We’re not lying when we say that Chew is one of the best comic books on shelves now. It’s raucously hilarious with the type of off-the-wall energy that is often found only in twisted cartoons like Ren & Stimpy and The Simpsons. The book is about an FDA agent named Tony Chu, who has the ability to get a psychic impression off of anything that he eats. His ability makes him a great detective, but it also means he has to eat some truly disgusting evidence.
Since its debut, writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory have filled each issue with enough perverse humor to leave anyone reading it physically exhausted by the last pages, and that’s why this gem needs to hit the screen. It wouldn’t be able to survive on network television, though, so it’s likely that Chew would need to HBO or Showtime to pick it up for it to work. With the right cast and, more importantly, directors that could bring the book's energy to the screen, Chew could be a stylized piece of madness unlike anything on TV.