Official Press Release
Since CHEW's release, John Layman and Rob Guillory's ongoing crime series with a disgustingly delicious twist has faced a series of distribution-level sellouts despite extremely healthy reprints. Next month, Issues One, Two and Three will each be reprinted in time for Issue Four's release, with Issue One reprinted for a fourth (and final!) printing, a "Last Bite" edition for people who are still hungry for a copy of one of the most talked about debuts of the summer.
"I continued to be stunned and staggered by response to this book, and I don't understand it one bit.," Layman said. "CHEW is about a cannibal cop, set post bird flu alternative reality. Nobody should want to read it, and, yet, it continues to sell out. I'm told weÂ’re now three times as successful as THE WALKING DEAD's initial launch and, even better, the fans and retailers I've heard from are excited for more. So I'm not even going to try to understand it, I'm just going to be grateful to all the readers and retailers and reviewers who have responded so, so, so positively. Thanks!"
CHEW's star, Detective Tony Chu, is a cop with a secret. As a Cibopath, Detective Chu gets a psychic impression from whatever he eats. While it means he's a hell of a Detective if he can stomach the evidence, once his secret gets out the government makes plans for him, whether he likes it or not. CHEW blends horror, mystery and the strangest ability of them all in an ongoing series of horrific crimes solved in the most horrific way possible. With the sell outs continuing on a regular basis, Image will be once again increasing each printingÂ’s quantities in hopes of keeping them available. The fourth printing of issue one will mark the final time the comic will be reprinted in a special "Last Bite" edition. CHEW #1-4, all 32-page full color comic books for $2.99, will be available in-stores on September 2nd, 2009.
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