Review: Ice Cream Man #1
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Martin Morazzo
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Good Old Neon
Review By: Kendra Hale
Ice Cream Man #1, what an alluring and ensnaring first offering for readers. I had heard praise about this series for a long time but had never had a chance to stop and pick it up. This decision was regretted as soon as I saw the ingenious comic cover concepts for issue #20. It took me no time and I had collected not only all of the available trades up to current but I have made sure the variants of the issue that drew me in are part of my collection.
To describe Ice Cream Man is to draw on the anthology style story telling series like Tales From The Crypt or Creepshow. Different tales involving denizens of this world and the inner and outer horrors that they face. Moreover, each offering is more delicious than the last. If you are a horror fan, this is one of those you shouldn’t miss. Let’s get into issue #1!
What’s Your Favorite Flavor?
In a small town, full of secrets and whispered stories, keep your eye on “Rick”. This ice cream man serves far more than just your normal soft serve. Our eyes for this tale however are focused on a young boy and his unique friend. His friend is not the biggest fan of adults and our young man being the “big boy” that he is, is trying to handle his needs on his own.
All the while another strange occurrence is happening in town and people are noticing pets missing. Leaving the bones and not much else, it has got citizens concerned and looking to the police for help. When the cases merge however, young Bryon and all involved are in for far more than they bargained for.
There are so many pieces that brings positives to Ice Cream Man #1. The writing by W. Maxwell Prince is intelligent and sets up the stage for what to expect going forward. The narrative we will hear for issues to come. Secondly, the artwork by Martin Morazzo is stunning and when joined by the color work of Chris O’Halloran does a proper job of setting you on edge. The lettering is done beautifully and matches the scenes and again adds to the mood and tone of the book, Good Old Neon shows off his mastery.
The Ice Cream Man series is one of those masterpieces that comes along once in a while and you just want to join the ride. If you are a fan of horror, for this instance in comics, then this is a high recommendation. You want to know more about “Rick” and just what he is and what he wants in this town the more the story goes on. The creative team does a stellar job of getting and holding your attention. Above all, I am so glad I came in after trades were available because my patience would not have lasted waiting for each delicious bite. In conclusion, read this comic.
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