The Comic Shop Book Club continues to be an awesome way to spend a Thursday evening! This month’s selection was the always-awesome Chew from John Layman and Rob Guillory.
Tony Chu is a Cibopath: that means that by taking a bite of anything — be it a hamburger or a human corpse — he can tell its history. In a future where chicken has been outlawed due to Avian Flu, Tony uses this ability to solve mysterious food related crimes.
This was a first-time read for most club members, but there were a few longtime, diehard fans (Sarah and Ivy included), who really just wanted a chance to discuss it with other readers!
Some of the topics that came up over a snack of Poult-Free (Chik’n nuggets) and beet salad were:
– How important World Building is when telling a story! Chew is a book that manages to drop the reader into a crazy new world pretty seamlessly through its incredibly detailed world.
– Television Tropes and the idea of morality: “good cop/bad cop” doesn’t necessarily mean good person/bad person!
– There was a lively discussion of the benefits of reading in single issue versus trade paperback. This topic was a bit of an experiment to see how a discussion of industry practices would go as we look into launching our Comic Book Forum, a more regular meet up to discuss new books and news!
Join us next month on April 24th for Captain America: Winter Soldier! Because, y’know, you really should read the book if you’re going to see the movie.