Chew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes

Chew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes

While Tony Chu - the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats - clings to life in a hospital ICU, his twin sister Toni steps up to take center stage. Toni is cibovoyant, able to see the future of anything she eats, and, lately, she's seeing some pretty terrible things. Presenting a new storyline of the New York Times Bestsellin...

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Title:Chew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes
Author:John Layman
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Edition Language:English

Chew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes Reviews

  • Sam Quixote

    After his near fatal beating in Volume 5, Tony Chu, cibopath (pronounced “see-bo-path”) is laid up in a hospital bed for the entirety of Volume 6 so John Layman puts his twin sister, Toni, in the spotlight. Toni is a cibovoyant (pronounced “see-bo-voyant” - I know, there’s a lotta odd words in this series) meaning she can take a bite of something living and see their futures.

    So we follow Toni as she helps her brother get revenge on his nemesis, a rival restauranteur; what happens when you mix f

    After his near fatal beating in Volume 5, Tony Chu, cibopath (pronounced “see-bo-path”) is laid up in a hospital bed for the entirety of Volume 6 so John Layman puts his twin sister, Toni, in the spotlight. Toni is a cibovoyant (pronounced “see-bo-voyant” - I know, there’s a lotta odd words in this series) meaning she can take a bite of something living and see their futures.

    So we follow Toni as she helps her brother get revenge on his nemesis, a rival restauranteur; what happens when you mix frogs and chickens - “chogs” - who then breed with psychedlic frogs; the strange case of Judy Heinz-Campbell; and what the vampire collector has been up to...

    Toni’s much more outgoing and her adventures, while similar to Tony’s, tend to be more successful as she’s more capable than her cannibalistic brother. I love Tony but Toni’s her own character which is gravy. Layman does a great job of giving her a rich backstory with numerous funny flashbacks so that by the end of the book, the effect is more gut-wrenching. But I don’t want to spoil it for you.

    This book is hilarious! “Chew” has always been a comedic series but “Space Cakes” is the funniest this series has been in a while. Remember that character from earlier, Poyo the Fighting Cock? Well all I can say is that Layman must’ve grown up watching “The Six Million Dollar Man” and thought, man I wish Steve Austin was a chicken, because Poyo basically becomes the Bionic Man, er, chicken! Poyo gets his own one-shot issue, “Secret Agent Poyo”, and it’s so funny, from the cover where he’s wearing a tux, Bond-style, to the numerous add-ons and gadgets he’s been grafted with. There’s even a sequence in Hell where Poyo beats up the Devil! “Space Cakes” takes Poyo as a side character and turns him into one of the main attractions of this series. By the end of the book, you’ll love this crazy bird like I do.

    I know I say this about every “Chew” book but damn Rob Guillory can draw! His style is unique and brilliant, drawing the characters cleanly and detailed with a perfect balance of colour and an uncanny command of facial expression. If you look closely at the panels, you’ll see all kinds of “easter eggs”, like the sequence in Hell where there are photos of the usual suspects, Hitler, Bin Laden, etc., and then, prominently placed, there’s a picture of Michael Bay!

    And John Layman - what else is there to say about this guy? He’s doing everything right, hitting all the right buttons, building upon and expanding this strange and brilliant world into something even more extraordinary than it already is. His characterisations and plotlines are spot on, I don’t think he can write a bad issue for this series, he just knows exactly what he’s doing.

    If you’re not reading “Chew”, you need to start NOW! For the already-converted, Volume 6 doesn’t disappoint, until the end when you reach the final page and realise you’ve got to wait several more months until the next book. “Space Cakes” is fantastic, “Chew” is amazing, well done guys, keep them coming - the world needs more Poyo!

  • Melki

    With Chu convalescing in the hospital, (someone has thoughtfully brought him a "Sux 2 Be You" balloon bearing a frowny face), it's up to sister Toni to take up the slack.

    This volume is packed with good stuff, including an exploding meat suit (GaGa go boom!), toad-licking, a plague of livestock raining from the heavens, POYO! the "bionic" rooster strutting his stuff, and a real shocker of an ending.

    I'm completely taken with the so-ugly-they're-cute Chogs - (cross a chicken with a frog) - pictured

    With Chu convalescing in the hospital, (someone has thoughtfully brought him a "Sux 2 Be You" balloon bearing a frowny face), it's up to sister Toni to take up the slack.

    This volume is packed with good stuff, including an exploding meat suit (GaGa go boom!), toad-licking, a plague of livestock raining from the heavens, POYO! the "bionic" rooster strutting his stuff, and a real shocker of an ending.

