Chew, Volume 1

Chew, Volume 1

eBook - 2009
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Collects Chew Vol. 1 #1-5

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.

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Tony Chu is a cop 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. It's a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn't bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu's secret. They have plans for him, whether he likes it or not. Presenting a twisted new series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants, written by John Layman (Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four and Puffed) with mind-blowing art by astonishing comics newcomer Rob Guillory.

Publisher: Marblehead : Image Comics, 2009.
ISBN: 9781106900104
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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AL_JOSHUAS Oct 09, 2016

Not at all what I expected going into it (though I hadn't read anything about it). The story is off the wall and quite fun. I'm hooked.

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Bill_SDPL
Jan 20, 2016

There are some redeeming qualities such as a fairly fun plot and neat artwork, but overall I found this book to be pretty gross. If I were still 15 years old I would probably think I was the coolest for reading Chew and would nonchalantly show off by reading it in a public place. "Whoa! That guy is edgy!" But as an adult? Naw.

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nparrish
Nov 05, 2015

I didn't like this at all. Very wordy & confusing, mostly didn't make sense. In the first couple pages we find out that the cops know the cashier spits in their coffee, but they don't do anything about it...This kinda sets the pace for the stupidity throughout the book. The art tries too hard to be different, with confusing angles & bad anatomy. Chew's love interest is fat & ugly. Computerized sound effects abound...Is it so hard to draw lettering these days?? The whole series is kind of hard to look at. It isn't even funny, which could've saved it.

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brianna_c
Jul 01, 2015

I was definitely not expecting to love this one as much as I did, but holy crap! It was so raw (hehe) and creepy and gross but captivating and intriguing and gripping at the exact same time! I was shivering in anticipation and horror half of the time, but it felt awesome! The story was so detailed and cool and the twist I definitely did not see coming (or maybe it's just me.) Again, if you are new to horror, start with something else but be sure to return to this - it is awesome!
5/5 stars.

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ThomasLove
Jan 28, 2013

Edgy visual presentation makes this an easy comic book to read. Well paced story paired with a totally weird premise makes this series a candidate for an HBO series.

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wallisthompson
Jun 02, 2012

This is my favorite comic book. I have read volumes 1-4. The artwork is unlike any other GN I have ever read - it gives an impression of uncleanliness that is subtle and perfectly suited to the story. The premise is brilliant - scrawny main character Tony Chew receives a telepathic impression from every bite of food - or anything else - that he eats. Employed by the FDA to fight crime in a futuristic United States with his burly partner, he gets wrapped up in an international chicken smuggling ring, chases down illegal and unsafe chicken substitutes, and hunts down his evil ex-boss.
The characters are all so different from the average comic book hero, villain, and love interest that they instantly won my affection. The gross stuff Tony has to eat to solve mysteries will keep you on the edge of your seat if the quick-witted plot twists don't. Also, his love affair is adorable and his personal history touching. Very highly recommended.

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Mosaic
Oct 02, 2010

Great artwork and an interesting premiss. However, I thought the characters lacked depth and the story was weak. Unfortunately this GN did not entice me to read the further volumes.

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