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Chew Volume 5: Major League - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published June 28th 2018
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Special Agent Tony Chu is a cibopath, who is able to get psychic impressions from anything he eats. In Volume 5, Chu's boss finally gets what he wants and has both Chew and his cyborg partner, John, transferred out of the FDA. Tony finds himself in the traffic division of the police department, wearing a uniform that for some reason includes a kilt, and looking, in his own words "like a jackass". However, the new job brings another new experience for Chu- a boss who actually respects and appreciates him. Unfortunately, knowing Chu's luck, this can't last long.

At the end of the last volume, Tony's daughter, Olive was abducted by Mason Savoy (Tony's former mentor), who believes she possesses the same ability as her father and wants to train her. Now Tony is trying to get Caesar, his friend in the FDA to help find her. Caesar knows exactly where she is but isn't letting on, since he is in league with Savoy and busy dealing with a case of his own involving evil mind controlling coffee.

Meanwhile, over at the USDA, John finds his new job "sucks syphilitic monkey balls", and he has been partnered with a cyborg lion named Buttercup. From the title and cover, you may be wondering how baseball comes into it. The short answer is "disgustingly". The slightly longer answer is "not until chapter 3". It gets there, but I don't want to spoil too much. The writers manage to cram a lot of plot into just five issues of the comic or one trade paperback volume.

There are a couple of new food-related superpowers revealed in this volume. There is an 'Effervinductor', who can put messages into milk foam, the creator of the aforementioned evil coffee. Then there is a 'Xocosculpere', a man with the ability to sculpt chocolate, and only chocolate, into anything, with "such accuracy and verisimilitude that anything he crafts can exactly mirror its real-life counterpart", making it possible to make functioning weapons out of chocolate.

There is also some more character development. It's great to see Olive finally start to come into her own and actually get to do some stuff, in a comic that is otherwise mainly dominated by male characters. Amelia Mintz, Tony's girlfriend and a Saboscrivener (with the power to make people taste anything she describes) also get to kick some arse in this one.

Chew Volume. 5: Major League is funny, gruesome and complicated. The story continues in Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes.

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