Writer John Layman crafts another cunningly clever misadventure for Saffron Chu in Chu #7. This time around, Saffron, her crappy boyfriend Eddie Molay, and her senile grampy muscle up a team of miscellaneous felons to help Saffron steal a two-hundred-year-old wine that is set to sell at an exclusive auction. The plan is set. What could go wrong? In the Chuniverse, everything.
Chu #7 picks up from the closing events of number six, where we saw Saffron learn about a super-secret auction happening where an antique bottle of wine potentially worth millions will be sold. This issue sees Saffron work with another group of criminals with a particular set of skills Eddie hires to pull off their wine heist, such as Monsieur Patissier, a chef who makes deadly baked goods. What follows is a hysterical journey that leads to insane auction bidding, a tangent of fistfights, and a whole lot more.
What’s always great about Layman’s writing is that no two issues ever feel the same. Chu reads like a television series, and you can’t wait to see what happens next to this insanely zany bunch of characters. It’s indicative of Layman’s fine attention to detail — tidbits of information that he gave us in previous entries show back up in later issues. For example, the closing of the first arc showed us that Saffron acquired many new abilities while she was behind bars.
So far in the second arc, we get to see Saffron tap into those powers in brilliant ways. It’ll be interesting to see how she utilizes each of the gifts she gained in prison to get herself out of jams or doublecrosses like in the previous issue. So far, I like where the story is headed and have accepted that Eddie Molay continues to use his girlfriend to get what he wants. Even the grandpa gets to help in this one, so it was a blast to read another fun-filled issue.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Dan Boultwood, the artist who helps bring this series to life. Chu #7 continues to display Dan’s unique ability to take on so many different characters and insert his cartoony yet distinctive detail that readers love so much. A favorite of mine is Madame Countrefaire, who is a wine label forger. Aside from that, Boultwood creates amazing layouts through this issue, and the background environments make every panel pop.
Chu #7 is another fun, entertaining, and engaging entry to the series. Saffron is well on her way to being a bonafide badass who seems to enjoy the thrill of being a criminal. Only time will tell if her confidence will finally meet its match. If you’re looking for a comic that’ll make you laugh while providing a hell of a good time, look no further than Chu #7.
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