Updated on 16 October, 2021
Chew Comic is an American online comic book series revolving around a Chinese-American U.S. Food and Drug Administration detective, Tony Chu. It's written by John Layman and drawn by Rob Guillory. The comic was created as a Punjabi comic book and later released in English as Chew, which is not related to the comic at all. However, the two comic books take a very similar concept.
To begin with, in every issue of Chew, a crime is solved by locating an ingredient used to make the crime. In this way, every issue focuses on a single case and follows its progress from beginning to end. The second comic involves the relationship between Tony Chu and Yaphet Kotto, two boys who are friends. In this book, Yaphet tries to get out of a life of crime while Tony goes into a deep depression. This comic provides a mild comedy with a lot of humor.
The plot of each issue of the comic book revolves around a crime. For example, in issue #3, Yaphet is held captive in a restaurant by mobsters. He then helps Chun Li, a Chinese restaurant owner, save the restaurant from the mobsters. The entire story takes place in the Chinese restaurant where most of the comic is told.
There are various types of crime shown in Chew. In one issue, Chuy Hsu is accused of murder and hanged in a square. In another, Yaphet finds evidence that Yaphet killed his brother Michael and flees the scene of the crime. In yet another comic, Chuy Hsu is shot and killed by a hit man.
The first three comics concentrate on one crime or villain, while the fourth and final book focuses on another crime. The crime in each comic varies, though. In the first, Yaphet is a petty thief. He steals from other people, including an Italian storeowner. However, in the second comic, he is a drug dealer.
In the third comic, Yaphet captures Stick, a member of the Symbiotropian Mafia, and demands to sell him into slavery. However, Stick is able to escape and catches up with Yaphet and another criminal, Stretch. Stretch attacks Yaphet, but is knocked down when Yaphet pins Stretch to the ground. Stretch then pins Yaphet to the ground until Yaphet coughs up the money that Stretch wants, then punches him in the head.
In the fourth and final issue of the comic book series, Stretch decides to retire from crime. He sells all of his shares in the restaurant where he worked, and takes with him his associate, Jirocho. The two then form a new crew, the Jittery Mob, to rob banks. One of their first targets is the fictional strip club called "The Lazy Meadow".
Each strip club in the book series has a different theme, ranging from gambling to high-stakes poker matches. In most cases, the strip club is owned by the criminals that the book's characters are robbing or stealing from. For instance, Stretch goes to the strip club owned by Fagin in the third strip. Each strip contains a different storyline, and is beautifully drawn with good line art.
One of the strengths of the strip books, aside from the excellent artwork, is that they were not overly expensive. This was a benefit for children who were only able to afford the single issue of the comic books. However, many children enjoyed the series because of the one-shots featuring the comic book heroes. Additionally, many of the supporting characters did not have huge price tags attached to them in the comic books. Thus, the children did not have to buy tons of individual issues of each comic book, but only had to buy the one that they wanted to read.
After a number of the comic book series were canceled, several came back to life in the mid 90s. Two of these re-published comic books were written by Todd Davidson and drawn by Mike De Luca. Both of these books were highly popular and the writers became well known. These two series, however, did not focus on the police force like the old ones. Instead, they focused on animal abuse, child abuse, sex crimes and a myriad of other crime genres.
There are numerous websites and online stores that offer a line of "chew comic" products. Most of these products, however, are geared towards younger children. For example, one of these products may be appropriate for a pre-teen aged child. There are even chew comic books for babies! If you are looking for an enjoyable pastime, this is an ideal way to spend your spare time.