Review- Ice Cream Man #24
WARNING: Mature Themes including Drug Addiction
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
WRITER: W. Maxwell Prince
MAIN COVER ARTISTS: Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran, Tiffany Turrill
VARIANT COVERS: Have a look at some the very expensive limited runs below!!
Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavour for everyone’s misery. ICE CREAM MAN (ICM) is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate ‘one-shot’ tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each instalment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colourful truck, is the Ice Cream Man- a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers-lickety-split!-can change the course of your life forever. Written by W. MAXWELL PRINCE (ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY), with art by MARTÍN MORAZZO (GREAT PACIFIC) and CHRIS O’HALLORAN (GENERATION GONE).
Can you help Jerry? Dial 555-1234 and help a poor guy out. He’s literally falling apart as you read this comic and you are sitting there flipping pages!
ICM 24 starts at the bottom with tooth extraction and goes downhill from there! Poor Jerry has no luck, his wife left him and divorced, he’s losing his job and his health is at rock bottom…Dial 555-1234 or Rosco the border collie gets it as well!
Prince’s writing is as dark, thought-proving and ultimately pointless as needed in this issue. The telethon and sponsored adverts really hit home and with a lifeline to call or contact substance abuse organisations like Shatterproof.org, there is a serious message within this dark tale. In the UK, if you feel affected by this issue or even this review please reach out to someone or chat to Frank.
Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran are masters of their craft. Each page sings with misery and schadenfreude as the ICM delights in Jerry’s descent and the tempo and use of mirrored panels to repeat and focus the message draws the reader down into the depths of misery.
Drug addiction and abuse is a growing problem! We all know or are someone struggling with alcohol, soft or hard abuse. If this comic helps to raise awareness and save one life it’s done more than many to highlight and chat about it using a safe medium. I think this issue deserves a clean sweep of 5 stars out of 5!
I really hope you get something out of this review of Ice Cream Man #24
Thanks to Image Comics who provided BGCP with a preview copy!
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