A Review of Ice Cream Man #1 – Raspberry Surprise Indeed
Story: W. Maxwell Prince
Art / Cover: Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran
Variant Cover: Frazer Irving
Published by Image Comics
Have you ever been weary of ice cream men, as if they were holding secrets in their big white van? Well this one certainly is. That little jingle you hear coming down the street could is a danger signal. Make sure you have parental supervision.
When I read the description of Ice Cream Man, I was too interested. A horror and crime story about ice cream? Why not see how it goes.
W. Maxwell Prince easily transitions from one element to another in this book. There’s little cop jargon. Not over the top creep factors. Also, not overly gory on the horror side. However, Prince gives the book its haunting factor, as if danger is crawling up the back of your neck.
It is always a small suburbia town where the weird and unexplained begin to happen. It’s the places that are least expected, so what better place for monsters to pop up. As much as I want to point out some of the possible typical elements, it isn’t worth it. Prince knows how to work them into making it his own. What’s new under the sun anyway. You can either have some fun with it or be stale. I promise Prince is the former.
Upon seeing the cover I didn’t think I would care for the art style. However, I have gotten used to many indie book having dozens of indie styles. In some places, it kinda reminded me a little of Frank Quietly, who I admit I didn’t at first care for. I immediately got over my hesitations. Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran’s art is just what the book needs. It knows what it wants to be and stays very consistent.
I am also loving the limited color palette and flat color style of Image books. It not only gives Ice Cream Man a simple look, but the tones help set the mood. A lot of details and bright colors aren’t needed in Ice Cream Man. Every shadow is in place. Proportions aren’t too exaggerated. Panels are orderly. Its stylized, its clean, and that’s all I needed it to be.
One thing I wasn’t so sure of is the lettering. As you can see in the preview images below, there were boxes of information that stood out of place. The box and the lettering inside them just seemed very rigid in comparison to the panels around them. Almost like they were out of place. However, they weren’t there for long, so it isn’t a make or break factor.
I haven’t read any Image in a while and this is a great first issue to get anyone back into the game. I believe Ice Cream Man will be an instant fave with readers. Indie comics are expanding and so should your comic library.
If you like monsters, creepy crawlies, and cop, then Ice Cream Man is the “genre-defying comic book series” you should have. These elements just blend together chocolate and peanut butter ice cream.
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