Title: Taster’s Choice
Story by: John Layman
Art by: Rob Guillory
Issues collected: #1-5
Publisher: Image Comics
Publishing Date: 2009
Diverse and LGBTQIA+
Tony Chu is a detective with a strange secret, as a Cibopath he can get physic impressions from whatever he eats. This helps make him an impressive detective, as long as he doesn’t mind taking a bite of a corpse for two!
Get ready to enter the fascinating world of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), full of bizarre food powers, sick crimes, and the aftermath of a bird pandemic that has outlawed chicken of all kinds.
The first story arc of Chew follows Tony as he is recruited by the FDA, one of the most powerful law enforcement agencies on the planet. They know about his unique gift and how to use it to their advantage. From criminals to cyborgs to vampires, Taster’s Choice is a fast-paced debut that hooks you in from the first page.
Tony Chu leads the cast as the ‘by the book’ detective who sees crime in just black and white. He finds it hard to relax, especially when he knows people are ignoring the government-mandated ban on chicken products. His partners John, and Colby each bring a different element to the partnership. With John’s laid back attitude, and total disrespect of the ban, to Colby’s need to get to the bottom of everything using his own Cibopathic abilities. Rounding the main cast is Applebee, Tony’s new boss who takes an instant dislike to Tony, assigning him the grossest cases he can find (not for the squeamish reader!).
John Layman’s story takes you on an adventure from page one, leaving you wanting more. With a host of well rounded and well-written characters, the world doesn’t feel lacking at any point. Artist Rob Guillory compliments the writing style of John Layman perfectly, capturing the world with ease. With an array of panel choices, he conveys the action of the page with ease, opting for a more muted earth tone colour palette and a unique drawing style. The background jokes alone are worth picking this volume up!
Abilities introduced in Taster’s Choice
Cibopathics get psychic impressions of the history of whatever they eat, food, or flesh. Beets are the only exception.
Saboscrivners can write about food so vividly that people get the actual sensation of taste when reading it – the good and bad!
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