If you don't frequent you're local comic shop, your probably staring at me with a blank face right and wondering what exactly "Chew" is. Chew is a monthly full color comic, written by John Layman and illustrated by Rob Guillory.
Chew takes place in a world where all chicken products have been outlawed due to a massive bird flu outbreak. It tells the story of Tony Chu, a cop with the unique ability to get a psychic impression from whatever he eats. This ability is known as cibopathy. For example if he eats an apple he gets an impression of what pesticides and fertilizers were used on it and when it was harvested. If he eats a hamburger he sees a cow being slaughtered. Curiously enough the only food he can eat without having a psychic impression is beets. Tony works with the FDA (Food and Drug Association), solving murders and smuggling operations with his unique abilities. Tony's abilities lend themselves greatly to detective work as long as he doesn't mine dining on a murder victim to figure out who killed him or nibbling on a finger to find out who it belongs to. From there the story's get totally ridiculous involving vampires, alien life, luchador roosters, and anti-chicken prohibition terrorist groups.
The characters in Chew are also fantastic. Tony is pretty much the straightman by-the-book cop where as his current partner, John Colby is the loose canon of the duo. Oh and did I mention Colby is a cyborg? Tony's former partner, the sai weilding Mason Savoy, is eccentric and mysterious. Tony's girlfriend Amelia Mintz has the ability to write about food so accurately the reader can taste it. Chew has a great ensemble cast and each character is unique from the last.
What you're probably thinking is why should tell tale waste their time making this stupid cannibal cop game when they could be making Sam and Max Season 4/Monkey Island Season 2/Other thing you people want? It's because its practically a match made in heaven! Every issue of chew is self contained while adding to a larger story, which would lend its self perfect to tell tale's episodic release model. The art is cartoony and vibrant and would look fantastic rendered in 3D by telltale. Tony's cibopathic abilities would work almost exactly like Max's viewmaster in the devils playhouse. You could take a bite out of something and get a clue instead of emphasizing inventory puzzles. Also theirs obviously money to be made with the debut issues now going into their third or fourth printing, the reader base steadily growing every month and showtime adapting the comic into a tv show (KEN LEUNG 4 CHU!!!!).
So yeah... if there are any other CHEW fans who agree with me, let telltale hear your voice. And if you're not already acquainted with the warped world of Tony Chu I highly suggest you step outside your comfort zone and pick up the three available trades.