This week Image Comics drops the final one-shot adventure of the hell ruling rooster, Poyo. Writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory really did try to end this epic on a bang, but fell just short of that. Rob did a fantastic job on the art, but John’s story this time around was just a little sporadic for my taste.
From the first few pages, it is all too clear to how awesome Rob Guillory can be. Going from a fantastical back story of Poyo, to a children’s book, and landing in an Exorcist parody was nothing, but a clear display of his talent. All of his panels were a ton of fun as well, packed with weird Easter eggs and strange interpretations of St. Nick. There were a couple of moments, however, where a page or two would not feel apart of this story, like the transition from a Christmas village to Poyo locked in a cosmic combat. Though this seems more like a problem with the script, than Rob’s art.
As stated before, John had a lot riding on his shoulders for this issue to be big. While he did do a great job sticking to the fantastical world of Chew, something about this issue just felt off. Sticking a Christmas story in the middle of a child’s demonic possession just did not seem well-connected, or thought out.
In the end, John mocks his own plot and leaves the readers with the moral of the trilogy, giving some decent resolution for deal ol’ Poyo. Oh, and he did do a killer job of turning that Christmas story into a poem. That, coupled with the vibrant art of Rob, definitely made this final issue unique. Unfortunately, uniqueness does not imply quality. If you are addicted to Chew, or this trilogy, definitely grab this, but otherwise I would wait until the digital version goes on sale. I give Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo #1 2.5 out of 5 stars.