Over a year after our first glimpse at the Anthony Bourdain/Joel Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, The Blackest Bird) comic collaboration, Get Jiro!, the release date is finally set. Amazon is now accepting preorders for the July 3 release of the book once described by one of its authors as “a gourmet slaughter-fest.” (Can you guess which one?)

Luckily, they've expanded on that description:

In a not-too-distant future L.A. where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurants, a bloody culinary war is raging.

On one side, the Internationalists, who blend foods from all over the world into exotic delights. On the other, the “Vertical Farm,” who prepare nothing but organic, vegetarian, macrobiotic dishes. Into this maelstrom steps Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate patrons who dare request a California Roll, or who stir wasabi into their soy sauce. Both sides want Jiro to join their factions. Jiro, however has bigger ideas, and in the end, no chef may be left alive!

The book features 160 pages of illustration by Langdon Foss (Heavy Metal) with colors by José Villarrubia (X-Factor, Cuba: My Revolution), who took over the project when colorist Dave Stewart (Hellboy, B.P.R.D) had to drop out. Before he left, however, Stewart colored a few inside pages as well as the cover of the book, pictured above.

Recently, Foss has posted a few sneak peeks of Get Jiro!'s inside pages. Here are a couple of our favorites.

Future L.A.; Credit: Langdon Foss

Future L.A.; Credit: Langdon Foss

"Blood sausage and apple"; Credit: Langdon Foss

“Blood sausage and apple”; Credit: Langdon Foss

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