John Layman’s award winning comic Chew is getting the animation treatment by director Jeff Krelitz (Torchwood: Web of Lies, Peter Panzerfaust) and they’ve cast Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Felicia Day (The Guild, Geek & Sundry) as the voices for detective Tony Chu and his girlfriend Amelia Mintz. (more…)
Finally it’s new Comics Wednesday and its time to dive into a whole new random pile of books and see what we come up with. To be honest, this week came with a few hints about what 2012 will look like, well for one company that is. Yes, we are on the cusp of hitting comic book crossover event season. “Hey, wait… Fear Itself and Flashpoint JUST wrapped up” you might say, but you know how it works. Big guys are warming us up for the next one.
DC looks like they might be going for smaller events at the moment. Crossing over a few books and letting the characters meet each other again for the first time in the DCnU. Don’t fool yourself, There is the mystery purple hoodie lady, there is something brewing. Who is she? How does she fit in? Is this a set up to how the new Multiverse set up since the reset? Personally, I really wish last weeks Tiny Titans was the true canonical answer to who the mystery lady is, but Dan DiDio would never let that happen, would he.
The other guys, Marvel that is, have an event they just dropped some details on, oh we’ve already covered it, but I just wanted to chime in here. Avengers Vs X-Men? Come on. This had better be bigger than that. Back a few weeks, Marvel Point One hinted more than just your typical and done to death hero vs hero slug fest. Also, what is Wolverine going to do? He’s on both damn teams! Oh the drama. With any luck, when the Phoenix smacks her/itself into the Earth, maybe Marvel will get is own (imo) much needed reboot.
Ok, so what do we have this week? I bite into another one of those books. You know the one everyone is talking about, one that’s winning awards, one that I probably should have picked up long ago. Also, check in with one of DC’s New 52, one I dropped at issue one and never looked back, even though everyone was talking about great it was and probably going to win awards. Speaking of next years event for Marvel, I grab a book that is supposedly made up of the ‘connective tissue of the Marvel Universe’ so, we should have something to talk about beyond Captain America fighting Cyclops, again. The last one? I prove a point about Alex Ross and marketing ploys.
It’s all up after the jump in the fast and dirty reviews.
The graphic novel turned television is really trending right now. AMC took Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead from the pages of black and white to becoming the biggest smash hit of AMC’s history. NBC is turning DC’s Wonder Woman into (hopefully) a breakout hit for the network, after the lukewarm reception and flushing of The Cape. Now, it seems yet another network is jumping into the comic book turned live action series with one of the weirdest series to date.
Sit down, watch tv, it’s what the people want.
Every person goes out to eat every know and then, some places are better then others. Now try and finish a meal when every bite you take gives you a psychic vision of that foods complete history whenever you take a bite. It’s the basis of Rob Guillory’s bestselling comic book Chew. Deadline is reporting that television network Showtime has acquired the rights for a small screen adaptation and intends for the show to be a dark comedy. Why not, right?
Here is the official plot synopsis from the graphic novel:
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. Presenting a twisted new series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants, written by JOHN LAYMAN (Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four and PUFFED) with mind-blowing art by ROB GUILLORY.
Written by Ron Hughes and Terri Milbauer, which Showtime will tweak, the pilot episode will be handled by Stephen Hopkins. Besides being the director of the project, Hopkins will also be executive producer for Circle of Confusion, the company behind AMC’s The Walking Dead. Being connected to the hottest undead series of 2010 means that this show is gonna have some big boots to fill, but it looks promising. Hopkins, who also helmed episodes of Tales from the Crypt, isn’t a strange to the film scene, with big screen films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, Predator 2, Blown Away, The Ghost and the Darkness, 1998′s Lost in Space, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and The Reaping under his belt. As long as they can stick to the true nature of the Chew series without taking too many liberties and straying away from it’s core content, they should be fine. If not, set the oven and get the forks ready because the goose is already cooked.
Chew, IGN’s pick for “Best Indie Series of 2009,” and MTV Splash Page’s “Best New Series of 2009.” is available in a 246-page Chew: omnivore (which Collects the New York Times’ best seller “Taster’s Choice,” as well as the follow-up story-arc “International Flavor”) and can be purchased on Amazon for $23.09.