book thoughts: Chew, Volume 1: Taster’s Choice (2009)

Taster's Choice (Chew, Vol. 1)Taster’s Choice by John Layman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I devoured this trade in one sitting *harharhar*

When I picked it up, I knew the basic plot – that Agent Chu could eat something and tell you it’s past, so when a body shows up murdered he ends up having to “chew” on them.  But what I didn’t know was the weird, alternate world he existed in, where a bird flu epidemic caused poultry prohibition, elevating the F.D.A. from paper-pushers to enforcers.

Rob Guillory’s stylized artwork makes some of the nastier bits more bearable to see, and the great mix of mystery and humor in the writing kept me reading into the late hours of the night.  Like any good “pilot episode”, the story appears simple enough on the surface, but by the last few pages, you start to learn about the bigger conspiracy that will keep Chu working – and you reading – for many more issues.

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