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Take a Bite Out of Crime with Chew

I’ve already discussed digital comics with comiXology, The Walking Dead Volume 1, and Fables, but today I figured I’d discuss something really wacky.  It was a surprise hit when it originally released back in June 2009, by Image Comics.  Creators John Layman and Rob Guillory had no expectations for the series.  They simply wanted to do an adult-themed book that was silly and way out there.  In 2010 the series won the Eisner award for ‘Best New Series’ and from there the sky’s been the limit.  It remains one the highest selling independent releases of all time.  So just what the heck is it all about?

Now this is one messed up comic series.

Imagine a world where the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is more powerful than the FBI.  In this world a unique form of the bird flu wiped out over 23 million Americans, and as a result the FDA gained supreme control over policing the country, or at least trying to make sure the same thing never happens again.

Tony Chu is a police detective for the Philadelphia Police Department, and just so happens to be a Cibopath.  Cibopaths are people who can tell what has happened to whatever they eat.  If Tony eats a piece of lettuce he can tell when it was harvested, what pesticides were used on it, etc.  If he eats a piece of meat, well you can imagine what he sees.  The only food he can eat where he doesn’t have psychic visions are beets, but who wants to eat beets all the time?

While investigating a suspected chicken smuggling operation, Tony accidently eats soup made with human remains.  He races to the kitchen to confront the would-be murdering chef, and in the process his partner is seriously hurt, like clever to the head hurt.  Outside the restaurant Tony catches up with the murderer, who slits his throat instead of being taken in.  Without the chef, Tony has no way of finding the other people who may have been murdered.  Their families will never be at ease, unless…no he can’t do that…could he?  Determined to solve this case, Tony does what he has to, he’s starts chomping down on the chef’s body.

Once everything is said and done, his police chief is none to pleased.  Sure the case is solved, but his partner is about to die in the hospital and he was caught by other officers…eating a dead body.  How exactly do you explain that in a report?  His chief has no choice but to resign him of duty, and just as all hope looks like it’s gone, Mason Savoy, an FDA agent comes in and tells Tony that this might be the end of his police career, but it’s the beginning of something much more interesting.  Interesting, indeed!

That’s essentially the first issue of Chew in a nutshell, but what happens later on just goes from wacky to all out insane.  The different cases Tony has to solve, and how everything is eventually connected to some global conspiracy makes this series one of the best.  It’s hilarious, but you’ve got to have a strong stomach to deal with some of the nastier panels.  When Tony’s family makes their first appearance you’ll be in switches.  I especially love when other characters are introduced who happen to have unique powers like Tony, one can make people taste whatever she writes about, just by reading her work.  How wild is that?

Chew isn’t for everyone, but if you have a dark sense of humor, I’m positive you’ll find something to enjoy with this daring and risqué series.

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

I may be on vacation, but I always find ways of securing my latest comics.  This week I was able to get the illusive 1:100 black and white variant for Amazing Spider-Man #640 on the same day as the rest of my books.  There was also a very sweet original graphic novel released this week, Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story.  I’m excited to check that out when I get the chance.

The Amazing Spider-Man #640, The Amazing Spider-Man #640 1:1 Women of Marvel Variant, The Amazing Spider-Man #640 1:25 Quesada Variant, The Amazing Spider-Man #640 1:100 Black & White Quesada Variant,Chew #13, and Fables #97.
First Wave #3 of 6, The Last Phantom #1, The New Avengers #3, Secret Avengers #4, Uncanny X-Men #527, and Web of Spider-Man #11.
Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story Original Graphic Novel.

Did any of you pick anything up this week?

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

Since I’m currently enjoying some vacation time, I was able to pick up my comics fairly early this afternoon.  I know the post is going up around the usual time, but c’est la vie.  I also have a picture of the one in one hundred black and white Quesada variant for Amazing Spider-Man #639 that just arrived today.  Only two more to go, and the 1:100 books should stop for the next couple of years.  These things are a killer on the wallet.

