Thursday, February 4, 2010


Meet Tony Chu. He is a cibopath, which is a fancy name for his ability of getting psychic impressions when he eats things. For instance when he eats an apple, he sees where it was picked, what pesticides were used on it, what tree it came from, etc. You can probably see why he doesn't like to eat meat, considering what he would see with every bite. The only food that doesn't leave a psychic impression is beets. After being caught eating a serial killer that killed himself instead of confessing his crimes, Tony was roped into working for the FDA, investigating some of the most bizarre crimes. This isn't the FDA of today; it has become the most powerful government law enforcement organization. This is because there was a bird flu that killed literally millions of people. This, of course, means that chicken is outlawed. Many people, including Tony's brother, believe this flu is just a cover for government nastiness. Will Tony stumble onto the truth behind the flu? Will he be able to restrain himself from killing his horrible, horrible boss?

I really love this graphic novel. I first heard about it from a friend a while ago and was intrigued about the cibopath concept. I had no idea that it was actually a dystopic story. (I am such a sucker for those.) The story starts off in a very funny way. Tony and his idiotic police partner are staking out a chicken speakeasy to capture a murderer. The fact that chicken is outlawed really cracked me up, until later in the book when you find that they probably killed millions of people. There were so many things that made me laugh and were also very dark. If you have a twisted sense of humor, this is definitely a read for you.

This novel was a mixture of so many things: crime drama, futuristic dystopia, romance, comedy, and action. This mix really makes this graphic novel stand out about most others that I've read. The story moved fluidly and I read it in about an hour. The art of Rob Guillory really complemented the story very well. It was surreal and cartoony, while still being beautiful and surprisingly detailed. The book ended with a surprising revelation. I can't wait until the next book comes out!

My rating: 4.5/5 fishmuffins

1 comment:

Misty said...

What an interesting idea. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for this.