Chew Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2009
The Short Version:
It’s an odd darkly humorous mystery series featuring Tony Chu is a cop who gets psychic impressions from what he eats.
Why I Read It:
I had heard that this series was weird but good and it sounded just odd enough to be something I’d like.
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-5 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
Special Introductory Price! Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He’s been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.
I knew going in that this one was going to be a little weird and a bit grotesque at times. I mean seriously, the publisher’s description tells you that Detective Tony Chu might have to nibble on the occasional corpse to figure out what happened.
I was right – this one was plenty odd but I enjoyed it and plan to continue with the series.
In Tony Chu’s world chicken is a black market money maker. Bird flu has made eating fowl illegal. At the beginning of the story Tony and his partner are on a stakeout to bust an illegal takeout chicken dinner joint. Things only get weirder from there and it’s a mix of action, mystery, conspiracy theory, and a bit of disgusting dining along the way.
Trust me. I know it sounds awful but it’s fun and funny and there’s even a bit of romance.
The artwork by Rob Guillory manages to keep the gross parts of the story from being too horrible and the action scenes are great. He even manages to convey plenty of humorous moments.
It’s not all blood and guts. It’s a fun story and a wacky premise but I’m hooked and can’t wait to get my hands on more of the series.