Apr 2, 2018

Love ‘N Noodles: The Perfect Mix

There are a few things I love in this world: comics, Gundam model kits, ramen, basketball, and love stories. If I have to buy an unfamiliar comic book, it has to be something that I can relate to. For me, in that way I can enjoy the story.

Love ‘N Noodles: The Perfect Mix
by Migs Acabado

About two weeks ago, I was looking for a new local comic book to read in our local comic shop, Comic Odyssey. Our local comic shop has a wide range of local titles. I saw this comic book called Noodle Boy, which never got my attention initially so I opted to buy two Image trade paperbacks instead. There was something about this Noodle Boy comic book thought that kept on bugging my mind. In the next week, I Googled it and found out that it is a love story and it involves ramen! With that, I thought “Okay, you got me, I’ll definitely pick this up when I return to Comic Odyssey.” Then just yesterday I bought a copy of Noodle Boy together with Doomsday Clock #4. I can say that my instincts never failed me.

Noodle Boy is written by Paolo Herras with the art of Tepai Pascual. It is the story about cosplayer Carlo and failed head chef Ayumi. The story began with an awkward meeting between the two followed by another awkward moment at Ayumi’s restaurant. Ayumi is really a bad chef. Their customers’ reaction to her ramen was so horrible they had to spit in it right after eating. Carlo is a ramen lover who stopped eating rice. They had some nice moments in this volume, but the comic ends in a cliffhanger.

This is a good comic book. I love how they handled the chemistry between the two protagonists. The creators did a good job in handling the characterization for both characters. They did not make Ayumi and Carlo fall in love right away. They handled the characters’ backstory neatly, showing Ayumi’s teenage past in Japan as well as Carlo’s former love and why he stopped eating rice. This book has a feel-good mood. I did not regret picking this up even without knowing the book’s creators.

This comic book came out in 2014, and if I’m not mistaken, the second volume is yet to come out. I really hope it sees the light of the day and it comes out soon. I cannot wait to see where the story goes. There are a lot of potential for this comic book. I have to say it may be unusual, but Love and Ramen works like peanut butter and jelly to me. This book really got my attention.

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