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- File Size: 129363 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: Image (25 Nov. 2009)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007KAN33O
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- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chew is a really very funny book with an excellent and snappy pase to it. A very unique story line with brilliant ongoing twists and plot holes that will be fasciniating to read as the series continues. This is well worth the special low introductory price for it and for those wanting something different to their comics than super heroes, Chew is a comical noir thriller, deeply immersive and quite simply brilliant.
This is everyday life for Tony Chu. He goes the extra mile to solve crimes and being a Cibopathic helps.
Anything that Tony chews on, he gets a mental image of its past. If he takes a bite of an apple, he will know what tree it grew on and what pesticides were used on it. This has devastating effects on his normal life though, he will know everything that has happened to that hamburger. Strangely though, the one food he can eat with out getting a psychic sensation is beets
In Tony's world, all chicken and bird meats have been outlawed after an outburst of bird flu which killed 23 million Americans. It is when eating some soup, Tony can see that the chef is a serial killer.
From here is life gets a lot stranger. Being caught chewing on the dead body he is nearly fired but is instead hired by the F.D.A. They will do anything to catch the bad guys, including nibbling on anything left at the crime scene.
Every book needs a love interest but Chew does it a little differently, like it has done everything so far. Instead of falling in love because she is super attractive or that they went through some terrible stuff together that made them connect, Tony falls in love with Amelia because of her writing.
She can write so well about food, that when you are reading, you can actually taste the food. Every single element of the food filling your mouth, allowing you to try things you never have before. For a Cibopathic, what could be more perfect and Tony is head over heels. I really like the way they have gone down a different root with the love interest, it is refreshing to see something so apart from anything else.
Book one also contains a big twist at the end. I really didn't see it coming, it was such a surprise and it will come back to haunt Tony in later books. I will say this, the government is keeping secrets about bird meat and not everyone is happy about. It is just a matter of time to see who discovers the secret first.
Rob Guillory's art is one of the best things about the book. It is kind of cartoony, but when crossed with the more violent parts, the contracting elements just work really well. The way he draws people fascinates me, instead of flowing lines, it is just loads of lines joined together and it works with the book. He was determined to break into comics on his own terms and with Chew he has done just that.
John Layman has brought his long running experience to this book at it is easy to see why it is New York Times Best Seller and has won prizes from two separate organisations. There is so many different bits to focus on in the book and from now on I can only assume it is going to get more complicated.
When I bought this book I was really dubious. How can a book about a guy who gets mental images from food be good? But seriously, it is. Even the fact that he chews on dead things is intriguing and disgusting at the same time. You don't know why you are reading on but you can't stop.
If he came and took a bite out of me, I would ask him back next week to do exactly the same.
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!
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