GRAPHIC NOVELS

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

Bourdain, Anthony with Joel Rose (text) &{amp}nbsp;{amp}nbsp;& others (illus.). Berger: Dark Horse. Oct. 2018. 128p. ISBN 9781506706696. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781506706900. F
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OrangeReviewStarWhile better known as a memoirist (Kitchen Confidential) and TV host (Parts Unknown), Bourdain also scripted several graphic novels before his tragic death earlier this year. Here, with coauthor Rose (both, Get Jiro!) and a cadre of talented illustrators, he presents nine short tales of demonic possession and vengeful ghosts culled from folktales around the world. A restaurant worker rushing home is punished after refusing a beggar's plea for charity, a crew of pirates planning to violate a beautiful castaway meet grisly ends, an insatiable craving for horseflesh leads to a rich man's downfall. Bourdain fans hoping for a final taste of his passion for exotic locales and an inside view of the culinary world will find much to embrace, but what stands out most are the creators' disgust with anyone who might abuse a position of power or privilege to feed their own appetites.
VERDICT Sometimes spooky, sometimes gritty, thoroughly satisfying.

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