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(Chew #1)

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Tony Chu is a detective 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. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enf ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Image Comics (first published November 25th 2009)
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Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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nom nom nom!!

why on earth did it take me so long to make my way over to this series? plenty of people were telling me to - kat stark straight-up recommended it to me with her words, and there were the passive recommendations in the form of glowing reviews from people like anne and jeff and that big bear melki! (who has read 450 books this year and that's just crazy. you have to trust a bear that reads more books than there are days in which to read them.) and then there was a crossover event
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Kelly (and the Book Boar)
This book was so much fun!! Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner.

Wait, you can't have chicken dinner. Because the bird flu hit three years ago and now chicken is outlawed.
Tony Chu is a detective that happens to be a Cibopathic. He can get phychic readings from whatever he eats.

He gets brought into the FDA special crimes units for his unique abilitles and is teamed with a fellow cibopathic.
Now this gets completely gross at times. Blood, cannibalism, craziness abounds. Buckle your seat-belts a
Nutritive but overcooked

This is a TPB edition collecting the first 5 issues of the comic book title “Chew”.

Creative Team:

Writer & Lettering: John Layman

Illustrator & Colors: Rob Guillory


Chew is an indy comic book title focused on the character of Tony Chu, a former cop and now an US Government of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Tony Chu has a very special skill, he is a cibopathic, which means that he can perceive images and getting info from anything edible that he
OH…GREAT MAKER OF SWEET, SUCCULENT, GOOEY, GOODNESS, just when I thought that all of the inventive and interesting psychic powers had been used up and tossed away like my faith in the economy, the tasty brilliance of John Layman shines like a heat lamp in fast food burger joint bringing me…

In the future, after a “mysterious” and catastrophic epidemic of bird flu has killed 23 million Americans, all bird and “hoof” meat has been outlawed by the Farmland Security Amendment to the U.S. Constit
Dan Schwent
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
Detective Tony Chu is a cibopath, meaning he gets psychic information from everything he eats. When he and his partner bust a black market chicken operation, he finds himself recruited by the FDA. But his new partner, Mason Savoy, is more than he seems...

I've had my eye on Chew for years and finally bit when the first volume went on sale for six bucks. It was well worth it.

As somebody who thinks about food quite a bit, the core idea behind Chew intrigued me. Imagine finding out where your food c
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

After the first few pages I thought I was going to have to reach out and cyber-smack Mike, Gavin, and 'kris for suggesting I read this...but it sort of grew on me.

I don't mind violence or gore in the books I read, but I also have this thing about putting gross stuff in my mouth. Call it a phobia if you want, but just the thought of anything icky coming near my mouth makes me gag and heave.
Take food, for example.
I constantly sniff any food that I think might be even a
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Warning: Don’t read this book right before eating, while you eat or right after eating.

That said, this book has everything: bikini clad Russian assassins, cannibalism (with a higher purpose), a woman who when she writes can evoke any eating experience from rapture to nausea, a fat dude with a monocle, government spending gone amok, a government agency (the FDA) gone amok, dark humor, llama sex, Vincent Van Gogh meta humor, beets, …

The skinny: Tony Chu is a cibopath, so whenever he takes a bite o
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, graphic-novels
First volumes are like television pilots: 9 times out of 10 they are the worst part of a series. It's hard to set up a world, introduce characters, develop—and be engaging throughout. Chew, Vol 1 definitely did a good job at all of that. It was fascinating (and grotesque). It was easy to follow, entertaining and had a self-contained plot that was satisfying while lending itself to a much bigger story to follow. Overall, I'm really pleased with this one. My only issue is I didn't realize it was 1 ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Some interesting concepts here, especially the main one of cibopathy. Detective Chu is one of the rare and secret few who can eat something and know all about how it was produced, the person who prepared it -- or the person who is it, an obvious boon in law enforcement. If you don't mind a little cannibalism. Of course, it doesn't make mealtimes much fun.

Mirror inverse of Chu's ability is a reporter who can describe food in such detail that her readers can actually taste it. Naturally Chu falls
Will M.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for something weird to read, then Chew is the graphic novel for you. Weirdest and probably the most gross graphic novel that I've read, in a good way. Something new for me.

I really enjoy crime novels, so I was expecting to really like this. This first volume focused more on the character development rather than the main plot. The characters were really good but for me the plot still lacked that impact that a good crime novel/graphic novel should have. For a first volume read th
This graphic novel is really, really good!

The story and the artwork are unique. The content has a nice combination of humor, gore, and grossness. I was drawn in immediately and look forward to the next volume.

The story has a lot similar with the iZombie series. Not the artwork, but the story reminded me of it. So if you are a fan of either series, and haven't tried the other, you probably should.

A great thing about enjoying this so much is that I didn't know anything about it. I just randomly
Jan Philipzig
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to Chew! I mean, there is vomit, boogers, cannibalism, bikini-clad Russian assassins, gore – what’s not to like? Heck, the thing even won two Eisner and two Harvey Awards! This should be fun!! Well, it did not take long for my enthusiasm to wane. The characters, constantly concerned with being edgy and hilarious, never came to life for me, and what is trumpeted on the back cover as “biting political satire” turned out to be little more than the usual dose of self-con ...more
Lindsey Rey
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Find all of my reviews at:

It seems everyone but me is reading comic books these days. I'm even raising a tiny Sheldon Cooper with ginormous boxes full of nearly any superhero my heart could possibly desire and yet I still hesitate when it comes to that genre. Why???? I think it's because of my own personal superhero complex. You see, in my house it goes a little something like this . . .

