Review: Ice Cream Man #5
[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
When we last left off in the Ice Cream Man universe, death had taken on sinister meanings, and in Ice Cream Man #5 things are, quite frankly, no different. Not to make a pun purposefully, but where a picture is worth a thousand words, this tale takes 100 stories. That tidbit given, let’s settle in for “Ballad Of A Falling Man.”
Lickety Splat, Just Like That!
In Ice Cream Man #5 we get two different points of view telling a story. On one hand, we get the story of Bill, a man who has made the leap from the top of his one hundred story tall business building. As Bill is falling, we get flashes of what is happening on the inside of the building until we get our second protagonist, Veronica. While Bill tells his life story and ponders on the decisions he has made, poor Veronica is dealing with her coworkers literally losing their minds.
As Veronica tries to make her way out of the building, each floor holds new and more hellacious sights and problems. Coworkers killing each other, buzzards looking for a fresh meal, and, of course, insects. Caleb makes another appearance, but who will still be living at the end of it all remains to be seen.
The images that Martin Morazzo and Chris O’ Halloran give us are beautiful. They suit the words of W. Maxwell Prince as perfectly as they always do. There is a serenity to Bill’s fall that the artwork gives right to the end of the book. And the fourth wall break from Caleb is highly entertaining. For such a sad toned book, this one-liner fits in perfectly and seals the deal for the greatness achieved in the story.
I have tried with a fine toothed comb each and every issue to find something that doesn’t fit or add up. Something out of place or that can be seen as a fault. Nothing so far.
Another gem in a unique and thrilling series.
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