Writter: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Poyo is one of the main characters in Chew. He was a prize-winning cock fighter saved by Tony Chu. Chu won a large amount of money thanks to Poyo. Poyo then went on to become a weapon for the USDA. He’s a chicken without any fear, which is ironic considering the negative connotations of calling someone a chicken. As time progressed, Poyo was given bio-mechanical implants. These have allowed him to take on greater tasks, some of them inter-dimensional.
This may very well be one of the funniest comics I have ever read. It’s completely ridiculous and unpredictable. A chicken that’s a hero? That’s more than enough to pique my interest, but it gets better. The villains he helps defend against are just as crazy. Sure, we’re used to seeing heroes save us or leaders from those doing evil. What happens when Poyo has to fight anthropomorphic food? Well, that’s exactly what John Layman shows us in this one shot. If I’m being honest here, and I am, I’m a little disappointed by the fact that we may not see more of Chicken Warrior Poyo’s adventures as shared in this story.
I’m really not sure what I was expecting when I began reading this book. I certainly wasn’t expecting Layman to write a story that would have me laughing from beginning to end. He didn’t use dumbed-down or silly humor either; this story is written in an intelligent way. Well, I am pretty sure Layman made up a couple words. They simply can’t be real. If they are, my apologies to him. The validity of words is not important at this moment though, the super amazing story that Layman has written is our focus. A lot of thought went into how this would play out. It’s easy to read and follow. Anyone would have no problem picking this up and understanding what’s going on. There’s even a small running joke about Poyo in this book.
The art is fun and whimsical. Rob Guillory added some references to other works of fiction. Now, I’m not sure if it was on purpose but Poyo reminds me of Seth Green’s Robot Chicken in appearance. Poyo also reminds me of Robotnic from Sonic the Hedgehog. Regardless of all of that, Guillory’s art could easily tell the story on it’s own. It may not be the exact same story, but it would be close. Layman did the lettering in the book as well as writing. I’m sure not sure if it was him or Guillory responsible for signage in this book, but it’s amazing. When you finish reading the book, go back and look at all of the signs in the artwork. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
I loved this one shot. Layman and Guillory worked together well on this book. It’s fun, granted not appropriate for kids. I mean, the language isn’t that bad, but there is a good share of violence. It’s a shame that this isn’t at the very least a mini series. If you have a great sense of humor and love references to other pop culture things that you spend your time obsessing over this is probably the book for you. Everyone enjoys laughter right?
“Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo” earns 9 / 10