Chew is a story about a world where the eating of chicken is prohibited. The federal agency that enforces this prohibition. And some of the agents given that task.
It's also a world where some of its residents have food-based powers. Agent Chu can see the past of anything or anyone he eats – except for beetroot.
It also reminds me a little of the pitch that Robert Kirkman gave for The Walking Dead to get it greenlit. That zombies were just softening up the Earth for an alien invasion.
Because in Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory, published by Image Comics, we have been made aware that the Earth has been targeted by alien forces unknown. And that the real reason that chicken is illegal isn't because of avian flu, but because it has been decided that if people eat chicken, then the world will be destroyed.
And the defense mechanism of the planet, are those very citizens with food based powers. Certain members of them, that is.
How many would you kill to save the world? Hundreds? A million? Tens of millions? More? Including your closest family and friends?
That's where Chew goes. It prepares a very unappetising meal, something incredibly hard to swallow, then challenges you to eat it because you are starving and there is nowhere else open at this time on a Sunday night.
Today's fifty-ninth issue does what Chew #54 threatened to do. In fact going back to that issue, gives us so many panels that seem so ironic now.
Chew #60 – one final epilogue issue – to come. And a couple of panels worth revisiting…