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This review is from: Chew Omnivore Edition Volume 1 (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!