My Week in Comics: April 15, 2011

Fathers, fast people and feeding ramen is all the rage in My Week in Comics! What have I gotten myself into this week? Read on to find out!

DC's Flashpoint event is chugging along in earnest, with The Flash #10 featuring a heart-to-heart talk with The Flash and Hot Pursuit, who is revealed to be Barry Allen from an alternate earth. It's here that we find out what's causing Flashpoint, and Hot Pursuit promises it won't be pretty. There's also another murder, and a reunion from a long-lost friend, but its all fluff at this point. Hot Pursuit's design is definitely growing on me, and the very fact that his motorcycle runs on GOES FAST fuel is the sort of crazy thing Geoff Johns might think up. An improvement from the last issue, made even more awesome by Francis Manapul's artwork. I envy the guy, I really do. This gets a 3.5 out of 5.

Uncanny X-Force #7 is the big showdown issue of the Deathlok Nation arc. The team is now inside The World in search of Father, the creator of the evil Deathlok'd versions of Marvel's heroes, and they're itching for payback...but not  if the evil Deathloks kill them first!

Writer Rick Remender knows how to end an arc, and I could think of a few writers who could learn a thing or two from him. The uphill battle against Father's minions just ratchets up the tension, and at the same time every single member gets a chance to shine. Even Deadpool, bless his blackened heart, gets layers to his personality that you don't really get from other books. Ironic how a book about inhuman killers manages to humanize somebody like Deadpool! And the art? Esad Ribic is firing on all cylinders on this one, with sprawling panoramas and down and dirty action filling every page. This is Ribic's best work yet, hands down. A filling read for $2.99/Php150. This gets a 5 out of 5.

Neko Ramen vo. 4: We're Going Green! Kind of... serves up more kitty goodness, with Taisho (the cat who runs a ramen shop) seemingly having too much time in his hands as he tries out even more outrageous ways to serve ramen. Ever eaten ramen soup from a mist blower, or chosen your ramen from a shooting gallery? Taisho's got a knack from doing things with ramen that at this point was considered impossible and pointless to do. He's like the poster cat for the saying "You can do anything once you set your mind to it.", it." and I love him for it. Kenji Sonishi tones down some of the Japanese terms and piles on the visual and ironic humor, making this volume very enjoyable and accessible to anyone. With guest stars galore, anteaters and polar bears and a little bit of heartwarming, Neko Ramen's latest volume is highly recommended. Oh and cute white cats you guys. This gets a 5 out of 5.

Three pretty awesome comics this week. That's the very definition of great here at Behold the Geek! I hope your week's been as great as mine. Comments? Suggestions? Want to ask yourself why you're not reading Neko Ramen yet? Leave me a comment below and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

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