Title: Chew: The Omnivore Edition Volume One
Author: John Layman and Rob Guillory
Page Count/Review Word Count: 268
Chew is a delightful comic, and that means that it also makes a delightful graphic novel when you gather all of the different issues together, which is what has happened here. But even if you’ve bought each of the issues individually, you’d be crazy not to buy this as well – there’s plenty of added extras, from unique art to some of the original concept pieces that the author and illustrator created.
Loosely speaking, Chew follows the story of a cibopathic detective, a guy who has psychic visions when he bites food. As you can imagine, this is quite a useful skill for a detective to have, and he spends a lot of his time taking bites out of corpses to try to determine the causes of death.
Some graphic novels just have a certain shine to them, something special that seems to mark them apart from their contemporaries – this is one of those, and whether it’s because of the unique story-line and compelling characters or the gorgeous illustration and the way in which the stories come to life in front of you, there are plenty of reasons for you to love this book.
There’s also plenty more for you to read – this is just the first collection of stories, and several more are on the market, and I believe the series is still ongoing. So go ahead and grab yourself a copy of it – what’s not to love?