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Chew, Vol. 2 by John Layman
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Sep 18, 2011

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Chew takes place in a future America where 23 million citizens have died from avian flu and all chicken has been outlawed. When chickens are outlawed, only outlaws will have chickens. Thus, this is the story of Tony Chu, a detective who is also a cibopath, who uses his special powers to unravel particularly gruesome mysterious. (Note: A cibopath detects psychic impressions from everything he eats - the story of the food, if you will).

This volume finds Tony reunited with his partner and struggling with his vengeful boss who assigns Tony to the worst missions a cibopath could get - bank robber who leaves a pile of poo behind, international kidnapping case where the only clue is a dirty diaper, etc. And you thought your boss was terrible... The main story is about the Gallasberry - a new fruit that bears a striking resemblance to chicken when cooked. It is being cultivated exclusively on a small island at the "ass end of the Pacific," where a tiny man (the governor) is trying to get the world to eat Gallasberry. He has gathered (by force) some of the best poultry chefs, scientists, and food writers on his island to introduce the international food scene to gallasberry. Will his greed and enthusiasm propel the gallasberry onto the American dinner table?? Stay tuned!

This book touches on speculation about the future of the food supply, although not as much as the first volume. In one of the final scenes, someone is wearing a "FOODIE" t-shirt, which was pretty funny. There is a rooster wearing a helmet (Poyo). Also, there is a badass female character who is introduced and quickly disposed of. Levi brought this up to me -- what's that about? This series needs a female character who isn't 1. damsel in distress/love interest 2. submissive/servant 3. dead. Fingers crossed for volume 3!
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