Indie Comics Review: Ice Cream Man #4

by Kendra Hale
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Review- Ice Cream Man #4

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Publisher: Image Comics 

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince

Artist: Martin Morazzo

Colorist: Chris O’Halloran

Letterer: Good Old Neon

Review By: Kendra Hale



Ice Cream Man #4 welcomes us back with a shoulder to cry on and nightmares to fear. While “Good Ol’ Fashioned Vanilla” had feet in the past, “Every Good Boy Does Fine” brings us back into the present, in a sense at least. The next tale deals with both life and death, a reoccurring theme to be sure, but in this case a bit more horrific than usual. Let’s settle in. 


Joel is grieving at a time in his life when all seems serene. His wife is pregnant with their first child and he is happy with his life with her…or is he? The sudden passing of his best friend Chris has left him bereft and having to come up with a eulogy. His wife does her best to comfort him but there is more to it than that. After being gone for 25 years, Chris’s Dad is back in town for the funeral.

Having been so absent in Chris’s life has left the Father without the ability to give him a decent eulogy, hence Joel stepping in. but perhaps the Father is good for one thing. After the funeral Joel and Mr. Carson have a drink and a talk as Joel spills his fears of Fatherhood, looking for advice from someone who has already run away from being a family man. 

Joel is shocked to hear that Mr. Carson has nothing but regret. However, regrets are a plenty and there is fear and sadness to spare…just ask Chris.



While most of the horrors we have seen usually deal with a specific fear that may not affect everyone, Ice Cream Man #4 deals a blow of fear that can affect anyone, at any time. With the two tales in one as the stories overlap and intertwine, there are few things less terrifying then what W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo, and Chris O’Halloran bring to life this issue. 

One of my favorite parts of this issue is the introduction of a hereafter reoccurring character, Caleb. When he arrives, our Ice Cream Man, Rick, takes full notice. And not in a good way at all.  In fact, this is the first time we see any reaction that doesn’t include malice and mischief. Not even a glimpse of his usual malevolent glee.  Caleb promises to shake things up. 



None, with a side of none. 



If there were an issue not to miss, Ice Cream Man #4 is that issue. 




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