Written by James Ferguson
Published on Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:11
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Chew and Revival to Cross Over
Cross-overs are such a fun idea in comics. Unfortunately they don't happen nearly as often as they used to or should. John Layman, Rob Guillory, Tim Seeley, and Mike Norton are setting out to change that in the upcoming Chew / Revival #1, a two issue series from Image Comics.
Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory centers on Tony Chu, a cibopath (someone who can see the history of something by eating it) working for the FDA in a world where chickens are outlawed. Revival is a rural noir by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton about a small town in Wisconsin where the dead came back to life and went back to their business. Tony Chu goes in to investigate the town. That's the setup and it makes total sense.
The cross-over was teased a few days ago with the title “A recipe for resurrection” and the above image. Fans of both series could see where this would lead to.
“In my head I've got a checklist of all my favorite books I want Chew to crossover with, if for no other reason than it gives me an opportunity to visit a world that isn't mine, that I'd nonetheless like to play in,” said Layman. “Revival is a the top of the list, and I'm stoked I've got the opportunity to send Tony Chu to visit. It's a fun opportunity to check out both books for less than a single issue of each.”
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“When John [Layman] proposed the idea, I told Tim [Seeley], ‘no way. That will never work,’” admitted Norton. “After a while I thought about it and went back to Tim and said, ‘yeah, no way, that will never work!’ But then, I thought even more on it. I think the way we’re doing it is reminiscent of when indie books of the '80s would cross companies and appear in each book even though you’d never expect those universes to collide. It’s just a matter of loosening up and having some fun.”
Seeley added, “Chew showed us all that there was a place for quality off-kilter series, and we're excited to have the cast of our 'rural noir' meet up with America's favorite cibopath. I think we've figured out a great way to take advantage of the ‘WHAT THE HELL’ factor of crossing over two very different worlds that'll make for a great read."
“Honestly, even I was shocked how well the two titles gelled together,” said Guillory. “It's a really, really fun experiment that will surprise fans of both books, I think."
Chew/Revival #1 will be available at your local comic shop and digitally on May 28th, 2014. It will retail for $4.99.
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