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Chew Volume 1: Tasters Choice Paperback – Illustrated, December 8, 2009
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"The Fifth Doll" by Charlie N. Holmberg
The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports readers to a darkly whimsical world where strange magic threatens a quiet village. | Learn more
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- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607061597
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607061595
- Product Dimensions : 6.4 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated Edition (December 8, 2009)
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do have to point out that the lack of super hero " bam , pow ! " .. the emphasis more on what you would see in the "real world" albeit with subtle , interesting changes so grounded in the real world that they don't seem that far apart from it compared to the more "epic fantasy/science" things you see in comics.. might be off-putting to some readers who want more of the above mentioned thing... but to me the joy of Chew is just that, it's so grounded in what we would consider stuff that " could happen in the real world".. add in some very interesting characters who we see "in depth" so to speak and interesting plotlines and you have yourself a winner.. I've read at least 24 issues of Chew and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one..
If you like dark humor and graphic novels which dont take themselves too seriously but have quite a few interesting subplots and character arcs occurring simultaneously I would recommend this series.
As of today this is my favorite series I have read and reading this and vol. 2 and 3 compelled me to get a box at my local comics store, because I just cant wait every 5 months for the TPB (though I will probably end up buying them anyway.
This comic series has so much heart and personality. I've laughed out loud many times while reading, and gasped, "No!" a few times as well. Layman and Guillory are a dream team of wit and originality. Their characters are memorable and easy to get invested in. Readers who pay close attention are rewarded with a myriad of jokes woven into the background art and into the stories.
Chew is a blast! Every friend I recommend it to gives it no less than 5-star worthy praise.
Chew is both very real and absurdly entertaining. Read. It.
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The story takes place in an america that has outlawed chicken (due to the 23 million americans & 120 million people worldwide who died from a form of bird flu... or was it something else?)
Detective chew is police officer with a gift he's Cibopathic (he can tell the entire life cycle & origin of anything he eats)
that talent brings him to the attention of the FDA who are the most powerful government agency (Due to the Birdflu epidemic)
& that ladies & gents is the premise of the book
I thought it was a very good book, seemed a very quick & fluid read the only real negative & its my problem not theres is the drawing style scratchy &typically messy (but as i say my problem not anyone elses)
so in closing a new favourite of mine have just ordered volumes 2,3 & 4
And according to the other reviews on this title i'm not the only one who thinks this title is worthy of attention so give it a try you'll find chews not hard to swallow!
Tony Chu is a "Cibopath". Anything he eats, gives him an instant knowledge of anyone and anything in regards to the individual edible thing he eats. With this ability, he is able to solve crimes in all manners - in a world where food is at the epicenter of all things terrible.
This is as much a solid crime novel, as a witty joyous comic book with so much to offer across the board.
Give this first volume a read; I promise - NO, I warn you! You will be hooked.
It’s very bizarre, there are plot-twisting and it's a damn-right hilarious detective story. All of the characters introduced are fascinating and don’t fall flat by being treated as mere plot devices or ‘cannon-fodder’.The way the comic is drawn, in tandem with the interaction between the various characters and their personalities makes this one of my favourite comics at the moment. I especially loved the interaction between Tony Chu and Applebee... pretty much Chu interacting with anybody was great...especially his bosses.
As soon as I finished this volume I headed out to purchase volume two. Would definitely recommend!
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.