Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Review: Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman

Title: Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice
Series: Chew (Collected Editions) #1
Written By: John Layman
Art by: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image
Pages: 128
Genres: Comics

Chew, Vol. 1

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.
Wow, this comic was just brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the originality of the story, it is unlike anything I have ever read.

Tony Chu is the main character and he is a cibopath and a newly hired FDA agent. A cibopath is someone who can ingest edibles which then gives a psychic flash of where that food comes from, where it has been, what has been done to it during production and so on. Apply Chu's gift to ingesting a bit of blood at a crime scene and Chu knows who the victim or perpetrator is and what happened. It sounds gross but it is awesome.

Prohibition is back in America and this time it's chicken and bird related products that are banned. There was an epidemic relating to avian flu where millions of people worldwide died, so makes sense to ban the consumption of birds right? Except some people think that there is a government cover-up and avian flu was a convenient scapegoat. Lots of mystery and intrigue to keep a reader wondering...

I adored the art style, it perfectly matched the super gross things Chu had to endure in the name of the greater good. There was also a good dose of humour and I loudly guffawed several times. Do not read this whilst eating. Consider yourself warned. I really liked Chu as a character and I am looking forward to see how this series develops.

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