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"'Get Jiro!'" unfolds in a dystopian version of Los Angeles where today's (mostly) polite and academic discussions about food have evolved into grisly gastronomic feuds.... In some ways, "Get Jiro!" represents a coming-full-circle thing for Mr. Bourdain."--"The New York Times""What's an ex-yakuza enforcer turned sushi chef to do, ask culinary expert and author Bourdain (Medium Raw) and co-writer Joel Rose (La Pacifica) in this boisterous lampooning of food culture, a pet project for Bourdain, who seems to revel in the unrestrained narrative allowed in a comic book. Their answer will be enjoyable to anyone versed in samurai revenge stories or the films of Sam Peckinpah.... The book's saving grace is the wonderfully clean and detailed art by an all-star team of artists led by illustrator Foss, whose meticulously researched and composed visuals mirror Jiro's precision with a knife and produce equally appetizing results."--"Publishers Weekly""Bourdain...promised 'an ultra-violent slaughter-fest over culinary arcane, ' and he delivers pretty much exactly that....Bourdain let's his foodie id run wild, extolling the elegant simplicity of a peasant dish like pot-au-feu here and caving in skulls with saute pans there. Foss' stubby, dough-faced figures walk a fine line between goofy and thuggish, and fall apart with great ickiness when dismembered. Equal parts blunt culinary opinion-mongering and satiric takedown of the very same chef-worship culture Bourdain helped create, this amusing diversion coasts comfortably in the wake of the standard bearer of gore-soaked foodie comics..."--"Booklist"

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Born in 1956, Anthony Bourdain graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. He began running New York kitchens at restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan's. His extensive body of work has graced the pages of The Times, New York Times, Observer, the Face, and Scotland on Sunday. He is an ongoing contributor and authority for Food Arts magazine. Bourdain's fictional works include two crime novels - 1997's Gone Bamboo and Bone in the Throat in 1995. His book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly was a bestseller, with an updated edition published in 2007. In 2002, the Food Network debuted what would become a twenty-two episode series featuring Bourdain circling the globe and feeding his adventure eating habit with the most extreme cuisine the world had to offer. The inspired bestselling book, A Cook's Tour In Search of the Perfect Meal, met with huge success in the United Kingdom and the United States. Joel Rose's most recent novel is The Blackest Bird, which has been translated into 13 languages. Previous books include Kill the Poor, Kill Kill Faster Faster (both of which have been made into films), and New York Sawed in Half. For DC Comics, he wrote the graphic novels LA PACIFICA and THE BIG BOOK OF THUGS.

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Handsome Artwork And An Amusing Premise, But The Satiric Storytelling Needs More Flavor 27 May 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Controversial food personality Anthony Bourdain has never been reticent about vocalizing his viewpoints about cooking, foodie culture, and/or other celebrity chefs. This brash and opinionated matter-of-factness can make him somewhat of a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. I, for one, appreciate that his honesty (and even disdain) are not instantly filtered through a politically correct publicity machine. In the current entertainment landscape, it's increasingly rare for someone to express an unprocessed thought. So while I may not always agree with the outspoken Bourdain, I respect his forthrightness. I've been a fan of many of Bourdain's books, and still rank 2000's "Kitchen Confidential" as one of my favorites (it was even adapted into a short-lived and criminally underrated FOX sitcom with Bradley Cooper).

Thus, I was pretty excited by the idea of "Get Jiro!" Combining my love of food entertainment with my love of the graphic novel form (is this really a large market?), "Get Jiro!" just sounded like fun! And, to a certain degree, it is. The story revolves around a future version of Los Angeles where fine dining and culinary superiority rule the day. The city is ravaged by opposing chefs, and this violent division creates a daily body count in the war of food movements. The two despots that run the dueling factions are exaggerated and satiric versions of contemporary food personalities that you might recognize (if not by actual person, by philosophy). Amidst the bloodshed (and enhancing it ten-fold), an independent sushi chef named Jiro comes to the attention of both warlords. But by trying to manipulate Jiro to their own end, each may find their own undoing at hand.

Again, I love the idea of "Get Jiro!" The finished artwork that I've seen (credited to Langdon Foss) is incredibly detailed and impressive. I read quite a few graphic novels, and I would hold the completed images that were provided in my advance copy easily on the top tier. There is no doubt in my mind that the book will be visually stunning. Just studying the images, there are plenty of small in-jokes to amuse and entertain and the coloring and shading is top notch. My primary reservations, however, come from the actual story. Once I fully embraced the premise, I didn't feel like the narrative took me anyplace that I wasn't expecting from having read the synopsis. Once established, the story is rather straightforward (if gore soaked) and I wanted a bit more cleverness, a few more surprises, more moments to make me laugh. The idea is loaded with satiric possibilities, but the text plays it too straight through the violent onslaught of images.

As a curiosity, I'd still recommend this to Bourdain fans or those interested in the culinary scene. If Jiro returns for another adventure, however, I'd like the humor to be heightened. It's a lunatic world that has been created, embrace it! About 3 1/2 stars. I liked my trip to the future, but I wanted to love it! KGHarris, 5/13.
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Not thrilled 12 Mar 2014
By D. Marashall - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a comic-format person, so Jiro had one strike against it immediately. I did pick up some sushi related tips which were interesting. I gave the "book" to a friend with the instructions to "pass it on."
Weak sauce 23 Jun 2014
By Ifty Zaidi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not really acquainted with Anthony Bourdain and his shtick so my main motivation for picking this up was because I enjoy graphic novels (and vertigo titles in particular). As it turns out this did not turn out to be good value for money. Sure it looks pretty - Langdon Foss' artwork is solid throughout and the environments are wonderfully detailed. However presentation can't save what is otherwise a bland, under-cooked dish. There is virtually no plot. There is no characterization. There is no world-building. There is only a lightweight concept which plays out in a rather dull and flavorless manner. Given the satirical set-up, the narrative is curiously humorless. The violence, after the first beheading, seems to lack any urgency or dynamism and just comes across as listless and pointless. Maybe fans of Bourdain will appreciate this more than I did but for the general reader I would suggest that you try before you buy.
Loved it! 14 May 2014
By Wayne West - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a comic reader for 3+ decades now, though I fortunately fallen off the wagon a few years ago. I read about Get Jiro! on the fantastic web comic, Unshelved, and realized I needed it. So I got it. The story was excellent, the art supported it nicely. Lots of fun, but as most comics like this are, you feel kinda like you spent too much money for a comic.

One thing that I thought was awesome cool was that a few days after that President Obama ate at the actual Jiro's in Tokyo during a state visit.
It Was A Hit! 27 Jun 2013
By Charlie - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my husband and he loved it. The only problem... he said the story was too short.
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