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32 review for Ice Cream Man #22

  1. 5 out of 5

    Artemis Hobbs

    Well that was unexpectedly sweet! (Pun semi intended). For years I been glancing at Ice Cream Man on the shelf of the comic book store- often wondering if it was worth picking up. I had heard it was an anthology comic (ala Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt), and therefore there was even more ample reason to jump in. (A comic you can jump into and not get lost? Yes please). I picked up #22 and started reading. And... it was- *scratches chin* not at all what i expected. I kept waiting for a twist or Well that was unexpectedly sweet! (Pun semi intended). For years I been glancing at Ice Cream Man on the shelf of the comic book store- often wondering if it was worth picking up. I had heard it was an anthology comic (ala Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt), and therefore there was even more ample reason to jump in. (A comic you can jump into and not get lost? Yes please). I picked up #22 and started reading. And... it was- *scratches chin* not at all what i expected. I kept waiting for a twist or a turn of fate or some sort of terrifying moral to pop in and undercut the fable esque structure. And it just never happened. It actually wasn't even a horror comic- not really. Instead it was a short story about.... *drum roll* abortion! And credit where it's due, it's all told in a very mature and nuanced way. Thoughtful even. Not some "God hates you" or "Baby Killer" self righteous comic. Think Juno but with a bit more Christmas. It was actually very pro Christianity as well- and not in a way that invokes radicalism or fear mongering. I hope I don't sound upset. If anything I was caught off guard. Went in expecting this outright Grim horror story and instead got a really nurturing tale about how abortion is the right choice for some and you shouldn't be shamed for it. I... yeah. That's actually kinda great! I'm glad this exists. Granted it does kinda preach to the choir a little bit. For example it pokes fun at the whole Starbucks Christmas cup controversy from a few years ago. You get the impression this comic knows who it's audience is (it's me) and I'm not here to soil that. Art was alright as well. I was getting Home Alone and Christmas Story vibes the whole time. As someone who had a pregnancy scare and has a sister who had a child at 19, this story ticked a lot of boxes and certainly hit home more than most would. Aside from being super personal, I appreciate how it never skewers into anything lude or extreme. Just a simple fable that reminds each of us that we are always deserving of love. I don't wanna be presumptuous; I'd like to believe the pro life crowd wouldn't get mad at this- but lordy, those folks tend to get upset about everything. Makes me wanna check out some more stories from this series tho. Are they all like this or was this just the exception?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aritra Dasgupta

    I wish I could sit with Maxwell Prince for like 3 hours and just dissect one of his stories. Every issue of Ice Cream Man is wildly inventive but also contains solid writing and an emotional core. This is an incredibly difficult task to pull off, balancing your high creative aspirations while making sure the story gets its proper importance as well. For example here, every page is a day leading up to Christmas and my instant question was, How do you get dramatic pauses or focus on particular emo I wish I could sit with Maxwell Prince for like 3 hours and just dissect one of his stories. Every issue of Ice Cream Man is wildly inventive but also contains solid writing and an emotional core. This is an incredibly difficult task to pull off, balancing your high creative aspirations while making sure the story gets its proper importance as well. For example here, every page is a day leading up to Christmas and my instant question was, How do you get dramatic pauses or focus on particular emotions when you have such a strict format? Not every day is bound to be interesting or note-worthy. So in an ingenious solution, the boring days are used as empty space, moods for wondering and questioning if what you're doing is right? These introspections could easily be, say after the walk home from the abortion clinic or anything like that, and I feel this is where this particular issue fails, the creative and emotional aspects don't mix as beautifully as #19 here.(where the three phases go from childhood loneliness, middle age depression to slowly losing your mind as an old man). Some events end up feeling as filler here and the religious mother angle never reaches a catharsis. Sure, we get to see spiders, ducks, roaches and ICM everywhere but where is the Ice Cream Man? The story itself is kind of bare bones and doesn't really strike its intended chords as hard. It's cute and (as I have said before) I enjoy the hopeful stance the series has taken in recent issues, but there is no twist or inventive spirit in the actual story(at the very least by Ice Cream Man standards). And while the art is brilliant as always, at this point, anything not on par say Ballad of A Falling Man or Haunting for Beginners, feels like a let-down. That's just a testament to the brilliant powers at play here and I hope they come back better than ever after the holidays.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book is perfect every single month. This issue follows a young girl who is about to make one of the toughest decisions in her life. You follow her day by day as she opens an advent calendar leading up to Christmas.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ivy Moore

    An Ice Cream Man with a happy ending?!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  6. 4 out of 5

    Burton Olivier

  7. 5 out of 5

    Renee

  8. 4 out of 5

    TRACE

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Moore

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Peterson

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emilio Mendoza

  14. 4 out of 5

    Imogene

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brennan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Frick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yannick Wessa

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Walker

  21. 5 out of 5

    Blake H.R.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Helberg

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karina Q.

  26. 5 out of 5

    PBNightmare

  27. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim the Strange

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kandi Lopez

  31. 4 out of 5

    BryceFury

  32. 5 out of 5

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