Chew/Revival #1 Crossover: A Delicious Dish
Two of Image Comics most popular titles, Chew and Revival, take on each other’s world in this fun and hilarious cross-over event.
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John Layman and Rob Guillory, writer and artist for the beloved Chew, created the story of an FDA agent named Tony Chu who is a “cibopath.” This basically boils down to the following: if Tony eats something, he immediately knows what happened in that something’s past. This is also the reason he exists solely on beets, because beets don’t seem to have any past to experience.
On the other side of this Chew/Revival crossover event, Tim Seeley and Mike Norton write and draw Revival, a rural noir set in Wasu County, Wisconsin, where the dead are coming back to life. Not in a zombies-eat-your-brain sort of way, but more like a long lost relative visiting that you haven’t seen in a few years. And oh, by the way, they really were really dead.
These two stories intertwine with two separate takes on a similar theme. Tony Chu visits Wasu County and works with Officer Dana Cypress on the investigation of the revival phenomenon that seems to be isolated to this Great Lakes town. In Layman and Guillory’s version, body parts of the undead are being sold on the black market for big bucks and used for bizarre and freakish reasons. Chu uses his digestive powers to eat at a restaurant where the chef is a suspect and things get pretty greasy. Seely and Norton’s turn then features revivers who long for a barn dance they never had a chance to attend and are now trying to recreate that celebration by digging up other bodies in the town cemetery. Chu uses his special skills by eating some Wasu snow and pursuing the culprit via trace elements in the water.
I had so much fun taking a ride in each creator’s brain and reading two of my favorite comic books from different perspectives. Guillory’s art is more cartoonish and it was interesting seeing his vision for revivers who’d been hacked in the face while Norton’s more humanistic sketches brought new life to the face of Tony Chu. The side jokes tucked away in the background of each page were also fun to discover. Several references to other Image titles, like Saga, Five Ghosts and Pretty Deadly were adorably presented by Dana’s young son, Cooper.
I truly hope this isn’t the last crossover for Revival and Chew, and I would love to see more adventures with Tony Chu and Dana Cypress working together. Do I taste True Detective Season Two? One can only dream.