Vulture reports that Anthony Bourdain is returning to the world of graphic novels (did you know he ever belonged to that world in the first place?) with a prequel to his dystopian-cooking saga, Get Jiro. Titled Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi, the cover of this novel features Jiro (hero of the previous saga) grimly guarding his sushi counter, wielding a bloody knife, the heads of his (presumed) enemies lined up in a counter below him, ready to be served.
Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose are writing the prequel, with Alé Garza illustrating. The graphic novel is set in Tokyo before the L.A.-centric events of the original; Blood and Sushi will, as an official summary details, 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.”
Bourdain spoke in statement of the decision to publish a prequel to his original epic of L.A. cooking-gang battles:
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.
Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi will be released on October 20th.