Chew : Taster's Choice v. 1 Paperback
by John Layman
- 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. - Collects CHEW #1-5.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Image Comics
- Publication Date: 25/11/2009
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781607061595
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Review by schatzi
I'd heard a lot of good things about Chew, and I was happy to discover that the comics are worthy of the hype. Chew is nothing like I've read before - part dark humor, part crime mystery, and part something else entirely - and it was a lot of fun to read. Tony Chu is a cop and a cibopath (he can eat anything and discover what had happened in its past), and he eventually joins the FDA once his unique gifts are discovered. The story is made more interesting by an alternate history involving avian (bird) flu and its repercussions. Great stuff here; I can't wait for the next trade.
Review by theforestofbooks
The single issues of this series have been a revelation, with the first printing a sell out. Reading the trade it isnt difficult to see why. It’s smart, funny and highly original all at once. Tony Chu is a cibopath, a person who receives the history of anything he eats. This leads detective, Tony Chu into some very weird eating scenarios which manages to be both amusing and a little unpalatable (for the reader if not Tony Chu!) This is a book of wonderfully dark and twisted storytelling supported with colourful characters and some intriguing plotlines. The comicy feel of the artwork is bright and punchy and fits the story perfectly. Very much looking forward to seeing where the storyline goes next.
Review by titania86
Meet Tony Chu. He is a cibopath, which is a fancy name for his ability of getting psychic impressions when he eats things. For instance when he eats an apple, he sees where it was picked, what pesticides were used on it, what tree it came from, etc. You can probably see why he doesn't like to eat meat, considering what he would see with every bite. The only food that doesn't leave a psychic impression is beets. After being caught eating a serial killer that killed himself instead of confessing his crimes, Tony was roped into working for the FDA, investigating some of the most bizarre crimes. This isn't the FDA of today; it has become the most powerful government law enforcement organization. This is because there was a bird flu that killed literally millions of people. This, of course, means that chicken is outlawed. Many people, including Tony's brother, believe this flu is just a cover for government nastiness. Will Tony stumble onto the truth behind the flu? Will he be able to restrain himself from killing his horrible, horrible boss?I really love this graphic novel. I first heard about it from a friend a while ago and was intrigued about the cibopath concept. I had no idea that it was actually a dystopic story. (I am such a sucker for those.) The story starts off in a very funny way. Tony and his idiotic police partner are staking out a chicken speakeasy to capture a murderer. The fact that chicken is outlawed really cracked me up, until later in the book when you find that they probably killed millions of people. There were so many things that made me laugh and were also very dark. If you have a twisted sense of humor, this is definitely a read for you.This novel was a mixture of so many things: crime drama, futuristic dystopia, romance, comedy, and action. This mix really makes this graphic novel stand out about most others that I've read. The story moved fluidly and I read it in about an hour. The art of Rob Guillory really complemented the story very well. It was surreal and cartoony, while still being beautiful and surprisingly detailed. The book ended with a surprising revelation. I can't wait until the next book comes out!
Review by brianjungwi
Chew Volume One: Taster’s Choice combines the first five issues of the Chew comic which is funny, disturbing, and overall enjoyable. Tony Chu is cibopathic, meaning he receives psychic impressions from the things that he eats. Tracing contraband chicken at a chicken speakeasy Tony discovers a serial killer who he repeatedly bites into to discover where missing bodies are buried. The consequence? He is recruited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which has become the most powerful law enforcement agency after bird flu devastates the population.As a special agent for the FDA, Tony Chu is partnered with another cibopath, Mason Savoy, who acts as his mentor. Chew plays the clichés of the typical buddy cop detective drama with the yelling boss, banter between partners, and strong streaks of sarcasm. While tracing a murder, Tony falls in love with a food reviewer whose power is in her pen. She can make people taste what she writes, and her current mission is to sicken people by visiting the worst restaurants in the city. The other supporting characters are interesting due to the book’s premise, and several story arcs are launched by the end of this volume.Brief scenes of cannibalism and munching on other non – delectables combined with a twisted sense of humor define the tone for Chew. The dystopic future is rife with conspiracy. Chicken is outlawed (leaving only outlaws with chicken), but is there a sinister reasoning behind this? Was bird flu responsible for mass death or are there other forces at work? While investigating a case, Tony is brought back to his partner, the hulking Mason, who has his own agenda. They know each other’s ability and the information that can be obtained from a nibble of one another. They part as enemies, and Chew looks to be a promising detective comic with an overall conspiracy arch.Rob Guillory’s art is outlandish, but he is able to convey complex emotions through facial features and body language despite the cartoon style that dominates much of the book. The most impressive thing about the art in Chew is Guillory’s colouring. Different pages will have a dominating tint making the book vivid while maintaining a noir feel. Occasionally gruesome with a playful silliness, the art actively contributes rather than distracts from the story, and remains engaging throughout.Chew Volume One: Taster’s Choice is both completely ridiculous and engaging all at once. It pushes the envelope, and the scenes of eating to solve crimes will not appeal to every reader. Violence, vomit, and the grotesque are played for shock value, but progress the story nonetheless. Readers looking for something new and different while adhering to the themes of government conspiracy and police drama will be delighted. Chew has a strong charisma and this first collection will leave readers wanting to munch on some more.
Review by RoboJonelle
When at the comicon in my city (Spokane), I met John Layman and even though I had heard about Chew before, he described it to me and ultimately, made me buy it. I am very glad I did. Layman writes with such humor, wit and the reader can tell he did some research for this comic series. It's very smartly written and the illustrations will catch your eye. An original take on the lives of the FDA agents, one that any lover of comics, food or just smart humorous writing will enjoy. I can't wait to read more of this series.
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