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It's almost time for the season finale of Space Battle Lunchtime, and finalist Peony (the only Earth contestant) is nowhere to be found! That's because she's been kidnapped and taken to the set of Space Battle Lunchtime's biggest rival, Cannibal Coliseum, where chefs compete to cook... each other. Up against some of the most dangerous aliens in the galaxy, will Peony even It's almost time for the season finale of Space Battle Lunchtime, and finalist Peony (the only Earth contestant) is nowhere to be found! That's because she's been kidnapped and taken to the set of Space Battle Lunchtime's biggest rival, Cannibal Coliseum, where chefs compete to cook... each other. Up against some of the most dangerous aliens in the galaxy, will Peony even make it to the end of the show? Stay tuned!


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It's almost time for the season finale of Space Battle Lunchtime, and finalist Peony (the only Earth contestant) is nowhere to be found! That's because she's been kidnapped and taken to the set of Space Battle Lunchtime's biggest rival, Cannibal Coliseum, where chefs compete to cook... each other. Up against some of the most dangerous aliens in the galaxy, will Peony even It's almost time for the season finale of Space Battle Lunchtime, and finalist Peony (the only Earth contestant) is nowhere to be found! That's because she's been kidnapped and taken to the set of Space Battle Lunchtime's biggest rival, Cannibal Coliseum, where chefs compete to cook... each other. Up against some of the most dangerous aliens in the galaxy, will Peony even make it to the end of the show? Stay tuned!

30 review for Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 2: A Recipe for Disaster

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was *chef's kiss* (pun definitely intended) This was *chef's kiss* (pun definitely intended)

