This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew sits down to chew the fat on Image Comics’ Chew.

Chew, Volume 1

Set in a world where all chicken and other bird meats are illegal, after a catastrophic outbreak of the bird flu that killed 23 million Americans, Chew centers on Tony Chu, a police detective who is a “cibopath”, who detects psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Tony becomes a Vice Cop with the Philadelphia Police Department, and when on assignment, trying to find people smuggling chicken, he enters a Black Market Chicken Restaurant on invitation from the FDA. He has a bowl of chicken soup only to find he gets a psychic impression of the cook killing people and then putting them into the soup. He goes to bust the cook, only for the cook to kill himself outside the restaurant. Chu then eats the cook to find out the names of the rest of the victims. He is fired from his job with the Philadelphia PD and gets hired on to the FDA by an agent named Mason Savoy, who is also a cibopath.

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  1. Volume one of “Chew” was a bolt out of the blue for me.

    The all-in-one first issue felt so original and fresh, I just had to keep reading it.

    An original premise, set in a not-too-distant future/slightly-wrong alternate reality, “Chew” delivered snappy dialogue, fun gross-out moments and interesting secondary characters. John Layman’s scripted a very clever and fun series.

    Rob Guillory’s art can’t go without mention either. Very stylishly drawn and coloured, it conveys the slightly dystopian/oppressed world excellently.

    If I had one gripe with the first volume, is that the first five issues feel slightly disjointed from each other. Characters and questions are set up for the 60-issue run, that aren’t resolved in this first volume. Which I can forgive because it’s just too damn fun to leave after only one volume.

    I really can’t wait to see where Layman & Guillory take this tale in the future.

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