The prequel to Anthony Bourdain's graphic novel Get Jiro! will be published this fall. According to a press release, the novel is called Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi and as its title indicates, there is a lot of violence and a lot of raw fish. Bourdain first revealed that he was working on the prequel last May.
"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?"
Get Jiro! follows a sushi chef named Jiro and takes place in a "not-to-distant future L.A." where master chefs rule the city in a manner similar to crime lords. The prequel, however, is set in Tokyo. Published by DC Entertainment imprint Vertigo, the novel tells 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 reveals in the release that he wanted to answer the question: "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?"
Co-author Joel Rose notes that he and Bourdain found inspiration for Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi in "classic yakuza movies" and that's why they tapped artist Alé Garza to do the 160-page manga-style book. Dave Johnson is the artist responsible for the over-the-top, gory cover featuring decapitated heads amongst raw fish in a glass sushi case. Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi hits shelves October 20. Check out the cover below: