Hungry Ghosts #1

Writer: Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose Artist: Alberto Ponticelli, Vanesa Del Ray Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles-where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings-and prays to survive the challenge. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food. First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly. Hungry Gh more

  • 9.6
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Jan 3, 2018

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue of Hungry Ghosts, finding it to be an enjoyable introduction. I love the concept, finding it to be a clever take on 100 candles and I'm looking forward to discovering what delectable treats they have in store for us next. If you're a fan of something a little different but no less compelling, then do yourself a favour and grab a copy ASAP! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Mara Danoff Jan 16, 2018

    The comic does exactly what it promises: tells ghost stories with a focus on the food that gets the people in the horrific situations. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 3, 2018

    Karen Berger is widely and correctly soby the way, recognised asan industry great. Her work on Vertigo speaks for itself and herabsence is surely felt at DC, mainly as DC try to "superhero" some of their Vertigostalwarts.Berger Books has given her anopportunity tohelpher thumb her nose to her past employers. As a first issue, this bookfeels rather safe, which is a taddisappointing, yet it does allow for growth infuture issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Jan 4, 2018

    Hungry Ghosts #1 is a flawed first issue. Does that kill the series? No. At least, not yet. And, perhaps Bourdain and Rose will find better footing with subsequent issues. As it stands, it's difficult to recommend Hungry Ghosts, but the premise is still ripe with potential, so I'll at least give it another issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jan 10, 2018

    Instead of enticing me to read the next issue, Hungry Ghosts #1 makes me pine for Alex de Campi's Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight. The pirate story in particular sounds like it's right in her wheelhouse, and she would have done a better job with it. Still, first issues are difficult to pull off, and I hold out hope that this series will improve. I just hope that the other titles under the "Berger Books" imprint will fair better. Dr. J gives this a". Read Full Review

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