‘Chu’ #9 gives us a good deal more backstory on Saffron Chu while also setting up a showdown in the making as Saffron makes plans. And drinks.
Writer John Layman and artist Dan Boultwood deliver another fun issue of Chu as our eponymous hero is faced with a blast from the past pointing a gun to her head. But to a very informative flashback and we’re all caught up. And then some.
In the aforementioned flashback sequence we get to learn how Saffron Chu turned to crime as a career in the first place. But, one has to admit after reading this issue, she is very good at it.
By this point – and nine issues in – Chu is very much a different kind of beast to its predecessor, Chew, but has the very same goodness, dark humour and non-linear narrative that were all cornerstones in Tony Chu’s adventures. And, like Chew, this series delivers on surprises that derail what anyone would expect from a comic book that started off as a heist caper.
Boultwood’s art continues to be a great fit with the cartoon-like world Layman has established where anything can happen, and usually does in this genre-breaking penultimate instalment of the most recent story-arc.
Chu #9 is out Wednesday 27th October from Image Comics