  2. 5 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    This final volume compiles issues five to eight, and continues the story when Peony went missing in the 4th issue of this comic series. I like the ending to this fun and peculiar experience of Peony as contestant in a very prestigious competition in the universe. It is a light-read and the colorful artworks are very eye-catching, so just like me, I reckon everyone will be delighted when they read this one. This final volume compiles issues five to eight, and continues the story when Peony went missing in the 4th issue of this comic series. I like the ending to this fun and peculiar experience of Peony as contestant in a very prestigious competition in the universe. It is a light-read and the colorful artworks are very eye-catching, so just like me, I reckon everyone will be delighted when they read this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: wlw interspecies relationship MY LESBIAN HEART IS AT PEACE what makes it even better, is that this is actually a middle grade graphic novel & god do we need more of them like this one !!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    This was a huge step up from Vol #1 (which never happens!). The story hooked me from the first page and didn't let go. This was a huge step up from Vol #1 (which never happens!). The story hooked me from the first page and didn't let go.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The perfect ending to this cute comic duology, that's all about cooking and aliens! I'm so happy for Peony and I really appreciated how the plot was resolved. I just love it when characters come together to help each other out, that's true friendship right there! I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for other comics by this author! The perfect ending to this cute comic duology, that's all about cooking and aliens! I'm so happy for Peony and I really appreciated how the plot was resolved. I just love it when characters come together to help each other out, that's true friendship right there! I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for other comics by this author!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Some of the potential from the first volume is squandered here with too many dumb action sequences and some gratuitous gore, but the main characters are still appealing, and the super-cute yet bloodthirsty new villain, Lil' Magicorn, is just plain fun. Unfortunately, a montage scene takes the place of an actual ending. Some of the potential from the first volume is squandered here with too many dumb action sequences and some gratuitous gore, but the main characters are still appealing, and the super-cute yet bloodthirsty new villain, Lil' Magicorn, is just plain fun. Unfortunately, a montage scene takes the place of an actual ending.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    When cooking turns into cannibalism, some rescuing is in order. I really liked that we end on how to handle winning and losing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    Somehow it got even better! Did I mention this is a queer all ages comic? About a competitive cooking show? In space? And this volume is even gayer and I love it deeply. I wish there was more, but also it's perfect, so. Somehow it got even better! Did I mention this is a queer all ages comic? About a competitive cooking show? In space? And this volume is even gayer and I love it deeply. I wish there was more, but also it's perfect, so.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    So adorable, but not as strong a volume as the first. Space Battle Lunchtime features Peony, a dessert chef who gets dragged into space to compete in a cooking contest. At the end of the first volume, Peony is kidnapped, and now she's thrust into a new cooking competition... one that requires you to cook the other contestants! I see that other reviewers are quite concerned about the level of violence. You do see one character slice another in half, and that is possibly a bit much for a book aime So adorable, but not as strong a volume as the first. Space Battle Lunchtime features Peony, a dessert chef who gets dragged into space to compete in a cooking contest. At the end of the first volume, Peony is kidnapped, and now she's thrust into a new cooking competition... one that requires you to cook the other contestants! I see that other reviewers are quite concerned about the level of violence. You do see one character slice another in half, and that is possibly a bit much for a book aimed at younger readers. My biggest beef is that the comic felt rushed. The scenes didn't feel that fleshed out, and then it all suddenly ended. Perhaps there will be more issues in the future that help flesh things out, but it felt like the author had to end things quickly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    it's so nice of space battle lunchtime to fill the void of cannibal puns that nbc left me with after cancelling hannibal ;) anyway this was a really cute volume and definitely a great continuation on the first one. the whole thing was just a really fun cute short story and i liked the ending, even though it wasn't what you would necessarily expect to happen. definitely recommend this to people who like lumberjanes. it's so nice of space battle lunchtime to fill the void of cannibal puns that nbc left me with after cancelling hannibal ;) anyway this was a really cute volume and definitely a great continuation on the first one. the whole thing was just a really fun cute short story and i liked the ending, even though it wasn't what you would necessarily expect to happen. definitely recommend this to people who like lumberjanes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Re-read 2021: Of course I had to re-read the second volume as well. Also, enormous hyped now because I just found out there is a volume 3!!!! I will be ordering that one in March (as I already ordered my books for this month). This was a delight to read, I love the character designs, what Neptunia did, there was so much action, and food, and yummy things, and more. I LOVE LOVE it. The sketches and the epilogue was great.. though I still want more, thankfully there is now a third volume so I will Re-read 2021: Of course I had to re-read the second volume as well. Also, enormous hyped now because I just found out there is a volume 3!!!! I will be ordering that one in March (as I already ordered my books for this month). This was a delight to read, I love the character designs, what Neptunia did, there was so much action, and food, and yummy things, and more. I LOVE LOVE it. The sketches and the epilogue was great.. though I still want more, thankfully there is now a third volume so I will get what I want. Haha. ------------------------------------ Cooking, cannibalism, something that made me squee, a final battle, and much more! I was very sad to learn that this was the last volume in the series. :( I thought this was still ongoing, and then I saw The End at the last page. While I can see why, I still wish for more SBLt. For instance more cute dates between Neptunia and Peony, maybe another cooking show, or them just starting a cafe/restaurant of their own, I got a ton of ideas that I would love to see. In this one Peony finds out just where she is and what is going to happen. It was quite interesting (and also creepy) that this battle still has cooking, but also allows cannibalism (aka kill everyone until you are the last one standing). That is one way to get rid of terrible cooks. Though I do feel sorry for everyone stuck there involuntarily (like Peony). I also liked that not only do we see Peony and her predicament, but we also see Neptunia trying to figure out where Peony went and what she can do to help her girl. Neptunia is my second favourite girl, and I have been shipping her with Peony since the previous volume. Which also made me very happy for one scene in particular. I won't spoil anything, but I was squeeing like crazy. It was great that after all that cannibalism stuff and the battle with that annoying little deredere girl (my word, she fits perfectly with that cooking battle), we still see the final competition in the normal cooking contest. It was just a shame it was so predictable (plus I still don't believe he didn't do anything). The ending was quite nice, though again, I would have liked some more, maybe another epilogue? Of course the art is still the best, I just love the style and I can't wait to see what Natalie Riess will make next. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn

