Anthony Bourdain, the outspoken author and host of No Reservations, is breaking into a new form of media with the release of his first graphic novel.
Get Jiro!, published by DC’s Vertigo comics and co-written by Bourdain and Joel Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, The Blackest Bird), chronicles the tale of Jiro, a vigilante sushi chef in the dystopian future where master chefs are crime lords and their foodie gangs violently battle it out in the kitchens and streets of L.A. The hardcover graphic novel was released in comic book stores on June 27th and will be available online and in bookstores on July 3rd.
Ultimately, the book is a send-up of the foodie culture and a dark vision of how it may evolve. Picture a world where foodies literally kill each other to get an elusive reservation, and ordering a California roll is sufficient justification for a beheading at the hands of the chef. Jiro finds himself and his knife skills as the object of desire for the two controlling chefs in the city, International super-chef Bob and Rose, who is supposedly not-so-loosely based on Alice Waters.
Beyond the satire and blood-spurting neck stumps, the comic promises to also focus on the dishes and techniques used to create them, even down to the wine pairings.
I’m very interested to see how well this turns out, as Bourdain is really shooting for a narrow cross section of comic book fans that are also food nerds. Fortunately, I’m not scared to buy a comic book without having to lie and say it is for my nephew, so this sounds like it will be right up my alley.
I mean, who doesn’t want to take a glimpse into a world where bros ordering California rolls wind up with their heads on platters?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog