Food For Thought: Tony Chu And The Gross Appeal Of Cibopathy

The idea of having superpowers can often be a thrilling one. How many of us have wondered what it would be like to fly or be able to stop time? Superheroes are regularly depicted using their powers to fight crime and save lives. But some powers aren’t glamorous. In the case of Tony Chu, they are a pain in the ass. Created by John Layman in the Chew series, Chu is a cibopath who gets psychic impressions from the food he eats.

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Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice Review: Taking A Bite Out Of Crime (Literally)

Food and comics are two of my biggest interests, so I’m always looking for an excuse to combine the two together. It’s why I’m kicking myself for only recently discovering the Chew series created by John Layman. The series follows Tony Chu, a Food and Drugs Administration agent who solves crimes by getting psychic visions from the food he eats. His power puts him a variety of messed up situations that involve cannibalism, gun fights and murder all in an effort to uphold the law. Chew: Volume 1: Taster’s Choice introduces the character’s world and it’s one of the most original, entertaining stories I’ve ever read.

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