    I really loved this, wish there was more but it also fit the story the best to have it only be two volumes. But I'd read a comic of Peony and Neptunia being adorable! I really loved this, wish there was more but it also fit the story the best to have it only be two volumes. But I'd read a comic of Peony and Neptunia being adorable!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    This series takes a sharp turn into crazy. The story focuses on something called Cannibal Coliseum, a cooking show in space where the contestants hunt each other down. The winner is the final survivor, and the losers are cooked. The violence is quite graphic, so don’t be fooled by the cute art into thinking this is for young readers. Having said that, the violence really raises the stakes, so I was worried about the safety of the main character, so I guess I could say that this volume keeps read This series takes a sharp turn into crazy. The story focuses on something called Cannibal Coliseum, a cooking show in space where the contestants hunt each other down. The winner is the final survivor, and the losers are cooked. The violence is quite graphic, so don’t be fooled by the cute art into thinking this is for young readers. Having said that, the violence really raises the stakes, so I was worried about the safety of the main character, so I guess I could say that this volume keeps readers engaged.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Geppis Baltimore

    ~~~Spoiler Alert for Space Battle Lunchtime 1~~~ This is a great ending to Space Battle Lunchtime! We pick up right where we left off with Peony being forced to compete in Cannibal Coliseum, where it is very literally cook or be cooked. How will she get out alive? Who knew "Chopped" in space could be so much fun? The character designs are so great, and I adore the bright, almost too cute artwork. I love the message this series represents, that no challenge is too big and that friendship can be fou ~~~Spoiler Alert for Space Battle Lunchtime 1~~~ This is a great ending to Space Battle Lunchtime! We pick up right where we left off with Peony being forced to compete in Cannibal Coliseum, where it is very literally cook or be cooked. How will she get out alive? Who knew "Chopped" in space could be so much fun? The character designs are so great, and I adore the bright, almost too cute artwork. I love the message this series represents, that no challenge is too big and that friendship can be found in the most unexpected places. This is a great series for all ages! ~Elisa

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Baking! Outer space! Adorableness!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zan✨

    GAYS IN SPACE. DAMSEL IN DISTRESS BUT MAKE IT SAPPHIC. CUTE BONUS ART OF THE CHARACTERS AS CATS. Need I say more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christa Seeley

    Just as sweet as the first one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Delightfully silly conclusion full of underlying lessons. I appreciate how much Riess is able to put into these relatively short books, and I love all the additional back matter.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Newly Wardell

    Loved it. Just as beautiful as the last, so good. Funny and cute

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gargi

    I received a copy of this book in return for this review! I was so excited about this book since I read the previous one (Thank you, One Press). I loved the first one, but the second volume really upped it! Our dearest Earth contestant reached the final, but there were some hiccups with the crazy killing-aliens-and-then-cooking-them show! Abduction, rescue, and zero-gravity! Space Battle Lunchtime was a really engaging read, a bit shorter than the previous one, but I love dit nonetheless! I would I received a copy of this book in return for this review! I was so excited about this book since I read the previous one (Thank you, One Press). I loved the first one, but the second volume really upped it! Our dearest Earth contestant reached the final, but there were some hiccups with the crazy killing-aliens-and-then-cooking-them show! Abduction, rescue, and zero-gravity! Space Battle Lunchtime was a really engaging read, a bit shorter than the previous one, but I love dit nonetheless! I would recommend it to readers of any age, if you're looking for a bit of fun and an intergalactic cooking competition!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I enjoyed this as much as the first volume, but a star was docked b/c this volume really confused me as to who the intended audience is. The first volume struck me as fairly kid friendly, something that growing younger readers might get into with the bright colors and the silliness of cooking with alien foods and a little bit of cheating drama... but Cannibal Coliseum kicks the violence level waaay up. Maybe it's meant for older middle schoolers (in which case the light romance element also make I enjoyed this as much as the first volume, but a star was docked b/c this volume really confused me as to who the intended audience is. The first volume struck me as fairly kid friendly, something that growing younger readers might get into with the bright colors and the silliness of cooking with alien foods and a little bit of cheating drama... but Cannibal Coliseum kicks the violence level waaay up. Maybe it's meant for older middle schoolers (in which case the light romance element also makes a lot more sense), but I wouldn't be surprised if the initial presentation would strike them as "too young" and be a turn off...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elisa The-Bookie-Monster

