Graphic Novel Review 79/365: Chew

Please keep up with all of my old Graphic Novel Reviews here as I quest for 365 in 365 days!

Unofficial Image Comics Week continues with a crazy title that I’m sure, if you have not heard of it, after my review, if you are a strange bird that likes yourself some interesting story, you’ll go snatch it up!

Title: Chew 

Author(s): John Layman, Rob Guillory

Publisher: Image (2009)

Age Rating: 17+

Alright, here’s the deal Tony Chu is a detective with a very unique ability, an ability that only a small amount people on the planet possess: he can see the history of anything he eats…except beets.

That’s it; have fun; go read!

Kidding! But not really…

That’s pretty much all you need to know about Chew.  The concept is sick good; the writing and art are both interesting and brilliant.  This book does its job when it comes to complex execution.  The pages blend with detailed, cartoon-like drawings from Rob Guillory that read as elevated and rich, dabbling in the absurd, while accompanying much of the foreground art with minimalist backgrounds and touches of color for emphasis.

Keep it away from kids though.  This is an “R” rated book.  People eat people and swear a lot.

Oh, also chicken is illegal in this universe, so people sell Black Market cuts of chicken meat.  Bet you’ve never seen that before.

Oh, and there’s a food critic that writes so well that the reader (in the comic, sorry) can actually taste the food as she describes it on the page: Tony’s dream since he’s made ill at the thought of seeing the history of EVERYTHING (except beets) he eats.  Her words are the only way he can enjoy a decent meal.

Chew has ended at issue 60, so if you are in for the long haul, the complete story is out there.  I’m not quite there, but that’s another binge for my post 365 day adventure.

Happy reading!


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