Chu #1

Writer: John Layman Artist: Dan Boultwood Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 22, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 5
8.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

"THE FIRST COURSE," Part One-TONY CHU is a cibopath, able to get psychic impressions from what he eats. SAFFRON CHU is a cibopars, able to learn secrets from who she eats with. Tony is a cop. Saffron is a criminal. They are brother and sister, and they are on a collision course. Spinning out of the multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times bestselling series CHEW comes CHU, a felonious new food noir about cops, crooks, cooks, and clairvoyants.

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Gabe Gonzalez Jul 22, 2020

    Friendly for both new readers as well as veterans of the world of Chew, Chu #1 is a phenomenal book in every sense of the word. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham Jul 21, 2020

    A refreshing dive back into the 'Chew' universe with new characters, same great dialogue, and a promising storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Aug 2, 2020

    Chu #1 (Layman, Boultwood) is an awesome return to the world ofChew! Meet Saffron, Tony Chu's little sister - she's a criminal. He's a cop. Collision course? You bet! Don't sleep on this one! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jul 22, 2020

    That said, I still loved the issue. Layman's writing and Boultwood's art have manifested a different segment of a universe I have loved and as a Chew I definitely recommend it to others, and for the uninitiated… you'll still appreciate the stylized world and the food related shenanigans, but as of now, Chu is best served alongside its predecessors, although time will tell if it becomes a worthy standalone serving. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Jul 23, 2020

    A rowdy, goofy, and brilliantly drawn start to this anticipated sequel series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 24, 2020

    I like the premise and the story moves at a fast enough clip that I was engaged all the way through, all combined with strong art for a well-done debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Jul 29, 2020

    The story of Saffron Chu's downward spiral into criminality begins in this bloody, pukey first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Jul 26, 2020

    Pull up for a second helping as Tony Chu's morally flexible little sister sits down at the table and her secret ingredient is crime! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Jul 22, 2020

    If youre a long time reader of the series then I think that this is going to be right up your alley. It promises to deliver a fun new twist on the established premise, and is off to an explosive start here. If youre a new reader then starting here is as good a place as any, and not having read any of the rest of the series wont spoil your enjoyment at all. If however, like me you havent read any of the previous stories then I simply cannot recommend enough that you dive in right away, theres twelve volumes to catch up on. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jul 23, 2020

    Crime drama sits down for a family dinner as this meal gets a definite thumbs up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Tanner Dedmon Jul 22, 2020

    Without a moment's notice, Chu goes from Saturday morning cartoon vibes to the animated shows best aired after the kids have gone to bed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 25, 2020

    Chu #1 offers much of the same grotesque humor from before, but whether or not this new series feels like warmed-up leftovers remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Captain Stark Jul 23, 2020

    New spinoff series Chu promises to be a delectable cat-and-mouse story and will stand on its own for new readers, but delight longtime fans of the Chew universe or the Chewniverse. It is a great starting point to jump into this world, you don’t need to be a Chew reader to enjoy this comic.

    Chew centers on a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent/detective, Tony Chu who is a cibopath (pronounced “see-bo-path”). Tony can solve crimes by receiving psychic impressions from what he eats, it can be food or even people. It means he can read the memories and history of everything he consumes. Set in a world that has banned poultry following a catastrophic outbreak of avian flu.

    But this is not a new Tony Chu story more

  • 6.5
    ohhaimark Aug 13, 2020

    As a fan of Chew, I was definitely ambivalent towards this. Chew's ending was just so... perfect, man, and we didn't really need any more. If I knew it was a prequel, I'm sure I'd still be cautiously excited. Just out of curiosity, does this take place before or after the avian flu?

    Anyways, I see a lot of potential in this series, namely in the main character Saffron. A series following a food-powered thief is definitely an interesting one, even if she's got a long way to go in order to be interesting enough to sell the series.

    I'm definitely gonna inflate the score above what my gut tells me, just because I know how much crazier John Layman can get and how much better his series are when he does. Rereading the firs more

  • 10
    Batmanchuria Aug 3, 2021

  • 8.0
    Josecab79 Jul 22, 2020

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