    Ok this is a super fun series with adorable characters designs. I loved the first volume, it’s all about being an underdog in a crazy world you’re not familiar with. I loved the unique plot, it’s basically Chopped in space! In this volume we pick up right where we left off with Peony being forced to compete in Cannibal Coliseum (Cut Throat Kitchen, sadly minus Alton Brown) where she must very literally cook or be cooked. This is a fun concision to the series, even though I’m sad this is finished Ok this is a super fun series with adorable characters designs. I loved the first volume, it’s all about being an underdog in a crazy world you’re not familiar with. I loved the unique plot, it’s basically Chopped in space! In this volume we pick up right where we left off with Peony being forced to compete in Cannibal Coliseum (Cut Throat Kitchen, sadly minus Alton Brown) where she must very literally cook or be cooked. This is a fun concision to the series, even though I’m sad this is finished, I’d love side stories about Peony and Neptunia!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Graphic Novel I received an electronic copy from Lion Forge. The tale continues as Peony finds herself in a different cooking show with concerning consequences. Her friends work together and rescue her in time to cook for the finale. Readers experience the action and tensions as more calamities happen during the finale. The detailed illustrations are terrific and bring the story to life. Fun information and drawing hints included at the end of the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alenka

    Cooking battles! Motorcycle chases! Romance! Zero gravity kitchens! This book is so funny, cute and queer, and Natalie Riess is a genius character designer and colorist! I love this the most, pls do a spin-off about Neptunia!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This series is super cute and I hope we get others in the universe. Space Chopped with Romance!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Keeton

    Space Battle Lunchtime: A Recipe for Disaster picks up promptly where Vol. 1 left off - Peony has been kidnapped and sent to Cannibal Coliseum. Even though Melonhead forges a note of her resignation, Aris and Neptunia know something is wrong. Meanwhile, Peony meets Ariella Magicorn and the cast of the competing show, quickly realizing that the Space Caesar's arena is not primarily interested in culinary masterpieces. Through quick thinking, Neptunia is able to save the day and return Peony in ti Space Battle Lunchtime: A Recipe for Disaster picks up promptly where Vol. 1 left off - Peony has been kidnapped and sent to Cannibal Coliseum. Even though Melonhead forges a note of her resignation, Aris and Neptunia know something is wrong. Meanwhile, Peony meets Ariella Magicorn and the cast of the competing show, quickly realizing that the Space Caesar's arena is not primarily interested in culinary masterpieces. Through quick thinking, Neptunia is able to save the day and return Peony in time for the competition. Still, Melonhead might have another trick up his sleeve. I enjoyed Vol 2 more than Vol 1. The color palette felt a little bit more muted and the frames more readable. I was definitely cheering for Peony and Neptunia to fall in love, but I am not sure that the kiss was earned nor the nickname 'Nep' (they haven't even had a first date!). I loved the character Ariella, especially her small frame & sparkling eyes against her proclivity for violence. Oh! It is also notable that Riess includes great extras at the end of each volume. In Vol 2, there are a few beautiful, full frame illustrations, a cupcake recipe, and a behind-the-scenes look at her color process. Ultimately, I think Space Battle Lunchtime offers a lighthearted, imaginative story to add to any library.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    A cute* and enjoyable conclusion to the story. Peony and Neptunia are adorable together. Also, I really like the previous chapter summaries; they aren't really necessary given the shortness of the story overall, but they are fun and humorous (this of course applies to the recaps in the first volume as well). *I do find Cannibal Coliseum a bit disturbing. Everything in the book has a cartoonish flippancy to it that glosses over the horror, and I know from other sources that (most) children don't s A cute* and enjoyable conclusion to the story. Peony and Neptunia are adorable together. Also, I really like the previous chapter summaries; they aren't really necessary given the shortness of the story overall, but they are fun and humorous (this of course applies to the recaps in the first volume as well). *I do find Cannibal Coliseum a bit disturbing. Everything in the book has a cartoonish flippancy to it that glosses over the horror, and I know from other sources that (most) children don't seem particularly fazed by violence of that sort, but it does bother me a little. (view spoiler)[On a related note, while I enjoy the ending for disrupting the default total victory pattern (Peony wins the competition and possibly even brings Melonhead to justice), I also wish it had turned out differently. While Peony saving Melonhead is a trope of a truly good and heroic character, he didn't really deserve to be saved; after all, he arranged the death of one rival and attempted to do the same to Peony. His change of spirit at the end isn't really enough repentance, and we can only hope that Lil' Magicorn offs him on his new cooking show (hide spoiler)]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

