One Mad Dog

[Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice] – (John Layman, Rob Guillory)
September 12, 2010, 10:59 pm
Filed under: 9 stars, Chew, John Layman, Rob Guillory

“Tasters Choice” Collects CHEW issues #1-5.   CHEW is a really good comic book with a great story, witty dialog  and excellent cartoon style artwork.   CHEW is set in an alternative future where a supposed outbreak of bird flu wiped out thousands of people and now chicken and other birds are illegal.  Chicken is the new vice and there is a huge business selling the stuff on the black market.

The star of the book, Tony Chu,  is a detective working for the FDA who have taken over as the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet. Tony has a special talent. If he eats something he can see the foods complete history and he uses his talent on murder victims to find out who killed them. As if this was not bad enough, Tony is saddled with a boss that hates him so much that  he finds him the most disgusting, gruesome and bizarre corpses to munch on. The icing on the cake for CHEW is the fantastic array of socially deformed or just plain strange supporting  characters.

The main story line and subplots are very clever and this is one of those books that is almost impossible not to read through in one sitting. The whole story is gory but light hearted and amusing  and some bits are plain “laugh out loud” funny.  It’s printed on good quality paper and the art is a joy to behold, So often books that are hyped up as much as this one are a disappointment but this one truly deserves its plaudits. [ISBN-13: 978-1607061595]. 9/10


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