Tony Chu (Chu/Chew geddit?) is a cibopath - someone who can get a psychic reading from a piece of food - that helps him find the culprit in any crime. If he bites an apple he knows where the apple was grown, what fertilisers were used, everything. If he bites a burger, same thing - except more horrific obviously. When he loses his police officer job for taking a bite out of a suspect and solving the case, he's hired by a small government body that sanctions his cannibalistic behaviour, and the story begins!
One more detail that makes this original comic book interesting is the world it's set in. Avian, or Bird, Flu has taken the lives of millions of people worldwide and poultry has been outlawed. But was it the Bird Flu that did this or is there a darker answer...?
So what of this weird blend of sci-fi, cannibalism, and crime? Utterly brilliant! Not only original but well written, clever, and hugely readable. It feels like it could've been a superb US drama like Dexter or Breaking Bad but the studios passed on it so the world of comics beckoned - good news for comics!
The tone balances drama and comedy nicely and Tony Chu becomes a wonderful character over the course of the 5 chapters in this book. Rob Guillory's drawing style has echoes of manga, with a blend of Sean Phillips' realistic noir, and Ben Templesmith's atmospheric dread. It'd make a great Cartoon Network show if it weren't at all suitable for kids.
A fantastic original comic book series starts off brilliantly with this first book. It takes the reader on a journey into the fantastic and the non-gourmet - and it's completely charming! Draw up a chair, spread your napkin and tuck in!