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Flavor, Vol. 1

(Flavor #1-6)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Image Comics' most delicious Young Adult Culinary Fantasy is served up in a collected edition!
Within a strange walled city, an unlicensed chef discovers a mystery that threatens to end it all. Join JOSEPH KEATINGE (GLORY, SHUTTER) and WOOK JIN CLARK (Adventure Time: The Flip Side) on this culinary epic adventure--FLAVOR--where chefs are the ultimate celebrity and food is
Paperback, 136 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Image Comics
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Bizarre and rather familiar, having read other culinary graphic novel series (from manga to the more recent Space Battle Lunchtime). Nothing really stood out to me, character wise or drawing style, which often wasn’t very flattering to the former. The cutsey ice-cream bar didn’t seem to fit in with the battle driven city and ominous foreshadowing of the outside world.

Don’t think I’ll continue.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm really into culinary graphic novels now, I guess. This was lovely - a richly drawn fantasy setting full of intrigue, some great characters (with one of the best dog companions ever), and some great art. This feels a lot like the Ba Sing Se arc of The Last Airbender but with food instead of elemental magic, and that's...pretty awesome. Interested to see where the story goes.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Check out my review over at Word of the Nerd
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know I say this a lot, but Flavor is unlike any of the other graphic novel's that I've read lately. Not only is the art style quirky and cute, but the story is as well, though it does harbour something dark just out of reach. From the first page, I couldn't wait to see what I was getting myself into.

Check out my full review here!

Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I liked it fine. Good colors, hints of interesting world building and something ominous. Didn't enthrall me, but entertaining enough.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss
*2.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love this but couldn't. I found it confusing and strange but not in a good way? I honestly wouldn't be able to summarize it right now. It felt kind of messy in every way and I was mostly lost.
It had some good sides though but I didn't find the world was properly explained.
The characters were pretty likable but they didn't make me feel.
i found myself mostly untouched by this story... I jus
Arden Belrose
A deliciously illustrated story of social strata, prejudices and taking risks. It is also about food, family and giving people a chance. Brownie points: It's a dystopian setting; what could be behind those walls?

The illustration style is one of my favorites(and half the reason for picking this book), it's reminiscent of TinTin but with smoother edges and slightly more pastel colours. Font was Comic Sans MS(not unique but I'm not complaining as it's easy on the eye). I LOVED the little details th
Nov 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
A book I actually started re-reading, but only to see if I'd missed something I hadn't. But no. In a world of underground cooking contests, a boy who is in the academy to be a top chef becomes a girl who isn't, but is running an unlicensed creperie instead. Meanwhile there's a dog that borrows from Milou and Gromit both, so he can bark at our hero(ine) and be understood while at it, and read – and prep food, and I don't just mean cracking cheese. I can see why this is being compared with Ghibli, ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Flavor combines a food comic with a hunger games like dystopian world where there is something lurking outside the community's grounds, and only a select few will ever know of said things existence.
A young girl cooks in her family's restaurant, while she is not trained, or licensed, she has to do it in order to pay their way--her parents are injured and she is the only one in the family who can work. Until her uncle comes into town and signs her up for the cooking competition.
The stakes are high
This book was an enjoyable fantasy about a city with cutthroat culinary traditions, but a lot of the fun is dampened by the fact that hardly anything of it is explained. Xoo is a trained but not certified chef, and Anant is a novice chef who is also the son of the city's Lord - both live in this city where being a chef is a BIG DEAL. There's also a mystery regarding chefs who are disappearing and the authorities being involved in it. Their stories don't really intersect except for one common cha ...more
This is an intriguing setup to a series where being a chef is a valued profession and there is something sinister behind a cooking contest.

It was around 3.5 stars for me because while the mystery is interesting and I like the focus on food, there's a few things I wanted to be further explained to make sense of the world. Why is ice cream equivalent to alcohol? Why is Xoo considered unable to take care of herself when her parents are actually around? Why do these unlicensed chefs spend so much mo
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting worldbuilding. A vaguely fantastical city where cooking without a license is illegal hosts a massive cooking competition, and two young people -- a girl struggling to run her parents' restaurant after they both suffered an unspecified accident and a boy who attends an exclusive cooking school but fears he is only permitted to remain due to his parents' influence -- are caught up in the surrounding chaos. The two storylines don't intersect in the first volume, which leaves it feeling ...more
Paul Decker
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

The world in this book is so different than any I've seen before. It's a fantasy setting where the culinary arts are the center of everything. Chefs must be registered. There's a fancy academy for cooks-in-training. The worldbuilding is so cool.

I'd say this book is Masterchef meets a fantasy dystopia. There's even a crepe recipe at the end! I give this book a 4/5. It's so unique. I'm excited to see
3 1/2 stars

I love the art more than the story to be honest, though the story has grabbed me--an illegal chef (why is she illegal?) and her sidekick dog who seems to be more than just a dog, down on their luck, with an uncle, newly into town, determined to help, though whose "help" seems bound to cause trouble, and who seems to be trouble himself. Oh, yes! I will read this. Also, WHAT is going on with the forest outside of the town walls? And with the legal chefs/soldiers? that is some freaky stu
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightfully hectic hero’s journey with coming-of-age struggles, elite cooking schools, underground competitive cooking, a city-wide tournament, an ominous mountain spirit with an appetite, and a very well read dog named Buster. The most charming part of reading Flavor was protagonist Xoo’s autonomy and focus in the kitchen. All of the din falls away, and she is creating. Woo Xin Clark nails that expression in the middle of a visually fantastic and loud world.

Jessica Miller
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A young crêpe chef (!!!) enters a major competition despite not coming from a privileged background. I hadn't read a culinary-themed comic before but I trust Joe because Glory and Shutter are two of my faavorite reads. This volume focuses on world building and setting things up for what is to come. I really hope we get more from this comic. As a bonus there are entries in the back of each issue from a food scientist to teach you about food, ingredients, and Crêpes Suzette.
Gabriell Anderson
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, own-ed, paperback
Asi jsem v poslední době četl až moc prvních dílů anebo jsem přejedený komiksů o jídle. Tak jako tak mi tenhle zvláštní svět, kde je vaření a jídlo na prvním místě a kde se za zdí města schovávají temná tajemství, až tak neučaroval. Kresba příjemná a v některých scénách fakt super, jenom aby o scénu později někam ujela perspektiva a něčí tělo vypadá lehce zmutovaně. Druhý díl za pokus pořád stojí, ale to jenom proto, že jsem sucker na příběhy s tajemstvím.

Mohlo by se vám líbit, pokud:
- je vaření
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! It was a fun concept and I can't wait to see how everything ties together!!
Kerstin Wolf
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC!

A wacky food fantasy, this graphic novel is just what I needed! I loved it! I can't wait until the next volume comes out!
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to a new world of culinary delight, class divide, and a dash of intrigue. I love the art style as well. Looking forward to Vol 2!
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this. I love dogs and I've got a thing for illustrated food (I really love it!), this just didn't have enough of it for me.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
cute art. i like the story enough to follow it, but i wouldn't call it a stellar read by any means lol. just fun.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Eh, not my favorite food comic. It takes too long for anything to get going, and I don't like the characters.
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