Diving Into The Underground Cooking Scene With Flavor #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Xoo goes to cancel her registration for the festival competition and hopefully get the entry fee back, and she discovers that Niv, the bully who harassed her some time back, has gone missing. She also meets Mika, a unlicensed chef entering the competition. Mika takes Xoo to a nearby dive bar and introduces our hero to a number of other unlicensed chefs entering the festival competition. Mika also shows Xoo just how little the public cares about the unlicensed and non-celebrity chefs who compete.

Flavor #6 cover by Wook Jin Clark and Tamra Bonvillain
Flavor #6 cover by Wook Jin Clark and Tamra Bonvillain

Flavor continues to prove itself an Image Comics gem which I didn’t expect to like. I’m no fan of cooking competition shows, but the characters, pacing, and premises of Flavor won me over within the first few pages of #1.

Also, the fact that it can almost be described as Attack on Titan, but the monsters are cooking and the food-obsessed law enforcement is fairly fantastic.

Flavor #6 is another highly enjoyable issue from the series, this time finding Xoo thrown into the deep end of the cooking scene of the Bowl and how harsh and uncaring it can be. Mika is boisterous and a little too aggressive, but she has insight into the cutthroat nature of the festival competition affair.

Also, Buster is still amazing and probably my favorite part of the book. He is a dog that can read and ride a bike, and he knows how money, language, and other complex human concepts work. He’s fantastic.

Flavor #6 art by Wook Jin Clark, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ariana Maher
Flavor #6 art by Wook Jin Clark and Tamra Bonvillain and lettering by Ariana Maher

Wook Jin Clark’s artwork is another large part of the charm and finesse that makes Flavor so good. The art style is cartoonish, expressive, and kinetic. It keeps the tone light while keeping the movement going from panel to panel. Tamra Bonvillain’s color work is bright, appealing, and well-balanced to boot.

Flavor #6 is another very enjoyable installment of the food-themed Image series. Xoo and Buster must brave the waters of the less-regulated Bowl cooking scene while hoping that Xoo can win and get something out of the festival cooking competition. This one earns a recommendation, and you should feel free to check it out.

Flavor #6 comes to us from writer Joseph Keatinge, artist Wook Jin Clark, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer Ariana Maher, cover artist Wook Jin Clark with Tamra Bonvillain, and culinary consultant Ali Bouzari.

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