Friday 7 February 2020

ReadItDaddy's Comic / Graphic Novel of the Week - Week Ending 7th February 2020: "Gorebrah: The Mightiest Chef in the Universe" by James Stayte (David Fickling Books)

Once again it looks like those fantastic "The Phoenix Presents" roll-up compilations from the glorious comic are going to dominate our "Comic / Graphic Novel of the Week" slot in 2020.

It's the turn of the mightiest chef in the universe this week as James Stayte's utterly fantastic creation Gorebrah smashes through our kitchen wall, rustles through our ingredients cupboard and cooks up a hilarious rib-tickling soup├žon of scintillating sizzling comic strip action.

"Gorebrah: The Mightiest Chef in the Universe" lightly pan-fries the initial run of strips from The Phoenix Comic, deftly served up with additional content for would-be trainee Barbarian chefs in a cookbook sublime though we think it's worth pointing out that eating Zombie Lasagne might have adverse side effects and a sudden craving for brains.

James' strips are always blimmin' funny, brilliantly drawn and he has a knack for working in hilarious references that grown ups might titter at, while they sail right over their kids' heads (a certain rootytooty saxophone scene still sticks in the mind as one of the funniest refs I think I've ever seen and couldn't resist calling James out about on Twitter).

It's also one of C's favourite strips in the comic, but sadly doesn't seem to have inspired her to help me out with cooking the dinner on a busy evening!

So here it is then, another fabulous gateway into the world of The Phoenix Comic if you've yet to discover the awesomeness yourself, and a truly fantastic wrap-up of Gorebrah's mightiest early moments. Also a good excuse to dive into the weeklies as well at the moment as Gorebrah's back in those too!

Sum this book up in a sentence: Like a manic cross between Conan and Gordon Ramsay (but thankfully with a lot less swearing and nastiness), Gorebrah reigns supreme and this collection is absolutely brilliant and hilarious.

"Gorebrah! The Mightiest Chef in the Universe" by James Stayte is out now, published by David Fickling Books (kindly supplied for review).