Chew #1
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Chew #1

Writer: John Layman Artist: Rob Guillory Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 3, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 11
8.3Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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 more

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Jun 8, 2009

    If you enjoy gritty cop stories with a dark sense of humor, Chew might be up your alley. I guess I’d have to say I enjoyed everything in this book, from the characterization to the panel layouts to the coloring. It all seemed to fit together really well to create a perfect package and it felt like a completely original idea, something that often seems quite rare in comics. I’m already a fan and I’ll be back for the second issue. I’m giving this book an A and recommending that you check it out too. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 3, 2009

    Chew is a great comic book the type that grabs you by the ears, takes a bite out of your nose, spits it in your face and still leaves you laughing and hungry for more. After only one issue, it might be my favorite book on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Addiction - Michael Smith Jun 2, 2009

    How do I describe Chew? The perfect recipe for your comic book appetite:a healthy helping of police drama, a dash of humor, sprinkle in some action, and throw in some cannibalism for good measures. Chew has it all, just be sure not to read it on an empty stomach. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Rob Murray Jun 5, 2009

    Guillory completes this fine script with clunky, semi-exaggerated artwork that fits the mood of the issue almost perfectly. The climactic scene of the issue featuring a showdown between Chu and the serial killer sous chef is a collection of panels you have to see to believe, showcasing blood, knives and teeth. Is this a zombie book? The collection of action, close-ups and color alterations that make up this comic book are visually remarkable, completing an issue that is definitely a must read for comic fans looking for a different kind of fix. Oh, and I wouldnt eat anything while youre reading Chew. You might just find out youre a closet cibopath, and you dont wanna know where that Twinkie came from. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 23, 2009

    Despite the weirder and goofier side of the book, ultimately, there's a thought-provoking message to be found in this comic as well. Layman points out that we really don't consider what we stuff in our gullets everyday. The flashes of the disgusting, horrific crimes that Chu has when he eats in this story are symbolic of the disgusting things the food industry does to process what ends up in our snacks and meals every day. Don't get me wrong - Layman isn't saying anything like "meat is murder" here, but he reminds us that we should be aware that we don't see what happens to that burger, candy bar or soft drink before they pass our lips. 8/10 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Jun 6, 2009

    Appropriately enough, Chew's quality is entirely a matter of taste. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Marlowe Lewis Jun 3, 2009

    To sum up, this isn't a bad comic. In fact it has much to recommend it and if your comic reading tastes want a change from the recycled pap that the two main comic companies often produce then perhaps you should give this new dish a try. For me, after reading this issue I was a bit ambiguous about whether I would be coming back for a second helping. I suppose that even though I found the whole setup intriguing, in the end it was a bit hard to swallow. Read Full Review

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