    I'm completely taken with the so-ugly-they're-cute Chogs - (cross a chicken with a frog) - pictured on the cover. If the novelty stuffed-toy industry doesn't start producing tons of these things, they're outta their minds. Seriously. You might be lookin' at the next "Hello Kitty."

  • Mike

    Tony's sister is weird. Not her extra-sensory power (which, as another food-related variant on the cibopathic brother, allows her to sense the future of anything that she consumes if it's still alive - such as her boss, whose shoulder she chomps after a...personal moment), but in how chipper and nearly oblivious she is to negative events and conversations around her. Almost as if she's immune to negativity - which would be an amazing superpower on its own.

    Poyo is an obvious favourite - he's made

    Tony's sister is weird. Not her extra-sensory power (which, as another food-related variant on the cibopathic brother, allows her to sense the future of anything that she consumes if it's still alive - such as her boss, whose shoulder she chomps after a...personal moment), but in how chipper and nearly oblivious she is to negative events and conversations around her. Almost as if she's immune to negativity - which would be an amazing superpower on its own.

    Poyo is an obvious favourite - he's made out to be every Schwarzenegger-invincible, determined, on-the-side-of-right anti-hero figure we all come to root for. He's Wolverine with feathers. Getting his own one-off story in the middle of this book takes it from another good book from Layman & Guillory to the level of the Dr. Dinosaur issue in Atomic Robo, or the Doop issue in Wolverine and The X-Men.

    I love that the creators continue to dream up new ways to expand the borders of what's possible in their universe - not just coasting on the few ideas they started with, but stretching the food/oral power set available and continuing with their own Dr. Moreau-style genetic experiments on the fauna available. I won't spoil it but you have some new weirdness to look forward to.

    I love the little moments too, like the trip-induced version of Caesar and Mason, or the super doe-eyes on Toni when she needs something.

    Quite a stunning ending too. Not exactly a twist, but still a helluva way to make sure we come back for book 7. I'll be there - meet me at the corner of Trippy & Hilarity. I'll be the one wearing socks and a bowler.

    I need to talk about Guillory's art again - there's something so damned expressive about his characters, and not even in a crudely-drawn, amateur way. His art is exaggerated, sure, but there's almost nothing I've seen in his character work that isn't good for the story and enjoyment. He doesn't waste time on flourishes that some artists put in to show off, or to pleasure themselves. Even his flashback-to-childhood sequence is beautiful - just filled with simple flourishes as you'd expect from memories of childhood. Gorgeous.

  • Jedi JC Daquis

    Okay, something huge happened in this volume. I won't spoil it to you guys!

    Chew Chew Chew, why are you always fun to read? With six volumes, you have never failed to bore me and volume 6 may be the funniest of them all! And it may be the most lighthearted as well, given that Toni (Tony's twin sister) steps up the stage as the main character in this volume. Toni's personality is genuinely golden and lighthearted and I love the way she is utterly happy with her powers as compared with Tony's (not

    Okay, something huge happened in this volume. I won't spoil it to you guys!

    Chew Chew Chew, why are you always fun to read? With six volumes, you have never failed to bore me and volume 6 may be the funniest of them all! And it may be the most lighthearted as well, given that Toni (Tony's twin sister) steps up the stage as the main character in this volume. Toni's personality is genuinely golden and lighthearted and I love the way she is utterly happy with her powers as compared with Tony's (not to blame him in fairness) sometimes total disgust with what he can do.

    The totally huge thing happened right after the page with this panel.

    Poyo is a clear winner in this volume. He has his own special issue where he trashed Satan and all his minions! That, my friends is a craaaazy pitch-perfect badassery.

    I love all the small funny details in this volume - the background wrtitings, photos and implied jokes really crack me up. Keep them coming!

  • karen

    *this one already had a kinda sorta review, so i am adding my form-letter review and pictures to the end, but i'm keeping the squawking at the top because i still feel this pain.*

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???

    i don't know how you comic book people do it, writing consistently interesting reviews of these things without getting either bogged down or burned out. i still haven't reviewed volumes 2-5 of this because i never know what to say and i'd rather keep reading 'em to see what happens next than

    *this one already had a kinda sorta review, so i am adding my form-letter review and pictures to the end, but i'm keeping the squawking at the top because i still feel this pain.*

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???

    i don't know how you comic book people do it, writing consistently interesting reviews of these things without getting either bogged down or burned out. i still haven't reviewed volumes 2-5 of this because i never know what to say and i'd rather keep reading 'em to see what happens next than to slow down and try to discuss a part of a story that's still happening. but THIS one, something definitely needs to be said...

    i just read a bunch of reviews of this on here and - was there a memo? DID WE AGREE TO JUST NOT TALK ABOUT IT?? OR EVEN FREAKING

    TO IT??? AM I THE ONLY ONE FREAKING OUT HERE???

    i guess so. suffice it to say, something happens in this one that surprised me.

    and this is

    why i've tried to make sure i have one volume on deck in-house before reading one of these. and this is - naturally - the one time i failed. and now i have to wait until wednesday to buy the next one (next

    - i learn from my mistakes) to see what is going to happen now.

    AAAARRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!

    as promised, this again:

    i burned through all ten published volumes of this series in a matter of months, and while i managed

    , i am overwhelmed by the thought of going back and reviewing volumes 2-10, trying to recapture that innocent mindset that didn't know what happened in subsequent volumes and trying to stay within the lines of the volume i'd be reviewing.

    my hat is off to you serial comic book/graphic novel reviewers who are able to consistently churn out smart, comprehensive, and entertaining reviews that manage to discuss the book itself as well as its place within the larger universe of the series or character's existence.

    i can't do that. i read these so compulsively and so quickly - like jamming cookies into a mouth that was already crammed with cookies - that it's just too much road to backtrack and too many metaphors to mix and since i have so many other books that i have to review, i'm going to take a totally cheap opt-out review path and just post pictures from each book that i enjoy for reasons pertaining to the plot, or just cuz i like the damn pictures.

    and maybe now that i have to wait a couple of months until volume 11 comes out, i'll be able to do that one proper review-style, but right now - too full of stress and anxiety and just wanting to make this stack of books needing reviews go down LGM.

    all leading up to this

    which is the sound of my heart breaking

  • Sesana

    Wow. Talk about taking things up a notch. Tony spends this volume in the hospital, recovering from the events of the previous volume. So his twin sister Toni takes over as protagonist, just for this book. It's a nice change. I like Tony well enough, but Toni is a much more fun character to follow. She's far more cheerful, far less long-suffering, and probably smarter and more capable than him. Following her around was a lot of fun. Which made the ending that much more of a kick to the stomach. I

    Wow. Talk about taking things up a notch. Tony spends this volume in the hospital, recovering from the events of the previous volume. So his twin sister Toni takes over as protagonist, just for this book. It's a nice change. I like Tony well enough, but Toni is a much more fun character to follow. She's far more cheerful, far less long-suffering, and probably smarter and more capable than him. Following her around was a lot of fun. Which made the ending that much more of a kick to the stomach. I didn't see it coming until the last issue, and it's made the overarching conflict that much more personal. Well done.

  • Cheese

    Great fun to read.

    So brilliantly funny throughout and POYO! What a legend!

    Long live POYO!

  • Roy

    This just gets more random and random with hints of the larger story still at play. It doesnt seem to have the same liner plotlines of the earlier volumes, although its loosely similar. Great story though

  • Dan Schwent

    With Tony laid up in the ICU, his friends have their hands full. Can Toni, Colby, Poyo, and Valenzano pick up the slack?

    Yeah, that's not a precisely accurate teaser but I didn't want to spoil anything.

    There's a lot going on in this book. I think sticking Tony in the hospital for a few issues was the spark this book needed. While the bird flu conspiracy hasn't advanced, the subplot involving the vampire has quite a bit.

    Toni gets quite a bit of character development and her past is explored a bit.

    With Tony laid up in the ICU, his friends have their hands full. Can Toni, Colby, Poyo, and Valenzano pick up the slack?

    Yeah, that's not a precisely accurate teaser but I didn't want to spoil anything.

    There's a lot going on in this book. I think sticking Tony in the hospital for a few issues was the spark this book needed. While the bird flu conspiracy hasn't advanced, the subplot involving the vampire has quite a bit.

    Toni gets quite a bit of character development and her past is explored a bit. The partnership between Colby and Poyo was more entertaining than I thought it would be. I wasn't crazy about the Poyo solo story but it still had its moments.

    Much like with the last volume, the ending was a shocker that made me want to read the next one immediately. I can't imagine reading this one in singles. It reads a lot better in collections.

    That's about all I have to say. The status quo has been disrupted and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. Space Cakes was the kick in the ass the series needed to get back on track. Four out of five stars.

  • Mel

    The worst one so far. The plot progression just doesn't exist in these middle volumes. Really disappointed with where it's gone. BUT I still like them and find them entertaining enough to continue on.

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