Starve Vol. 1

Starve: Volume 1 - Danijel Žeželj, Dave Stewart, Brian Wood

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Chef Gavin was once a world famous chef with a show called Starve, he drops out of the show, exiling himself to Asia after getting a divorce and becomes more interested in drinking and drugging his way through the rest of his life.

His once small show has now evolved into an arena style blood sport that pits chef against chef. He is now called back by the network to work out his remaining contract. Old wounds are re-opened, rivalries are back in play as he goes back to try and win the show. His bitter ex-wife, a rival chef and his estranged daughter are all caught up in the ongoing mess as he tries to put his past to rights.

This has an interesting premise, it's set in the near future and appears to be set in a time where there has been global economic devastation resulting in the poor becoming poorer and the wealthy becoming even richer. Starve serves merely to entertain the rich, they want to see chefs producing decadent dishes that only they can afford, using ingredients that are scarce, taboo or expensive.

The plot was more than enough to keep me interested although I found the end of the volume to be somewhat abrupt with not enough tied up at the end of it. I also wasn't really a huge fan of the main character, I'm not sure why I just didn't find him that engaging or sympathetic. I'll definitely be looking out for volume 2 though, especially as the art was pretty amazing, very dark with heavy outlining and bold block colours used in the panels.