Friday, May 4, 2012

Chew: Omnivore Edition Volume 1

Chew: Omnivore Edition Volume 1
Written by John Layman, illustrated by Rob Guillory
Image Comics, 2010
$34.95, Hardcover
February 18th, 2012

Genre: Crime, Humor
Age: 13+
Description: Tony Chu wants to be a normal detective but he has a secret that makes him special and wanted by the special crimes division of the FDA—he is a cibopath. He gets psychic impressions from anything he eats. Ever since the great bird flu epidemic chicken has become the illegal substance of choice. Criminals will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. This means Tony gets to solve some strange and sickening crimes as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on an occasional corpse to close a case.
Opinion: Chew takes a traditional detective story and gives it a unique twist. The humor is quirky dark while the illustrations are gritty but cute at the same time adding a fun atmosphere to the story’s world. Some might find Tony’s talent a bit morbid, but it is played for humor. Tony hates his talent and wishes he were normal. This is a great series for guys and reluctant readers. Warning: This series is for older tweens and teens as it does contain adult language that is appropriate to the story and not just gratuitously thrown in. Awards: 2011 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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