Chew #1

Chew #1 Cover

Jul 2009 | Image

Creation: John Layman | Rob Guillory
Writing: John Layman
Letters: John Layman
Art: Rob Guillory

Tasters Choice Part 1

Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which is a sort of psychometry dependant on him ingesting things. The only food he can eat without consequence is beets. He also happens to be a cop with the Philly PD on a stakeout with his partner trying to bring down a killer who also happens to be a major player in chickens (which are prohibited as a result of bird flu), but they soon find out he’s under the protection of the FDA.

The first few pages into the book, and I’m like WTF? Illegal chicken? And the serious tone really catches me off guard as well. I almost can’t believe this even exists. Not to say that it’s a terrible book. It’s greatly entertaining and an amusing take on if chicken were illegal. In fact, I’ll go so far to say that this book is an awesome.

You go into a chicken speakeasy and order anything other than chicken, they’re gonna think you’re a cop or an asshole.

Try not to tip ‘em off that you’re both.

There’s a lot to like on these pages. The portrayal of a chicken prohibition is not something I ever would have thought of, and it’s been really well thought out and strangely believable. I love when you see Chu’s brother, the tv chef, go nuts trying to make a chicken dish with this replacement product.

The scene that hit me really hard, that really sold this book, was the cannibalism. I won’t go into details and spoil the book for those that haven’t read it and might want to. I’ll just say, this man’s dedicated and I have great respect.

The art goes really well with the story. A sort of quirky, cartoonish style with enough grit to keep it serious. And I totally dig the cover. It’s ultimately what drove me to purchase the book.

I can’t wait to see where this goes.

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