In less than a week, I have devoured (pun!) four volumes of the graphic novel series Chew. Reading this gives me the same feeling a good Guy Richie (see Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) movie gives me. I feel like I’ve been given a lot in short amount of time. I felt like everything was done in a very good balance. The story centers around Tony Chu who is a cibopath. He can tell the history of anything he eats except for beets. He is apart of the FDA in a world where millions were killed by a bird flu. This event led to a ban of poultry. In this world, the FDA is pretty bad ass.
At first, I was afraid the series would be mostly “Hey, is gonna eat that guy? Wonder if he’ll eat that poo? Ew! Dead body! Eat it!” I would not have marathon’ed that series. Chew goes the extra mile to develop characters, as well as jokes. I loved it. So pretty much, if you like strange, action, adventure and a lovable hero that continually gets beat up by life then this is for you!
Side note: I am now including graphic novels in my book reading goal. I wasn’t going to at first because they are sooo much fun for me to read. Only trade paperbacks though.