Review: Chew, Volume 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman
Published December 8th 2009 by Image Comics
Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He’s been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.
Collects CHEW issues #1-5. (Goodreads)
The premise of this comic is quite unique. The main character Tony Chu is a cibopathic, which means he can get very detailed impressions and clues from things he eats. This forces him to taste everything from how it was raised, prepared, how the person felt or what they were doing when they prepared the food. For this reason he doesn’t like food so much. Poor guy can only eat canned beets without getting an impression. However, his ability is super helpful as a detective. This also brings him to nibbling on very strange things found at crime scenes and sometimes tasting the victims. Several characters were introduced and a few of them even died in this first collection of what was issues #1-5 of the comics. I really enjoyed Tony as a character and the art was stunning. The underlying plot of the bird flu/chicken ring was absurd though. While I think the idea was unique is wasn’t executed as well as I was hoping for. This doesn’t mean I won’t be continuing on, because I will, but I want to try getting them from the library rather than buying them. I rated Volume 1 – 3 stars.