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Chew, Vol. 1 by John Layman
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Jan 01, 12

bookshelves: creator-owned, if-i-wrote-comics-they-d-be-like-th, i-want-to-draw-like-this
Read from December 30 to 31, 2010

Genius concept (cop who can suss details of a crime by eating the evidence), great dialogue/writing, and a fresh, vivid artistic style. Character interplay with his partner is fun and surprising, plots are fun and inventive. There's a little Hellboy here and some Garth Ennis sense of humour, but it's definitely its own animal - a bit feral, a little scruffy but a welcome addition to my family.

I think as much as anything, it's the combined love by both creators of the absurd - straight lines combined with ridiculous visuals, and scenarios of beyond bizarre that are illustrated lavishly and lovingly. Guillory is also a genius at evoking dramatic emotions with subtle palette changes from one frame to the next, evocative camera angles and amazing, exaggerated facial expressions. The sequence of Chu's boss imagining all the ways Chu could get assassinated was just genius. No wait, the two-page splash that opens chapter 4 is absolute genius.
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Mike Re-reading this a year later in preparation for devouring vol. 4, and I still can't believe how great this series is.


Martin I haven't read CHEW in so long! I ordered volume 7 and so I'm re-reading the series' first six volumes. What a blast this series is! I'll have to re-evaluate my ratings and write up some reviews, it seems...


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