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Chew, Vol. 1 by John Layman
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Aug 10, 2010

it was ok

A "cibopath" who can get psychic insights from the food he ingests working for a covert branch of the FDA in a world where chicken is contraband sounds pretty cool and quirky, and in other hands, I could really get behind that concept, and yet Chew is most definitely not a comic for me. It's not the in-your-face violence and vomit -- that I can stomach. Why this book utterly left me cold is that the characters are wholly unsympathetic. Everyone in this world is nasty to his or her fellow human being for no reason. Chu comes off as the good guy not because there is anything honorable about his motives (he's a total blank slate of a character), but because he's the only character that isn't a sociopath. The book is ostensibly a satire, but it doesn't seem to have anything to say (And the ninjas, ruskies, frenchies and OG thug stereotypes are hardly fresh comedy). Considering the book's Eisner win for Best New Series, clearly this book works for plenty of smart comic readers, but I could not get into it at all.
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Davis I feel exactly the same way.

Samantha Agreed.

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