Author: John Layman, Rob Guillory
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Image Comis
Released: 8 December 2009
Series: Chew #1
Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is a 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 whounit, 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.
A very strange story about a very strange power, with a kooky art style, this first volume of Chew is certainly an interesting experience!
Set during a time in America where chicken has been outlawed due to a bird flu epidemic, Tony Chu is a new recruit to the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, tracking down the perpetrators of food-related crime. Tony is the perfect man for the job - he's a Cibopathic, meaning he can bite into something and find out the processes used on it, or in the case of humans, he can find out how they died. It's a dangerous world with an chicken black market, and it seems you can't trust anyone. Tony must solve the case of a murdered health inspector after his finger turns up in a burger. But things aren't what they seem within the FDA, and the culprit could be closer to home.
This story is certainly different and interesting. Going into the story, I didn't know how much I was going to enjoy it, but I'd heard a lot of positive things about it, and the wacky story concept intrigued me. I admit, it wasn't as great as I hoped it would be - I wasn't blown away - but it was still a great story and I will definitely be continuing with the series.
I really enjoyed the art style in this series - it fit perfectly with the story being told. It's kooky and detailed and able to portray the disgusting and gory stuff, without being overly disgusting or gory.
The story itself was a really interesting read, and I had no idea as to where it would go. It's definitely not a story that I've read before, and the concept is really intriguing. Like I said, I wasn't blown away by this first volume, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the story. I can definitely see the story growing on me as I continue with the next volume, and I'm excited to see where the story goes from here. With everything picking up in the final pages, I feel like volume two is where I become hooked on the series.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story, and I can't wait to see where the story goes from here. If you are looking for something different to read and enjoy graphic novels (or want to get into graphic novels), definitely pick up Chew. I'm sure you'll be hooked in no time.