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Chewie versus the Marvel Universe!
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And now for something a little different! This week, Viz Media is releasing the complete print collection of Marvel Meow strips by Nao Fuji. The series consists of gag manga starring Captain Marvel’s cat-like alien Chewie. Don’t worry if you don’t know who that is; for all intents and purposes this is just a book about a cat being cute in the vicinity of superheroes. But is it good?
Structurally the book is divided up into four parts, with Chewie encountering different heroes in each. In the first she meets various members of the Avengers and in the second she bonds with the X-Men. The third and fourth sections aren’t as strictly divided, but most of the third involves sci-fi heroes while the fourth focuses primarily on street level heroes ala Spider-Man. At the end of each section there are also a few informational pages giving one sentence summaries of who the characters are. It’s a feature that even many Marvel fans are likely to utilize at least once or twice since the book features some deep cut characters like Glob Herman and Galacta.

Composition-wise, most of the comics are single pagers with around six to nine panels in a standard square grid. Fuji utilizes this format well with consistent, steady pacing that keeps most of the events clear and easy to follow. It’s when this format is deviated from that the action gets a bit more confusing and/or simply less funny, however. A prime example of this is the Captain America and Winter Soldier comic which, in trying to fit the humor into more of a typical action setup and layout, fails to successfully execute either aspect particularly well. It’s not terrible by any means, it just lacks the successful comedic timing that’s consistent across most of the rest of the book.

'Marvel Meow' review: A cat's eye view of the Marvel Universe • AIPT - AIPT
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‘Marvel Meow’ review: A cat’s eye view of the Marvel Universe
‘Marvel Meow’
Marvel Meow is sure to be an enjoyable read for both Marvel fans and fans of cute animal comics in general.
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The grid panel structure is utilized effectively
The humor is consistently charming throughout
Chewie’s adventures are tailored to match the heroes in question
When the manga deviates from its usual composition style the pacing and humor tend to fall flat
8.5
Great

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