Amazing Spider-Man #639 Black & White Quesada 1:100 Variant.

This week I also added Fables and Jack of Fables back to my reserve list.  I used to buy this series ages ago, but thanks to the DC App on the iPhone/iPad, I’ve gotten back into it.  If you’re looking for a comic where there are no rules and anything can happen, then you should check it out.  Trade paperback collections featuring around ten issues per book go for around $10 to $15.  That means you could buy the entire series for around $120.  That’s pretty darn good.  The series takes the fable characters like Snow White, Cinderella, and places them in a modern setting where anything can happen.  Keep in mind this is a mature series, so don’t let your kiddies read this one.  It’s also extremely popular with the female readers out there so if your wife or girlfriend is interested in reading, give them this series and and see what happens.

Birds of Prey #4, Daredevil #509, Daytripper #9 of 10, The Incredible Hulk #611, The Invincible Iron Man #29, and The Spectacular Spider-Girl #4 of 4.
Superman #702, Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #2 of 4, Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1 of 6, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13, and The Unwritten #16.

So there you have it.  Some pretty big Vertigo books this week including Unwritten and Daytripper.  What I love about Vertigo is the fact that anything can happen in their books.  While I love my Superman, Batman and Spider-Man books, I do tire of the fact that almost nothing concrete ever happens to these characters.  The days of major lead characters dying and remaining dead are long over with.  With Vertigo though, characters can come and go because these different series are creator owned and controlled.  A lot of these series also have a final issue in mind, meaning the series will eventually wrap up.  I really enjoy titles like that.

What do you think about superhero books in relation to creator-controlled stories?

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

Thanks to the increase in price, I’ve had to drop quite a few books.  You’ll notice as the weeks go on that my list of comics will become even smaller.  This $3.99 price point is just too much given the sheer volume of books I purchase.  So today you’ll notice I only bought 10 books and an original graphic novel.  Before we begin, I promised I’d show you that wicked variant of Amazing.  It finally arrived.

Amazing Spider-Man #638 - All three variant (1:1, 1:25, and 1:100).
Amazing Spider-Man #638 1:100 Black & White Quesada Variant.

I’ve already placed my order for this week’s black and white variant (#639), it should arrive sometime early next week.  I’ll take a pic of that variant once it arrives.  On average, these black and white variants sell for upwards of $100.  It’s because they’re so rare.  There’s only around 600 of these bad boys made worldwide.  Yup, rare indeed.  So here are today’s books.

Amazing Spider-Man #639, Amazing Spider-Man #639 1:25 Quesada Variant, Captain America #608, Casanova #2, Greek Street #14, and Irredeemable #16.
iZombie #4, Secret Six #24, Shadowland #2 of 5, Sweet Tooth #12, Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #6, and Fogtown.

See what I mean?  I’ve really cut back, and it will continue until I’m satisfied with the current pricing on these books.  If you bought anything this week, by all means let me know what you picked up.  I’m also waiting for those O.M.I.T. impressions.

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

I didn’t have a chance to go and buy my comics last week, but here’s what I picked up this week.  The new price of $4 per comic is sure taking a hit to my wallet.  I’m going to have to seriously start to think about dropping quite a few series in order to continue this hobby.  The prices are getting too out of control now.  Digitally I can buy comics for $1.99 instead of $3.99.  50% the cost is good in my book.  Only thing that sucks is that you have to wait an extended period of time before you can buy new books in the digital format.  Ok, let’s get to this week’s comics.

Action Comics #891, American Vampire #5, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 of 6, Batman: The Widening Gyre, Detective Comics #867, and Fantastic Four #581.
Green Lantern #56, Incorruptible #8, Secret Avengers #3,Thor #612, Ultimate Comics Mystery #1, Uncanny X-Men #526.
Wonder Woman #601, and Unknown Soldier #22.

I also managed to pick up the sketch variant of Amazing Spider-Man #638. I’ll take a pic of it when it finally arrives.

