Image Comics 2018
Written by W. Maxwell Prince
Illustrated by Martin Morazzo
Coloured by Chris O’Halloran
Lettered by Good Old Neon
One singular sensation every move that he makes…. Yeah pretty how I feel when I am reading this book. It’s such a freaking delightful series so far and that the Ice Cream Man is this supernatural figure whom we know pretty much nothing about is the perfect host of the book. I don’t want to know about him either I think a big part of his charm and appeal is that he is an “unknown” quantity and to be honest it should be that way. So what Maxwell is doing here is in my humble opinion a modern day Twilight Zone which is extremely well done.
The house we see when we open the book seems like any other in middle America, a small one family dwelling it doesn’t look unkempt or anything to give us a clue as to what lies inside. I like it that the couple inside seem to be suffering from an infliction of their own making, though that’s hardly fair to really say. Addiction cannot be helped unless the person is willing to be helped and having someone to enable you along for the ride well yeah then this is where we find ourselves. The real question here is how long did it take for the downward spiral to occur?
After the first quarter of the book is spent on our lovebirds we encounter a much different kind of lovebirds. This couple is elderly so what do they have in common with the previous couple well that’s something you need to piece together. However suffice it to say that they are very familiar at least to me and it could be my father or me at this point but it’s very easy to see and understand them. Once you make the connection it’s strange that we say one thing about A and something different about B. I think suddenly the idea surrounding this goes incredibly highbrow and it’s something we all need to take a closer look at how we think.
Martin and Chris do some amazing work on the interiors here. I am a huge fan of the way we see the linework here and the different weights used for the subtle to bold lines that are needed. The attention to detail is spectacular to see and I love how it all works together to create such vivid imagery that lets you see and identify things quickly and clearly. Also the amount of backgrounds in use here is very nice to see as it does expand the scenes and the world the characters live in. The way page layouts are used so we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a marvellous eye for storytelling.
The way the two segments are woven into one is bloody well brilliant to see. I wouldn’t have expected it to go down like this but it did and I love that about Maxwell and his ability to write a story. This from the beginning has that “it” factor that grabs our attention and doesn’t let go. When you throw the Ice Cream Man into the mix things go that extra mile. I mean you never know when he’s going to show up and what he intends to do and I think that kind of anticipation isn’t even felt until you see him.
The structure of the book, how we see the ebb & flow of what’s occurring and then the stellar characterisation really completes how well this book is written. Then add into that the interior artwork and well there’s no denying why this keeps going back to print again.