Chew vol 1 Taster’s Choice: Fascinating, grotesque and not to be read whilst eating

Chew vol. 1 Taster’s Choice

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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 Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.

My thoughts:

If have never read anything by John Layman, I have to say I really enjoyed this.

The story was unique, the characters were enjoyable, there was great flow to the action in between the various chapters, and the artwork had quality.

Chicken. A lot revolves around chicken. Eating chicken is outlawed and that’s a pretty important fact. Tony Chu is a detective that happens to be a Cibopathic. He can get psychic readings from whatever he eats. so, he can see the tree from which an apple grew or he can see the last squealing shudders of a pig just before death. A lot of times, it’s better not to know what’s been done to your food. On a stakeout, investigating a restaurant that illegally sells chicken, things go horribly wrong for Tonu Chu. He is suspended from the police force. In comes an agent from the F.D.A special crimes unit and overs him a job. Tony Chu not exactly knowing what this job entails begins his first day. His first day doesn’t start out very good. It’s turns out he is hired because of his ability and has to eat a finger that is decaying. At first he really doesn’t want to but after learning that his new partner is also an Cibopathic and gives him reasons for using his ability, he agrees to do it. Things start to hit the fan from there.

The characters, I liked them a lot. Tony is an earnest young cop who sticks to the rules, a little hot-headed but okay. Mason, Tony’s partner, is a guy that does the opposite, also he is badass. Then there is the lovely Amelia. She is a sabocrivner, which means she writes about food and the people reading about it literally taste what the meal should have tasted like. She had such character. She had spunk. I loved that about her. Then their is Mike. He is the funniest. He hates Tony Chu and goes out of his way to let him now. He even thinks about letting him get killed but the paperwork stopped him haha.

The plot was amazing, it has got mystery, action, romance and intrigue. It was a unique read. Although John Layman provides food as a major theme of this graphic novel, the plot of the story is basically a crime drama that involves the murders of many people who are involved in the food market. I love myself a crime book so this was right up my ally. Why was it unique? Because of the superpowers that had to do with food. For example Tony’s cannibalism. However gruesome it was also really interesting.

The writing was amazing to. I found this book funny as hell and that’s mostly because of the dialogue. Loved the dialogue. Also loved the way that John Layman created a mysterious and dark atmosphere for this comic. Although gross at times this graphic novel was so exciting and creative that I couldn’t put it down. I was drawn into the surreal world John Layman created and the plot twists that this graphic novel so easily provided.

What I liked best about this would be the artwork. I have to say I don’t know much about artwork but this had to be my favorite of the three graphic novels I have read. The artwork was vivid and it was full of life. The drawings were spot on and complemented the story perfectly. Gruesome scenes were truly horrific.

What’s left to say is that I am hooked and hungry for more. I can’t wait to read more of this series. Hope you will to.



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