Ram V and Filipe Andrade wowed audiences with their critically-acclaimed work on the series The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, and now the creative team is turning their sights on demons and dining in their upcoming BOOM! Studios book Rare Flavours. The comic focuses on Rubin Baksh, who has desires to be the next Anthony Bourdain and whose background is just as rooted in the supernatural as it is in souffles. Rubin just happens to be a demon known as a Rakshasa, but he has ambitions that stretch beyond Hindu mythology. The demon with big dreams teams up with Mo, a filmmaker who could use a big break, to explore India’s array of culinary delights, although Mo has no clue how his life is about to change.

Rare Flavours‘ executive editor Eric Harburn had this to say about the pair working together again in a press release today announcing the book:

Ram and Filipe are a powerhouse of a creative team. Following their modern classic The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, return to India for a tale of the fleeting joys of life in the duo’s next masterpiece, Rare Flavours.

Cuisine, demonology, AND Ram V and Filipe Andrade? Sold! Rare Flavours is set to debut on September 20th from BOOM! Studios. Check out the full press release below, along with cover art BOOM! released!

The full press release:

Entice your palate with the follow-up offering from the Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo Award-nominated team behind the lauded, critically acclaimed series The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, of Ram V (Grafity’s Wall, These Savage Shores) and Filipe Andrade (Star, Captain America) in this painstakingly prepared series for fans of food, art, and the celebration of life in RARE FLAVOURS!

Meet Rubin Baksh, a demonic Rakshasa with a down-to-earth dream of becoming the next Anthony Bourdain. To make his dream come true, Rubin enlists Mo, a down-on-his-luck filmmaker, to document the world-renowned cuisine of India and the people behind the glorious, flavourful food.

But little does Mo know that there’s more to Rubin than meets the eye, and the mortals play a darker role in the show than they were prepared for…

Ram V is an award-winning author and creator of comics and graphic novels such as The Many Deaths of Laila Starr and the Eisner-winning Blue in Green.

Since publishing his first book in 2016, Ram’s work has gone on to garner critical and popular success with many of his books being nominated for the prestigious Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo awards. Apart from creating original work, since 2018 Ram has also written for iconic characters & titles at DC Comics and Marvel including memorable runs on Swamp Thing, Detective Comics, and Venom.

Ram lives in London–dog person, doodles, melancholic.

Filipe has been a multi-disciplinary artist working professionally in visual arts since 2008.He has collaborated with Marvel since 2009 on titles such as Captain Marvel, John Carter, Fantastic Four, Jessica Jones, and Immortal Hulk among others. He also collaborated with other companies such as MTV Networks, Riot Games, BOOM! Studios, and Passion Studios.

He has three creator-owned short comics, Walled City, Junction, and Solitude, published by the Lisbon-based collective, TLS. Aside from his work, he has also collaborated with the Lisbon theater company – AUÉÉEÚ Teatro since 2014.

He was a multi-nominee Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo Awards, for The Many Deaths of Laila Starr comic, with Ram V.

RARE FLAVOURS #1 features a main cover by series artist Filipe Andrade, with variants by Fabío Moon (Daytripper), Anand RK (Blue in Green), and David Mack (Kabuki).

“Ram and Filipe are a powerhouse of a creative team,” said Eric Harburn, Executive Editor. “Following their modern classic The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, return to India for a tale of the fleeting joys of life in the duo’s next masterpiece, Rare Flavours.”

RARE FLAVOURS #1 is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; Wynd by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Briar by Christopher Cantwell and Germán García; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; The Approach by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, and Jesus Hervas; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; BeholdBehemoth by Tate Brombal and Nick Robles; Specs by David M. Booher and Chris Shehan; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; Know Your Station by Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Mosely by Rob Guillory and Sam Lotfi; Harrower by Justin Jordan and Brahm Revel; The Neighbors by Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici; and The Seasons Have Teeth by Dan Watters and Sebastián Cabrol. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Harkonnen from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Michael Shelfer; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; Magic from Jed McKay, Rich Douek, and Ig Guara; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle and Rubine.

RARE FLAVOURS will be available in comic shops September 20, 2023. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.  


And the gorgeous cover art:

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