John Layman and Rob Guillory are reviving their Image Comics title Chew for a special three-part crossover with Layman's other Image title, Outer Darkness. Scheduled to debut March 4, Layman will write the series - with Guillory and Outer Darkness' Afu Chan drawing.
"In the years since finishing the final issue of Chew, the urge to return to the world and its characters has been slowly but steadily growing within me. But I had no interest in returning to some generic ‘Untold Case Files of Tony Chu’ type of story," Layman said in the announcement. "I wanted to return with a story that goes somewhere new, and says something new about the characters. This crossover will do this."
"And Outer Darkness, believe it or not, is the ideal vehicle to tell this story," the writer continued. "Outer Darkness and Chew are two of my favorite books I’ve ever done, maybe the favorite books I’ve ever done, and probably the best too. Creatively, combining the two was a dream come true for me. This book is the peanut butter and chocolate of comic book crossovers."
A modern-day cop who has a form of telepathy with what he eats, and a 28th Century starship captain? Image is already calling it "the greatest crossover ever!" (Sorry, Image United...?)
"Returning to the Chew universe was always a no-brainer," said Guillory. "I mean, after 60+ issues of Tony Chu’s adventures, how could we not? It’s something longtime fans have clamored for since Chew’s end, and this crossover is the perfect excuse to dive back into the insane world John and I created. It’s the perfect ode to Chew, while highlighting the amazing work John and the insanely talented Afu Chan have been doing on Outer Darkness. It’s two great books that just taste great together."