Swipe File: Chew And Madam Xanadu

It almost sounds as if this should be some kind of portmanteau title. Madame Xanachew?

Anyway, the new Madame Xanadu #28 from DC/Vertigo caught a few people's attention. Why? Here is the solicitation;

MADAME XANADU #28. For Charlotte Blackwood, taste turns into a nightmare when every time she eats a meal, she gets a vision of what her food went through before arriving on her plate! Can Madame Xanadu help get her off this bad trip?

Does that remind anyone on…

CHEW #1. Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It's a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn't bad enough, the government has figured

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Swipe File: Chew And Madam Xanadu

Swipe File: Chew And Madam Xanadu

Swipe File: Chew And Madam Xanadu Swipe File: Chew And Madam Xanadu

Chew was famously pitched to Vertigo, who passed, before being picked up by Image. A publishing success, it is currently in the process of becoming a TV show. Interesting two of the people at Vertigo who were pitched the book include both Madame Xanadu's editor and associate editor …

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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