    Peony gets kidnapped and she's forced to be a contestant in the reality TV show Cannibal Coliseum. There's no way she can chop someone up and serve them as the main course, nor does she want to be killed either. Thankfully, her new friend (and how quickly it became romantic) comes to save her. Now that she's been saved, perhaps Peony can finish the show Space Battle Lunchtime and win. Except things go awry. But it's all good because, in the end, she wins new friends, a new romance, and proves to Peony gets kidnapped and she's forced to be a contestant in the reality TV show Cannibal Coliseum. There's no way she can chop someone up and serve them as the main course, nor does she want to be killed either. Thankfully, her new friend (and how quickly it became romantic) comes to save her. Now that she's been saved, perhaps Peony can finish the show Space Battle Lunchtime and win. Except things go awry. But it's all good because, in the end, she wins new friends, a new romance, and proves to aliens that being a human girl is more than just being "cute' but it's about being a genuinely decent (not out to stab you in the back) person. This was a cute ending to this fun little comic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma Andje

    I loved the first book in this Graphic Novel duology, which is why I am filled with remorse to admit that this second installation ruined it for me. The first book is easily marketable for early-elementary and middle school readers. Volume 2, on the other hand, is too violent with aliens being slaughtered, chopped up, cooked, and served to judges for me to recommend it to a younger audience. But, the story and the presentation may be too young for an older (high school) audience. This makes it d I loved the first book in this Graphic Novel duology, which is why I am filled with remorse to admit that this second installation ruined it for me. The first book is easily marketable for early-elementary and middle school readers. Volume 2, on the other hand, is too violent with aliens being slaughtered, chopped up, cooked, and served to judges for me to recommend it to a younger audience. But, the story and the presentation may be too young for an older (high school) audience. This makes it difficult for me as a bookseller to think of who to sell this to. The overall message of diversity and teamwork are wonderful, I just think it could have done without the overdose of gore. I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Booey

    If you loved volume one of SBLT then you are going to love volume two. While there is less of a focus on cooking in this arc, which is a shame, the introduction of several new characters, including a murderous unicorn more than makes up for it. We also get to learn more about the mysterious Neptunia's past as she quickly throws together a rescue mission to save Peony from an unfortunate fate on Cannibal Coliseum! My only complaint is that the book ends rather abruptly. We do get some excellent po If you loved volume one of SBLT then you are going to love volume two. While there is less of a focus on cooking in this arc, which is a shame, the introduction of several new characters, including a murderous unicorn more than makes up for it. We also get to learn more about the mysterious Neptunia's past as she quickly throws together a rescue mission to save Peony from an unfortunate fate on Cannibal Coliseum! My only complaint is that the book ends rather abruptly. We do get some excellent post adventure extras, but I wasn't ready to be done with Peony and friends. Here's hoping that Natalie Riess has more cooking stories up her sleeves.

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