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I had a big think about this in the summer, but recently, I've been thinking about how comic books attract new readers and how welcoming they are. There's an old saying about how "every comic is somebody's first" and comics have to have a go at making it possible for new readers to pick up any book, even if its midstream. There's a lot of advertised "jumping on points" and Marvel's .1 initiative has been a pretty uneven way of their characters, concepts and stories.

In superhero movies, there's always a desire to do an origin story as a way to make the story accessible to new readers. This always frustrates me, especially since Colleen Coover's told the definitive Spider-man story in one panel and six words and Batman's isn't much more than "My parents are deeeeead." We don't need to see James Bond start his military training and changing to HMSS to know that he's a badass, so why have we got to see Green Lantern get his ring? Why can't we just see him be a space cop?

DC's relaunch has made a big deal about being new reader friendly and has by and large jumped into stories. Apart from Supergirl, I'm not aware of any origins being retold, which is nice.

The story recap )

The concept recap )

The character recap )

The novel recap )

Are comic books really less new-reader friendly than other media? I know that it doesn't take much to pick up a movie and watch it, and that sequels rarely do recaps (though the credits sequence in Incredible Hulk was pretty bloody good). What about for TV? Is it easier to jump into a TV series midstream (and not just soaps, but one with an ongoing narrative like The Shield or Fringe) than it is to jump into an ongoing comics series?
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Greetings, Chew believers!

There's a big Awooga from me this week as Chew v.4 came out in TPB (and with it, the Omnivore edition v.2, collecting #10 to #20.)

I've not read any of Chew 16-20, though I have read 27.

I've already posted the scene where Tony and Amelia Mintz met properly as well as their first date proper.

Tony and Amelia moved in together. But Amelia isn't Tony's first girlfriend...

Before Amelia, there was Mindy )
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Despite my best efforts, Chew still seems to be a title without much hype on Scans_Daily. Considering that I'm trade-waiting, that's not such a bad thing.

However, the most recent issue of Chew was where I made an exception and picked up the single issue. You see, this issue is from Spring 2012.

Chew #27 is part 2 of the not-yet-begun Space Cakes arc and follows on from #18 and sets up for #19 in no real way at all.

The premise is largely the same: There's an agent of a US government group, investigating strange stuff and is themselves a bit strange. Except this time we're following Toni Chu of NASA, twin sister of Tony Chu of the FDA.

And this is her backstory )

If only I didn't have to wait about a year for #28 to come out, since this ended on a cliffhanger
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I've posted a few pieces from Chew already, with some success and a lot of indifference.

Here's a straightforward scene from #2 of Chew, available in the Taster's Choice tpb

Detecting the old fashioned way )
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I could probably have posted this in awesome new female characters week. It's Amelia Mintz, saboscrivener and love interest of the Eisner winning (Best New Series 2010) Chew.

Chew's a novel series that does different things with story-telling, tells an engaging and unique story, builds up the mythos piece by piece. It's a book that's full of new ideas, though it's got some heavily stylised art choices and standard layouts. There's a strong level of humour in it, though it's not just a funny book. There's also loads of Easter eggs put in the book.

From the blog
Tony 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 out Tony Chu`s secret. They have plans for him… whether he likes it or not.

Read more... )
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I've just finished Just Desserts, (Chew #11-#15) and I haven't laughed so hard at a comic book since... probably the end of Ex Machina.

It's a Harvey winning comic.

It's an Eisner winning comic.

I know that I'm only trade waiting, but it's probably up with the absolute best things that I've read, full stop.

The ideas are genuinely new and innovative, the world building works in a natural way, the characters are believable, even if the scenarios are outlandish
five pages from Chew #1 )

Chew 12

Jul. 19th, 2010 03:00 pm
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So I've been wondering if anybody else in the world is reading this series, I need somebody to laugh with me at its chicken-obsessed ridiculousness.

The preview is here at CBR and it shows the first few pages of the plot. That last page had me giggling, ngl :)

3 pages following-ish the preview ahead )
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I am now a big fan of Chew after hearing nothing bad about the book and buying Vol.1: Taster's Choice.

This is why )


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