Review: Ice Cream Man #6
[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 #6 is my favorite so far in the Ice Cream Man universe, and I do not say these words lightly. This series, only six issues in, has captured my full attention, and “Strange Neapolitan” was the issue that demanded the most of that attention. That said, let’s dive in.
For Each Age Is A Dream That Is Dying, Or One That Is Coming To Birth
With a concept the likes I have never seen, “Strange Neapolitan” shows the story of a man in three different ways, following three separate paths. Using distinct color palettes to showcase each path, we are shown the man’s life as it unfolds in these three extremes – sadness, happiness, and horror – shown in raw perfection.
We watch as three lifestyles play out. One is a couple who faces an unspeakable tragedy. The second, a bachelor life complete with loyal canine companionship. And the third is a dark and twisted tale where unexpected horrors await our poor protagonist.
Chris O’ Halloran takes the cake in this issue, amplifying the emotions and tone. The color work done here is absolutely exquisite. But to be completely fair, each part of this story plays an important part. The art, the color, and the writing all bring this chilling tale to life. Ice Cream Man #6 is told, from beginning to end, in such a distinctive way. A second personal favorite part is that this story stands on the art to tell the reader what is going on, and only features one phrase the entire issue. A doozy of one in fact.
Nothing at all.
If you haven’t picked this series up yet, this issue alone showcases every single reason I could tell you to do so. In peak form. So, what are you waiting for!
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