Brave Chef Brianna #1-4

From fantasy author Sam Sykes (Aeons’ Gate) comes a story about budding chef Brianna Jakobsson, who’s trying to impress her father but whose best—and only—customers are monsters. Brianna has big dreams of starting her own restaurant. When her ailing father, a celebrity restaurant magnate, poses a challenge to his only daughter and 15 sons, she sets out to create the best restaurant around! Thing is, the only city she can afford to set up shop in is Monster City.

That big step of leaving home, venturing out and making your own way, is a scary part of life. Think about how much more frightening that would be moving to a city of monsters. For Brianna Jakobsson and her dream of starting a restaurant, that’s the setting her new chapter in life starts in.

With her father informing Brianna and her 15 brothers that he is ill, a challenge is given to them all to start the most successful restaurant. Even having plenty of money, Monster City ends up being the only place she can afford to open one. Employing a hybrid bird monster girl named Suzan, the doors are open for business, although there’s very little of it. The biggest problem is that city bylaws forbid the use of flour, sugar and cooked meat, which puts a damper on things like her burgers that became so popular. Despite this, she hides the fact that those ingredients are used and continues to grow busier until she can barely keep up.

When acclaimed monster chef and human hater Madame Cron stops in and discovers this secret, she brings it to City hall. Somehow, the health inspectors don’t find the contraband ingredients. Unfortunately, when one of Brianna’s brothers comes through in his food truck, the truth is revealed during their food challenge. The doors are nearly closed once again, but their friend Kevin finds a loophole bylaw allowing Brianna to challenge her accuser. Only allowed to use monster ingredients, she goes up against Cron and actually wins, getting her restaurant back and finding out where she was really meant to be.

The artwork for this mini series was just as fun as the creative story that it was drawn to tell. Given the environment it was in, the monster designs definitely added a great flair to the rest of the characters. The lineart was strong, bold, and simple but not dumbed down at all, complimented by colors that the same could be said for.

This title was a very pleasant surprise and I kept on liking it more and more from issue to issue. While it easily could have been stretched out across more books, this serving did just what it needed to. No matter what else you have on your order list, make sure you leave room for this book as it’s certainly worth it.

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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