The idea of the chef as a superhero is no longer a stretch of the imagination—especially when you consider the emerging form of food-related comics.

Back in 2012, Anthony Bourdain entered the scene by releasing a graphic novel called Get Jiro!, featuring rival L.A. cooking gangs, sushi, and plenty of violence.

It was such a hit that Vulture just announced there’s now a prequel due out October 20th, titled Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi. If you’re a big Vertigo imprint reader or comics fan in general, you’ll appreciate that artist Alé Garza is on board this time, along with prolific cover artist Dave Johnson.

Johnson even slyly teased the cover art on his Insta yesterday:

get jiro teaser

Photo: Instagram/devilpig666

Here’s a slightly larger version of the full cover, in all its gory glory:

get jiro blood and sushi cover

The book will “[tell] the story of how Jiro’s two worlds collided as he worked for his father’s mob, yet pursued his love of cooking at night to become a chef.” According to Vulture, Bourdain offered the following explanation in a statement:

“Where did my ultraviolent sushi chef hero from the previous book come from? What if you were brought up in a family where murder is acceptable practice and making the best sushi on the planet is a shameful secret?

I wanted to take the story back to its beginnings in Japan (albeit a slightly in-the-future, dystopic Japan), and indulge my own enthusiasms for both the place and the many classic genre films that have been made there. This is fun for me.”

All we can say is, it’s a good thing Jiro’s ultimate passion isn’t creating the most perfect ramen in the world, or we’d have some questions about that delightfully rich tonkotsu broth.

[via Vulture]

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