Weekly Comics + O.M.I.T. Initial Impressions (Spoiler-Free)

I’ve waited three years for this week.  Before I jump into my initial impressions, let’s showcase this week’s books.

Amazing Spider-Man #638, Amazing Spider-Man #638 1:25 Quesada Variant, American Son #3 of 4, Avengers #3, Batman Beyond #2 of 6, and Brightest Day #6.
G.I.Koe: A Real American Hero #156, Green Hornet #6, Marvelman Primer One-Shot, Neonomicon #1, New Avengers #2, and The Spirit #4.
Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1 of 6, Thunderbolts #146, Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #5, Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #3, and Web of Spider-Man #10.

As you can see I didn’t manage to get the sketch variant for Amazing, but I’ll be ordering it online and will take a pic once it arrives.  The comic shops had to order 100 issues in order to get just one copy of that particular variant.  I may have figured out a way to prevent this issue from ever arising again, and I have no clue why I never thought of it earlier.  More info on that if and when I figure it all out.

Take note that the latest issue of Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet shipped this week.  That’s been an excellent series and one you should all be reading.  On top of that Alan Moore’s latest, Neonomicon begins today as well.  You can’t go wrong with Alan Moore, the man behind V For Vendetta, Watchmen and MANY other classic yarns.

So let’s start talking about One Moment In Time.  The concept was simple, Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, wanted to explain exactly what caused MJ and Peter not to wed.  Now that I’ve read the first of four chapters, it’s an interesting tale he’s trying to tell.  The first chapter is titled “Something Old” and one would assume that’s referring to the old marriage theme of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  I assume each chapter will be named accordingly.  In this first chapter, we learn two key details, that I won’t be sharing with you.  I’ll simply say that we finally learn what MJ whispered to Mephisto, and we learn what single event caused the MJ and Peter to not marry on their wedding day.  All of this is told by incorporating actual panels and layouts from the original wedding issue from 1987, and it’s also told with “present day” Peter and MJ discussing the event.

So with that taken care of, what exactly did I think after my first read?  To be honest, I was a little let down by what MJ whispered.  I thought it would have been more traumatic, but I completely understand why Joe went in this direction.  Again, without spoiling anything, it certainly changes one’s perception of Peter, in a very good way.  I’ll stop there.

I really liked the overall story though.  Other than the little MJ aspect, I found the issue to be highly entertaining, and I loved the great use of old material mixed with new material.  It still sucks that MJ and Peter aren’t married any longer, but I think Joe’s been able to create a really good tale here.  The thing is, the story is pretty well over, so where does he plan to take things for the next three chapters?  I assume we will continue to learn more about what happened after their marriage and how people forgot Peter was really Spider-Man.

Something else that’s been bothering me as of late is this one little fact.  If Peter and MJ were never married, than they likely didn’t have a child, and then how do they explain the ending of the Clone Saga which was directly related to Ben’s death?  It doesn’t add up.  I hope they have an explanation for the baby Peter and MJ were expecting.  Also, do either Peter or MJ remember anything about the deal with Mephisto?  I hope to learn more about that too.  I seriously doubt either one of them does, but hey, there were hints in some of the Brand New Day stories, especially the Paper Doll issue of Amazing.

So my initial impression is this, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall issue, and the story it told.  At the same time I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed by what MJ told Mephisto, and the fact that seeing these two characters together again and not married feels kind of weird now.

So now I pose the question to you, what did you think of One Moment In Time?

Guess What’s Back? Weekly Comic Updates!

It may have taken me a little while to get my comic situation under control, but now I’m officially back in action folks.  I may not be able to update this article every Wednesday, but I will ensure the update follows sometime during the week.  This week was a great week to start back as JMS started his Superman run, there’s a new issue of Chew and Amazing Spider-Man end its current Grim hunt storyline before the huge OMIT story begins next week.  Needless to say, it’s a massive week!  Enjoy, and it’s great updating this article again :)

Amazing Spider-Man #637, Amazing Spider-Man #637 1:1 Variant, Batgirl #12, Batman #701, Birds of Prey #3, and The Brave and the Bold #35.
Chew #12, Daredevil #508, Daytripper #8 of 10, The Invincible Iron Man #28, Spectacular Spider-Girl #3 of 4, and Superman #701.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #12, The Unwritten #15, A Prelude to The Outfit: The Man with the Getaway Face, and Revolver.

