Writer: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Just Desserts, which includes issues 11-15 of Chew, ends extremely well. This collection does not have a self-contained story as the previous volume did (review here; and for Volume One, go here). Instead, we get loads of character development for the protagonist, Tony Chu. His romance with Amelia Mintz advances most pleasingly. We learn about his crazy ex-girlfriend and, in the last chapter, his family. The best is saved for very last (don't worry, not really spoiling anything). On the final three pages, we first get something weird in the sky - don't even know what it is yet but I certainly want to know, need to know - then a new character who instantly changes the landscape of the entire narrative.
This guy's good.
As explained in previous posts, part of Chew's appeal for me is the food powers various characters possess. We get another new one in Just Desserts, though it's not named. A man, hired by a gangster as a food-taster, sits in a diner booth, rattling off the list of ingredients for each morsel he eats: "thiamin hydrochloride, hydrolized soy protien, mono-sodium glutamate..."