Review: Ice Cream Man #2
[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 #2 is on deck this time and no disappointments to be found. This offering is a bit harder as it deals with raw situations that some readers may relate to. In the first issue we met Bryon and his friend Rupert, as well as confirming that “Rick” is not all that he seems. Let us get into this issue and meet Karen and Jim.
“Rainbow Sprinkles” is told by Karen, a junkie who is at her most desperate hour. She guides the tale of how she and her love, Jim, got to where they are now, harrowed and feigning for the fix or dopesick and suffering through withdrawal. Poor Jim is not who he used to be, as his body is waging war on itself. Things were not always this way, but through a rash of bad decisions and just chasing that high together, they have ended up with Karen wanting to reclaim their happiness…at any cost.
Outside forces want her down this path as well, and they are counting on her to raise chaos.
The trope of using visceral images, like those of drug use, is not new in the world of comics. But I really enjoyed the narration from Karen as she details just how her and Jim got to where they are now. The journey from what was so normal to where the high was the only thing they could even manage to think about. Even that seemed on auto pilot.
The twists and turns, especially those involving our friend “Rick” are so enjoyable. The tones that this team is always able to set is the kind that makes you want to read this series with the lights on. Or if you are feeling brave, with a blanket and flashlight. Delicious and delightful horror in gallons.
Does the fact that it isn’t longer count as a negative?
If issue #1 grabbed our attention, then issue #2 certainly holds it tightly. This story doesn’t deviate into different stories, rather it holds one throughout. Watching Karen and Jim go from a love struck couple to only the high mattering is heavy. The team leaves nothing on the cutting room floor. It serves to make this read all the more gripping.
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