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When I saw Chew hope was restored that I too could learn to love the g

What if a bird flu pandemic wiped out a good part of the population and led to all poultry products being banned? Then the FDA investigators would suddenly become more important as people still tried to get their chicken fixes from somewhere. Enter investigator Tony Chu, who also happens to be a Cibopath meaning that when he eats things he gets memories off of the former living thing (he can do it off living things, too). He and his mentor are but a handful of such people in the world.

This story turned my stomach, I have to say. It's a detective story where the detective in questions can see inside the minds of things and people he ate so he knows how they die. It now reminds me of I Zombie, the TV show where she eats brains to find out about the victim.

I didn't think this was gross unless he was eating. He doesn't want to do it, but he basically becomes a cannibal. I would think he would get a horrible food poison from eating rotting meat, but hey, I guess not. They call hi
Everyday, when late afternoon rolls around, my son asks me the inevitable question, "What's for dinner?"
If my answer is, "Chicken!", you can be sure it will be met by groans and hisses.
It's what you eat when you can't think of what else to have.

But, imagine a world where chicken has been banned by the government...
No more glorious fried drumsticks or spicy buffalo wings. No more roasted Sunday dinners with leftovers stretching into the next week. No more breaded nuggets, or even chicken

Meet Tony Chu- he’s a Cibopath.

What’s a Cibopath you ask? Well, he eats things and gets an impression from whatever he eats. He’s also a detective. Yep, you guessed it. He eats part of the victims to find out how they died.

Of course his new boss has to verify the authenticity of his claim. Agent Chu is a little on the hot-headed side of things and luckily has a huge partner to help him slow his role.

Meet Agent Savoy, a fellow Cibopath. He’s pretty bad ass especially when it comes to rescuing hi
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've been reading a ton of comics lately, and Chew is the one that REALLY made me want to keep up with the series on an issue by issue basis. It's so clever and sublime and the sense of humor is right up my alley. I love the wacky cannibal world and the non-sterotypical lead. Definitely a Must Read for me!

Oh yeah, baby! Should I have taken this much pleasure from a cannibalizing FDA special agent who gnaws on dead things to solve crimes? Probably not, but nothing can stem the tide of my glowing praise for such an original story concept delivered with this much dynamic flair, humorous overtones and an underbelly of noir nastiness. Can you spell epic win? The action is punctuated by ripping dialogue and graphic art that puts you into the scene, no muss no fuss.

No disrespect meant to all you vegeta
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Tony Chu has a very special ability: when he eats something he understands the complete history of whatever he just ate: for example in case of an apple it is which fertilizer was used on the tree, the condition under which it was picked up, etc. Understandably it becomes much more macabre in case of meat.

In the near future where Tony lives the chicken meat is banned due to bird flu scare. FDA (Food and Drug Administration for non-Americans) is the most powerful agency - just like FBI during the
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This series has gotten such incredible reviews, but I was really reluctant to read it. Because it sounds really gross. We are, after all, talking about a guy whose mutant power is cibopathy, ie that he has some sort of psychic connection with whatever he eats. He eats a lovely spinach salad, he tastes the dirt the salad grew in, the pesticides, etc. He eats bacon, he tastes what the pig went through before it was killed. Which, as you might imagine, kind of puts a damper on his dietary choices. ...more
David Sven

Yep - Tony Chu is Cibopathic. He gets psychic impressions from what he eats. It's a pretty useful talent for a cop. If the person you want to interrogate happens to be dead - no problem - just chow down on some long pork and let the good times roll down memory lane of whoever you're ingesting. Oh, the person being dead is totally optional.

With talent like that Chu doesn't stay a cop for long. He's quickly recruited by the FDA. The FDA are the new Homeland Security this book. Av
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not gonna lie, this was pretty cool. Can't wait to get my hands on the next issue!
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hahaha! I'm thankful to myself that I have picked Chew. This is the funniest comic series I have read to date and I think that Volume 1: Taster's Choice is just an appetizer. After reading this volume which collects the first five issues of the series, I am craving for more Chew.

Meet Tony Chew, a Cibopathic detective who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Neat huh? NO. Imagine what would he do, as a detective, to solve a crime. Eat rotten fingers? Hahaha, I spoiled it for you (uhh,
"Please, mister... I don't know. Who -who are you? Why are you telling me this? You're freaking me out."

Story of my life.

Basically, Tony Chu is a psychic detective turned FDA who eats things. And he doesn't really enjoy it.

I actually really liked this graphic novel. At first, I didn't think I'd like it that much because it's just not my usual genre, but I ended up completely hooked from start to finish. The unique art, storylines and characters all worked really well together to create lots of s
Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tony Chu (Chu/Chew geddit?) is a cibopath - someone who can get a psychic reading from a piece of food - that helps him find the culprit in any crime. If he bites an apple he knows where the apple was grown, what fertilisers were used, everything. If he bites a burger, same thing - except more horrific obviously. When he loses his police officer job for taking a bite out of a suspect and solving the case, he's hired by a small government body that sanctions his cannibalistic behaviour, and the s ...more
Tony Chu is 3/5 forehead and 100% cibopathic badassery.

Also there's something about the offbeat humour and icky bits that reminds me of that mid-2000s animated show Grossology???? (Canadian millennials wya)
Melania 🍒

Ok, people ,I really love this series. It’s funny and gory and quirky (but just the right amount) and pretty diverse. I can’t wait to read it all
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John Steele Layman is an American comic book writer and letterer. Layman is most known for writing Chew, published by Image Comics.

Other books in the series

Chew (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Chew, Vol. 2: International Flavor
  • Chew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts
  • Chew, Vol. 4: Flambé
  • Chew, Vol. 5: Major League
  • Chew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes
  • Chew, Vol. 7: Bad Apples
  • Chew, Vol. 8: Family Recipes
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