Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Release Date: 25th March, 2015
I’m a huge fan of this series and have followed it ever since I was given Volume 1 by my brother. It is completely bonkers and very funny indeed. Let me lay it out for you. Chicken is illegal under the U.S food laws and everyone has superpowers. Food related superpowers. Recently we have been introduced to an old woman who can hypnotise people using peppermints and a candy shop owner who can craft sugar into fully functioning war machines. You get the picture. The star of the show, Tony Chu, is a Cibopath – he gets psychometric readings from anything he eats (except beetroot – obviously), all the way along the food chain. He also works for the FDA, busting culinary crimes everywhere.
In this story arc, it’s all change. Various characters are in hospital, Tony has a new(ish) partner, his boss is a giant sunglasses wearing gingerbread man called, well, Breadman and he blames his half cyborg ex- partner for all of it. A lot of madness. Lovely, lovely madness.
At the end of issue 45, Layman killed off one of my most favourite comic book characters of all time. I was devastated and thought it would really affect my enjoyment of the series. I was wrong. This series is just going from strength to strength.
If you’re not familiar with Chew I would definitely recommend it. It’s completely bonkers and brilliant. In my opinion, Layman and Guillory have created a little bit of comic book genius.
Pick up a copy, sit back, relax and eat some chicken….
The writer of this piece was: Cat McGlinn
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