibovoyance as Toni divines Tony's fate after a single chomp. It's her other brother, Chow, who now has the problem as he enlists Toni to help him right a wrong committed by a certain restauranteur.
Another fantastically weird and fun issue of Chew and we readers are now up to date with the future issue. So, was this gimmick a success or a chicken lovin' failure? It's Chew. Of course it was a success and this issue leads into #27 just fine. Having been through the comicpacalypse of the '90s, I'm VERY hesitant anytime a gimmick is used to sell a book, but with Chew the creators know what they're doing and they do it well. Where was this book two decades ago when we needed it? When I needed it? In Chew anything is fair game whether inside the pages or out, and the creators expertly keep the reader guessing as to what comes next and to be excited for whatever it might be. So bring it Layman and Guillory! Bring on foil covers, Chew incentive trading cards, scratch and sniff stickers or a fried chicken dinner-flavored comic. I'll be there along with the other host of loyal fans. If you're not reading this comic, then you are missing out on THE most unique book on the stands and one of the best. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
|I, Vampire #9|
Last issue Andrew Bennett came back from the dead as seen in a completely different comic title that I actually did not buy. With his resurrection came a whole host of new powers and abilities that no one can hope to challenge, especially those in his vampire army that he has led to take up residence in the Utah desert. Andrew has promised his people that he would lead them to a better life, but old habits die hard and Andrew has forbidden the juvenile vampires from consuming anything but cow blood. Mary Queen of Blood is disapproves of her love's beliefs, while John and Tig request an audience with the Van Helsing group.
There you go, an issue with no guest appearances anywhere and with this comes a glimpse into the story that I believe Fialkov set out to tell since the beginning of the series...just way ahead of schedule. It was interesting to see Andrew's impressive new power set on display--especially with the two redneck knuckleheads...creepy--and also the confidence he has in dealing with his "loyal" subjects. The odd thing about this issue is that Andrew just gained this new army and already he is telling them that they cannot be vampires. Then there's Mary Queen of Blood who wholeheartedly threw in with Andrew again only to be surprised that he has not changed. Something is missing, namely a few issues to develop the renewed hope and trust only to see it all come crumbling down to lead into a confrontation between the two lovers. That said, I still enjoyed this issue and Sorrentino's gorgeous art (complemented by Marcelo Maiolo's lovely coloring) makes this issue shine. I have not given up on I, Vampire and I hope to see the story that Fialkov set out to tell and at the pace he wishes to tell it, without all of the interference from the capes and tights crowd. Let's hope DC allows that to happen. RECOMMENDED!
Other Heavenly Items:
|Drops of God, V. 3|
|Chocolate with Bacon?|
Slice Into the Woods
Beach Clean-Up - Yes, I know this has nothing to do with comics, but my day job gives its employees two volunteer days a year and I chose to do a beach clean-up at Hendry's beach. This is not the bad thing, actually quite the opposite. I was able to show up at the beach at 9:00 AM, pick-up trash for two and a half hours and then the rest of the day was mine. Not a bad deal at all, and I was able to pick up my comics a couple hours early. Win! The problem is that there has to be such a thing as a "Beach Clean-Up." Most of the trash that I gathered ended up being broken glass and cigarette butts. That's broken glass in the sand and cigarette butts everywhere. What is wrong with these morons leaving this crap behind for people and dogs to step on, or for the items to end up in the ocean to kill sea creatures large, microscopic and everything in between. The people leaving the trash are there to enjoy the beauty of the beach, swim in the ocean, or relax, and yet they are the ones destroying it. The kicker is that there are multitudes of trash bins at the parking lot. What worthless idiots. Fine the offenders into oblivion or give them mandatory community service. So sad.