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

This will be my final comic post for the next two weeks.  We’re off to E3 next week, and I won’t have a chance to pick up the books until the following week.  That means on June 23rd, I’m going to have a whole bunch of comics to showcase.  Here are all the goodies I picked up yesterday.

Batgirl #11, Batman #700, Captain America #606, Captain America #606 Variant, Chew #11, and Daredevil #507.
Daytripper #7, Doc Savage #3, The Invincible Iron Man #27, Nemesis #2, Sam and Twitch: The Writer #3 of 4, and Secret Six #22.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #2, Spider-Man: Fever #3 of 3, Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #3, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #11, Uncanny X-Men #525, and The Unwritten #14.
A God Somewhere, and Neil Young's Greendale.

I’ll be back in two week’s time with a massive amount of comics to go through.  Until that time, let me know what interests you this week.

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

Sorry for the extreme delay, but we posted reviews this week, and there were some pretty interesting news articles to keep you all busy.  I really didn’t have a chance to go pick up my weekly books until yesterday, but E3 booking has been keeping me ultra busy.  Anyways, here are the books I picked up this week.

Adventure Comics #12, Avengers Prime #1, Brightest Day #3, Demo Vol. 2 #5, Greek Street #12, I and Zombie #2.
Red Hood: Lost Days #1, Irredeemable #14, Red Robin #13, Spectacular Spider-Girl #2, and Sweet Tooth #10.

As you can see, it was a pretty short week.  If you happened to pick up some books this week, let me know :)

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

It’s Wednesday, you know the rest…

The Amazing Spider-Man #632, The Amazing Spider-Man #632 Heroic Age Variant, The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #37, Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #2, The Brave and the Bold #34, and Detective Comics #865.
Fantastic Four #579, Green Hornet #4, Green Lantern Corps #48, Green Lantern #54, Peter Parker #3, and Sam & Twitch Writer #2.
Secret Avengers #1, Secret Warriors #16, Seven Psychopaths #1, Superman: War o the Supermen #4 of 4, Thor #610, and Thunderbolts #144.
Ultimate Comics Enemy #4, Unknown Soldier #20, and Wonder Woman #44.

There’s not very much to say.  I’ve got a heck of a lot of books to read before the week is out.  I suppose I could mention that this week marks the final time Wonder Woman will be written by Gail Simone.  JMS takes over as of next issue.  Should be pretty epic finale.

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

This week I missed out on the latest issue of Superman: War of the Supermen which kind of ticked me off, but what can you do.  I’ll be picking up #3 and #4 next week with the rest of my books.  This week was a pretty small week for me in relation to all the other books I’ve been buying lately.  Take a look at that new Vertigo Crime book, can’t wait to give it a read.

American Son #1 of 4, American Vampire #3, The Avengers #1, Brightest Day #2, Invincible Iron Man #26, and Joe the Barbarian #5 of 8.
The Spirit #2, Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #2, and The Executor.

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

I know, I know, I’m late.  There was no PS Store update or anything.  What’s the world gotten to?  I’ll show you what the world’s gotten to…

Yup, I’ve been hooked on the playoffs since they began, and yesterday I was at the Bell Center cheering on the Habs as they beat the Pens 5-2 to win the series and move onto the conference finals.  Talk about a wicked game.  Anyways, that has nothing to do with this post, but at least you know why I’ve been M.I.A. for the last few days.  I promise to get back into the groove though.  I even wrote a review.  I know, shocking!  I’m just waiting on Justin to give it a quick once over and it’ll be live.  Now, let’s get the weekly comics out of the way, shall we?

