“One will die. And the other will dine on the flesh of his enemy.”
That’s the last narrative lines of “Taster’s Choice”, and if they don’t get you interested in this book, then there’s something wrong with you. Brian from Cosmic Comics pointed me towards this book saying, “Not enough people are reading this book, who should be.” and I completely agree. Chew is a story about cannibals and the aftermath of a deadly avian flu, do I have your attention yet?
Tony Chu is your protagonist, he’s a Cibopathic, meaning he can see exactly how whatever he’s eating came to be. If he eats an apple he can see it’s growth on the tree and what pesticides were used, he can see his beefs last visions before it’s death, and if he’s so inclined, see human memories if he feasts on said human’s flesh. The avian flu, or “birdemic”, has killed 23 million Americans and over 116 million worldwide causing Chicken and other bird products to be outlawed. This gives us a prohibition era of sorts, only you change the speakeasies to underground chicken restaurants. The U.S. government has employed the F.D.A to combat this fowl underground black market, and Tony Chu is one of their newest agents. Chu is accident prone and often falls face first into dangerous situations. His luck isn’t that good either, his “gift”, or curse depending on how you want to look at it, forces him to sometimes eat humans, rotting food, and even decayed flesh. And by the end of volume 1, Chu will have lost two partners.
Chew is, I’m pretty sure, completely original. It’s an example of an idea brought forward and executed perfectly. You won’t read anything like it. It’s creative, funny, and intellectual making the first volume “Taster’s Choice” a must read. I swear at one point it even made astronomy interesting, I kid you not. And there’s even two pages worth of actual Russian being spoken back and forth. My Russian is a little rusty, so it took me around 20 minutes to translate it…only to find out it was translated on the last page for me. The comic isn’t without it’s funny quirks either, I suggest scanning the background for little bits such as posters and signs. A “Commando” movie poster with Arnold Schwarzenegger and a large picture of Bolo Yeung from “Bloodsport” can be spotted in certain slides. If you want something fresh and interesting, Chew is just what the doctor prescribed, if you were trying to get rid of some flesh eating disease.
There are plenty of copies available at Cosmic Comics in Las Vegas so head over an pick one up before they’re all gone. You’ll never look at beets the same way again. And maybe dead dog, but that’s neither here-nor-there.
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