If social media is to be believed, it seems that many people are spending their social distancing and sheltering in place time in the kitchen. I’ve seen a lot of people making bread out there. A lot of people. Now Dark Horse is inviting readers of all ages to combine their love of the kitchen with their love of comics in Savor, a new all-ages adventure graphic novel. Savor is co-created by writer Neil Kleid and artist John Broglia, with colors by Frank Reynoso. The book tells the story of a warrior chef who must face off against five deadly restaurants in order to save her family and reclaim her home.

Here’s how Dark Horse describes Savor:

Warrior chef Savor Batonnet has returned home after years away. Upon her return, she discovers that a band of demonic pirate cooks has captured her island home and family. Will she be able to face five deadly restaurants, assemble the ultimate knife, save her parents, and earn the title of ‘hero’?

In a statement accompanying the announcement, both Kleid and Broglia describe wanting to create this graphic novel for their own children, and their desire to create a female role model their daughters can look up to. Kleid describes Savor as “a tale about finding your way, becoming who you’re meant to be, fighting for those important to you, and honoring the stories that have come before.”

Savor won’t be the first food-themed graphic novel Dark Horse has put out. The publisher has previously released, among other culinary comics, a collection of Anthony Bourdain‘s Hungry Ghosts series from the Berger Books imprint. Two other forthcoming releases from Dark Horse’s international line of graphic novels, Cuisine Chinoise and Papaya Salad, also revolve around food.

Check out a preview of Savor, along with the full announcement from Dark Horse, below. The 144-page softcover graphic novel is due out in January 2021.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (May 1, 2020)— Action! Adventure! Food! Writer/co-creator Neil Kleid (BrownsvilleKings and CanvasPowers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim), artist/co-creator John Broglia (God ComplexZombie-Sama), and colorist Frank Reynoso (Kings and CanvasThe Sweetness) combine the worlds of cooking and bravery in the heartfelt new all-ages graphic novel Savor arriving January 2021!

Warrior chef Savor Batonnet has returned home after years away. Upon her return, she discovers that a band of demonic pirate cooks has captured her island home and family. Will she be able to face five deadly restaurants, assemble the ultimate knife, save her parents, and earn the title of ‘hero’?

“Savor is the type of book I’ve long wanted to write for my kids. As I get older my focus remains on stories about legacy, but viewed less from the POV of a son…and more through the eyes of a father. This one’s for my daughter, offering her a tale about finding your way, becoming who you’re meant to be, fighting for those important to you, and honoring the stories that have come before. It’s inspired by a lot of things—my love of food and cooking competitions, Disney films (Moana, in this case), and video games like Legend of Zelda. Here’s hoping that warriors of all ages will enjoy this bite-sized adventure!”—Neil Kleid

“As a father of two young girls, I have been longing to work on a project that revolves around a strong, positive, young woman and role model. Thanks to Neil Kleid’s amazing tale I was finally able to help bring to life something I can share with my daughters, giving them a hero to look up to. This adventure is a fun ride, paired with beautiful, heartfelt moments that double as food for the soul. It’s a recipe like no other, packed with all the best ingredients.” – John Broglia

The 144-page Savor TPB arrives January 6, 2021 for $14.99. Pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.

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