2012 · 4 stars · graphic novel · mystery · sci-fi/fantasy

review; chew vol. 1: taster’s choice

Title: Taster’s Choice (Chew #1)
Author: John Layman (illustrated by Rob Guillory)
Pub. Date: November, 2009
Summary: Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He’s been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Rating:

This one’s a little older (how sad that I think of 2009 as old!), but the moment I heard about it – and subsequently saw it on a shelf at work – I knew I needed to read it. A cop-turned-agent who can solve crimes by eating people? Yes, please!

Due to bird flu, the government has banned the sale of chicken. Instead, there are chicken-flavored products, but let’s face it, there’s nothing like the real thing. Tony Chu, an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department, is on a stakeout with his partner in an attempt to bust chicken smugglers.

Instead of catching some black market dealers, Tony gets himself a taste – literally – of a serial killer and secures a shiny, new promotion: FDA agent.

Tony is a cibopath – he get psychic impressions from anything he eats, be it fruit, vegetable, or flesh. Oddly enough, the one food he’s able to eat without receiving any impressions are beets. ♥ My kind of food. Mmm.

There are only three known cibopaths (foreshadowing???) and Tony’s new partner, Mason Savoy is one of them. He’s a big, hulking man who loves his $10 words.

There are five chapters/stories in this volume and they were all great. The one I liked least was problem the fourth chapter: Russian vampires (?) living near the Arctic in a giant telescope.

Taster’s Choice was a great introduction to a totally original series and I can’t wait to read more!

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