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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607062933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607062936
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Chew is an excellent new comic book series by writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory. It features a detective called Tony Chu who is a cibo path which means he can gain knowledge of whatever he eats - for example if he eats an apple he knows where it was grown and what fertilisers were used; if he eats a hamburger then he finds out about the slaughterhouse conditions and how the cow died. He uses this "gift" in his policework to find out who murdered who and why. The only trouble is when he's caught taking a bite out of a corpse he loses his job.

He's then recruited by a government agency which allows him free reign of his ability and jurisdiction and he spends this new career putting away gangsters who are trafficking in chickens - say what?! That's right in this world the Bird Flu epidemic made its way to humans, killing tens of millions. The result was that poultry was outlawed but that hasn't stopped people from continuing to traffick them in the black market.

Joining him on his new career is his partner Mason Savoy as they set out to take down the chicken traffickers and find out the truth behind the Bird Flu epidemic. Also making an appearance is his superstar chef brother Chow Chu and Tony Chu's love interest Amelia Mintz.

This is a wonderfully original comic book and a brilliant read. The "Omnivore Edition" collects the first two volumes - "Taster's Choice" and "International Flavor" - into one gorgeous hardback along with a gallery of covers and sketches by the artist who designed the characters and the look of their world. Writer's scripts are also included.

I highly recommend this series to any comics fans who are looking for well written, well illustrated, original and clever comics. "Chew" has all of this in spades and is well worth your time. Here's hoping there's more to come!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Crompton on 9 Feb. 2011
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Being an avid reader of graphic novels, more notably the works of Alan Moore, Ed Brubaker and early Garth Ennis I am always on the lookout for something new. Having trawled the freebies in the comix app I came across the first issue of Chew and was instantly intrigued by the premise. Immediately after reading the first issue I had to have more.

After tucking into this book I can safely say it is one of the most refreshing reads I have had recently - no wonder the first issue sold out numerous prints.

The storyline is utterly unique, based in its own version of the future (at least not one I've ever come across before). It has a very off the wall, at times dark, subtle sense of humour, whilst simultaneously holding an interesting storyline.

The characters are ones you can identify with and are multi-dimensional, the story is well written and the art a visual feast!

I have no idea what the future holds for Tony Chu and his associates, but I will most definitely be buying the next volume to find out and will also be brushing up on my Guillory/Layman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Dearden on 14 Oct. 2011
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Chew is a very welcome surprise revelation in the comics industry. The writing is whimsical and intelligent, the characters quirky and unique, the story intriguing and beguiling. But what really makes me love this comic is Rob Guillory's masterful art. The drawings are so expressive and appropriate its hard to put into words. The pages are layed out with infinite care and wisdom, you won't find a straight line anywhere and that's a good thing, it lends the whole thing an air of playfulness missing from today's digital world without venturing over to the chicken scratch pseudo Impressionism of modern illustrations.

I really recommend you give Chew a try, it has become my favourite comic and I just can't wait to find out what is happening in Tony Chu's life.
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By southcoastreviewer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2011
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A friend recommended I try Chew after reading Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft HC, Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 - Unmanned and Shade, the Changing Man: The American Scream v. 1. Her recommendations have never been wrong before and, being a collector of books (and apparently now graphic novels) I went for it and bought the hardcover edition.

Purchasing Chew Volume 1: Taster's Choice and Chew Volume 2: International Flavor in paperback is about two thirds of the price of the hardcover, so for not a lot more outlay it makes sense to go for the hardier, and very nicely bound hardcover edition of this set.

To complement Amazon's own summary, Chew is the story of cibopath Tony Chu, who gains psychic insight from whatever he consumes (apart from beets). In a world where chickyn (sic) is off the menu due to a bird flu epidemic, he goes from investigating black market poultry to something altogether more interesting.

Chew has a great main plot. The characters are quirky and the writing complements them well; I can almost hear the accents in my head when I'm reading. I can see why this is one of the most popular Image comic releases of recent times.

The hardcover collects Chew 1 and 2, and includes some neat concept sketches at the end. Great value for money, and well worth the purchase.
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By P. F. Clayden on 17 Feb. 2013
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Amazing in all respects. Add this to The Walking Dead and its clear that IMAGE is a contemporary Marvel Comics. Visually this is stunning and the writing is inspired. Originally planned as 30 issues CHEW has now been expanded to 60 and the plot is positively Machiavellian. Totally unpredictable.
Very funny and a number of running jokes. The full page bed scenes that end a number of comics is hilarious.
Black market chicken...Cibopaths. Alien plants. Quality.
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