Chew Vol. 1

Chew Vol. 1

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by John Layman, Rob Guillory
     
 

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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

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Collects Chew Vol. 1 #1-5!

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.

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Tony Chu is a cop 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. It's a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn't bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu's secret. They have plans for him, whether he likes it or not. Presenting a twisted new series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants, written by John Layman (Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four and Puffed) with mind-blowing art by astonishing comics newcomer Rob Guillory.

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Library Journal
Former police officer Tony Chu eats terrible things in the name of justice. Getting psychic input through his taste buds, he can nibble on a hot dog and tell you all about the poor pig that went into it. (Somehow, this doesn't happen with beets, which quickly become his favorite food.) Suddenly, after a polite slurp of stew tells him that the cook is a serial killer, Tony is working for the FDA to solve bizarre food-related crimes. He has to chomp on some pretty disgusting body parts to get his clues, but that just makes Tony's story even more yucky and entertaining. Layman sends his freaky premise off into a convoluted mystery, peppered (sorry!) with colorful characters: a portly British-y sidekick, a pretty and gifted food writer, yakuza, Russian vampire aficionados, and various weirdos. VERDICT Layman's plotting is top-notch, and Guillory's skillfully grotesque color art makes a perfect medium for Tony and his grimy world. Plenty of unfinished business builds anticipation for Volume 2. With strong language and discreet sexual references; recommended for high school and up, including fans of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781106900104
Publisher:
Image Comics
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Series:
Chew Series , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
126
Sales rank:
485,957
File size:
59 MB
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Age Range:
17 Years

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Chew, Volume 1: Taster's Choice 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ArelyFoo More than 1 year ago
Really Good. The story is funny and really entertaining. Some of the stuff may seem ridiculous but all the characters help fit everything nicely. The art is also amazing and unique. A must-buy for those looking for something light and fun to read.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I been seeing this as a recommendation to some or well, a lot of graphic novels I been reading lately. So finally got around to reading this. The story and its main character were interesting. This whole book was weird at times but made for an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book combines unique ideas and what I consider to be some of the best "Stereotypical Comic" artwork to express humor and intrigue in the story. Now, when I say "Stereotypical Comic" artwork, don't think I'm demeaning it at all. The flat and colorful artwork helps enhance the humor in the story, and helps diminish the darkness in a lot of the scenes, so the comic can be taken seriously, but not too seriously and devoid of comic relief. Overall, the general premise of the story isn't too crazy, a chicken virus killed millions of people, leading to the prohibition of poultry products by the government. It's when you get into the wacky powers of Tony Chu, John Colby, and other uniquely crafted characters that the story really begins to hook you in, which is basically on the first page. Throughout this volume, the introduction to the anti-poultry world, including chicken crimes, F.D.A special agents, poultry rebels, and cuisine related superpowers come about and create a original, humorous, and sometimes ominous story to whet the appetite of creative minds and casual comic readers alike. A high recommendation goes to reading this volume, and I'm sure you'll be reading the second volume almost immediately afterwards. Just a word of discretion to people intending to read this, it does contain quite strong language at certain parts, so if you have children in the vicinity, be aware of their desire to read this book and place your own restrictions based on what you think is appropriate. 
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
Tony Chu sees information about people, places, things whenever he eats something other than beets. Beets are safe and don't cause visions. In this volume, Tony joins the FDA and begins to learn the ropes. The graphics are fun and detailed adding to the story and often humor. A crisp yet somewhat formulaic in the realm of "superheroes" narrative leads Tony's adventures. Without giving too much plot away, I will just say this: Overall, a fun read.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
So unbelievably good!!!!              So, its one thing to have an incredible idea.  Its quite another to actually pull it off without a hitch.  This book blends an insane idea (a few actually), dark humor, action, and mystery.  Add artwork perfectly suited for the book and you have a near flawless book.  I can't wait to read the volume!
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titania86 More than 1 year ago
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!