Adventure Comics #11/514, The Amazing Spider-Man #631, The Amazing Spider-Man #631 1:15 Variant, The Anchor #7, Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 of 5, and Avengers: The Initiative #35.
Batgirl #10, Batman #699, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 of 6, Birds of Prey #1, Black Widow #2, and Dark Avengers #16.
Daytripper #6, Doc Savage #2, First Wave #2 of 6, The Flash #2, Greek Street #11, and Incredible Hulk #609.
The Marvels Project #8, The New Avengers Finale One-Shot, Sam and Twitch #1 of 4, Siege #4 of 4, Siege Embedded #4 of 4, and The Sentry: Fallen Son One-Shot.
Superman: War of the Supermen #2 of 4, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #10, The Unwritten #13, and Web of Spider-Man #8.

What an insane week it has been.  Needless to say, I think that about covers everything I wanted to get off my chest for this week.  Who knows what’s going to happen next week ;)

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

I hope you all had the chance to go and pick up some free comics this past Saturday during Free Comic Book Day.  If you did, what did you think of War of the Supermen?  The follow-up was released this week, so if you’re looking for a good place to jump into the comic world, this is certainly it.

The Amazing Spider-Man #630, The Amazing Spider-Man #630 1:15 Variant, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1 of 5, Batman and Robin #12, Brightest Day #1, and Demo Vol. 2 #4 of 6.
Incorruptible #5, Irredeemable #13, I, Zombie #1, Pilot Season: Stealth #1, Red Robin #12, and Second Coming Revelations: Hellbound #1 of 3.
Secret Six #21, The Spectacular Spider-Girl #1 of 4, Spider-Man: Fever #2 of 3, Superman: War of the Supermen #1 of 4, Sweet Tooth #9, and Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #2.
Uncanny X-Men #524.

Free Comic Book Day 2010

Well Free Comic Book Day has officially come to a close.  I did pretty good, managing to score all the Gold comics and a lot of the Silver comics as well.  The difference between the two are basically the amount of money the companies invest into the event, and how the comics the publishers really want to push.  So take a look at everything I scored for free, and be sure to let me know which books you managed to get your hands on.

Gold Books: Archie's Summer Splash! #1, Doctor Solar/Magnus Robot Fighter, Fractures Fables, Fraggle Rock, G.I.Joe #155 1/2, and Iron Man/Thor.
Gold Books: Shrek, Toy Story, War of the Supermen #0, and Yow!
Silver Books: Bongo Comics Free-For-All!, DC Kids, Green Hornet #1, Iron Man/Nova, Irredeemable/Incorruptible, and The Sixth Gun.
Silver Books: Sonic The Hedgehog, The Stuff of Legend, and Worlds of Aspen 2010.

So there you have everything I picked up today.  This brings Free Comic Book Day 2010 to an end.  I really hope some of you spent the time at your local comic shop today to see what the fuss is all about.

Jarrod’s Weekly Comics

I know I’m a few days late, but that’s only because I wanted to hype up this Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day.  That’s right folks, all across North America, and in most parts of Europe, this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day.  That’s when publishers try and convince new readers to come onboard by handing out free comics.  Talk about a sweet deal!  To hype up the event, I’m posting my regular weekly comics a little late.  Enjoy, just the same.  I’ll update with the free comic books once I pick them up sometime tomorrow.

Action Comics #889, The Amazing Spider-Man #629, Captain America #605,Captain America #605 1:15 Variant, Detective Comics #864, and Fantastic Four #578.
Green Hornet #3, Green Lantern Corps #47, The Invincible Iron Man #25, Mighty Avengers #36, New Avengers #64, and Peter Parker #2.
Secret Warriors #15, Siege: Secret Warriors One-Shot, Superman #699, Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #3 of 3, Thor #609, and Thunderbolts #143.
Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #1, Unknown Soldier #19, Victorian Undead #6, Wonder Woman #43, and X-Force #26.