Food and travel personality Anthony Bourdain's forthcoming comic book set in a futuristic Los Angeles pits a pair of chef warlords against each other in a bloody, culinary war where diners who deign to ask for California rolls or stir wasabi in their soy sauce are decapitated with razor-sharp sushi knives.
Bourdain, already a bestselling author for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential, has parlayed his childhood love of comic books and his star-powered name into Get Jiro, his first food-themed graphic novel that's ruthlessly and comically violent, and speaks to the cult-like obsessions of the foodie elite.
Illustrated by Langdon Foss and co-written with Joel Rose, the story revolves around dueling chef mobs who rule the city with their knives and culinary ethos. There are the Internationalists, who preach fusion cuisine, and the Vertical Farm, which commands a militant organic, vegetarian and macrobiotic kitchen.
Enter Jiro, a renegade sushi chef drawn into the bloody turf war, but who cooks to his own drum.
Oddly enough, it's not the first time the superhero world, comic books and chefs have collided. Last year, an issue of Spider-Man took on a chef sidekick in the cartoon figure of Top Chef contestant Eli Kirshtein. The collaboration stemmed from Marvel executive C.B. Cebulski's love of food.