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Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, addiction, musical fantasy...there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery. ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all o Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, addiction, musical fantasy...there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery. ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment 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 colorful 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 (SNOWFALL, GREAT PACIFIC). Collects issues 1-4.


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Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, addiction, musical fantasy...there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery. ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all o Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, addiction, musical fantasy...there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery. ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment 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 colorful 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 (SNOWFALL, GREAT PACIFIC). Collects issues 1-4.

30 review for Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    The best thing I’ve read all year. A sharp, funny, surreal, surprising nightmare. Like Grant Morrison meets Hitchcock. The Ice Cream Man is this bizarre trickster demi-god going around screwing with the mind space of a small unaware town. And beautifully illustrated. I’ll leave it that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    HFK

    Now when closing in with fiftieth day of heat (fuck off already, please), I feel it is a proper time to review something that involves ice cream. And ice cream man. Ice Cream Man is some sort of smarty-ass wannabe comic that tries to copy from the greats without much of an success. The melancholic tackle through life's bigger questions with a hint of horror that takes us back to the time when this shit was super cool, and entertained our late nights on TV. Yeah, I did not like. To me this comes ac Now when closing in with fiftieth day of heat (fuck off already, please), I feel it is a proper time to review something that involves ice cream. And ice cream man. Ice Cream Man is some sort of smarty-ass wannabe comic that tries to copy from the greats without much of an success. The melancholic tackle through life's bigger questions with a hint of horror that takes us back to the time when this shit was super cool, and entertained our late nights on TV. Yeah, I did not like. To me this comes across weak, superly uneven as well as uninteresting. Each story has the trickster effect, most stories are shallow and extremely typical. Only story I connected was of the American Opioid epidemic. I am not sure how the author intended it to be, but as typical as the story was, it greatly brought the attitudes to surface. How too many addicts that use (addictive)medicine prescribed by doctors see themselves being different from the addicts that use illegal street drugs, or not being addicts at all. Newsflash, that ain't so. I am also not sure did the author actually intend the ending to describe the selfishness of an active addict or not, but that it is how I read it. People who know severe addicts, or are addicts themselves, knows exactly what I mean by this - there is no need for explanations. The last issue made this a comic that has a plot device withing instead of just individual stories, and to me this did not work very well. There is not much to make with the first volume, but I doubt I will go to the second to see it through. I have better things to read and use my limited time for.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Satan’s taken many forms in fiction: John Milton’s tragic fallen angel; the popular cartoonish red horned dude with cloven feet; Ned Flanders in that Simpsons Halloween episode; and now… an ice cream seller?! I don’t know exactly why they made that choice, other than some kind of playful juxtaposition with the innocence of childhood, but so it goes with W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo’s pretty decent horror anthology comic, Ice Cream Man. There are four stories here in four issues, each wit Satan’s taken many forms in fiction: John Milton’s tragic fallen angel; the popular cartoonish red horned dude with cloven feet; Ned Flanders in that Simpsons Halloween episode; and now… an ice cream seller?! I don’t know exactly why they made that choice, other than some kind of playful juxtaposition with the innocence of childhood, but so it goes with W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo’s pretty decent horror anthology comic, Ice Cream Man. There are four stories here in four issues, each with an increasingly tenuous link to the Ice Cream Man. Prince either needed to give us more on the character or just drop the contrivance entirely - as it is, the character/framing device is very underwritten. And, while the book starts well, unfortunately each succeeding story gets progressively worse. My favourite flavour was the first, about a weird kid whose best friend is a spider – but where are his parents? I liked the blend of dark humour and twisty storytelling – it’s a very imaginative and fun read. The second story is an unoriginal and predictable episode on the opioid epidemic currently gripping America as a pair of heroin addicts struggle to maintain their habits. It’s a well-written/told piece but not nearly as creative as the first and, if you’ve read enough stories about heroin addicts as I have, it’s as generic as you can get with this kind of tale. The third story is about a one-hit wonder trying futilely to write another great rock song. If you accept that the Ice Cream Man is the Devil then the idea of selling your soul to become an amazing musician is an old one, most famously linked to the legendary Delta bluesman, Robert Johnson, so it’s an unoriginal concept. It’s a trippy episode with musical characters like Major Tom and Eleanor Rigby popping up but it’s largely pointless and unsatisfying. The fourth story is even more so: a guy who’s thinking of skipping out on his pregnant wife meets his dead friend’s father who did something similar years ago and… they have a drink. It’s so utterly forgettable - honestly, I’ve had to remind myself twice now how that one ended. What a steep drop in quality from the first issue to the fourth! Martin Morazzo’s art is quite good. He nails the horror scenes when he needs to and he shows versatility in drawing both stark realism and fantastical dream sequences with equal confidence. I don’t love his style but I don’t dislike it either. It’s no must-read but if you’re after a mildly diverting mix of contemporary horror comics, Ice Cream Man, Volume 1: Rainbow Sprinkles has a few treats to tantalise those taste buds - lickety split!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.0 Stars This is a weird collection of short and, sometimes, horrifying short graphic stories. The first story was my favourite. I didn't particularly enjoy the other ones, but the ice cream man was still very creepy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jordan West

    3.5; a pleasingly offbeat, promising debut volume that gets a lot of mileage out of its enigmatic titular character, whose actions vary from mischievousness to pure malevolence, while the ending hints at the introduction of a larger mythology that is quite intriguing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    vostendrasamigos yotengolibros

    *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* A waste of pages.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Another story hovering on the borders of anthology from the writer of One Week in the Library, and this at least avoids one of the big problems there in that, unlike that library with no readers or borrowers, the linking figure here does sell ice cream to customers. Sometimes with a little extra something included... The art has a suitably queasy, vaguely Chris Burnham thing going on, but the stories don't feel distinct enough - the first two both have someone going out to get a taste of somethi Another story hovering on the borders of anthology from the writer of One Week in the Library, and this at least avoids one of the big problems there in that, unlike that library with no readers or borrowers, the linking figure here does sell ice cream to customers. Sometimes with a little extra something included... The art has a suitably queasy, vaguely Chris Burnham thing going on, but the stories don't feel distinct enough - the first two both have someone going out to get a taste of something sweet while at home a loved one slumps dead or dying behind a suburban facade. Also, the word 'sprinkles' is setting me off at present because of a particularly annoying laptop ad I kept getting on All4 recently. Still, the second brace of stories mix the flavours a bit more effectively, so there's hope yet. (Edelweiss ARC)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This comic was so freaking strange!!! I really enjoyed it though. The artwork was interesting and the stories...they were crazy. If you haven’t read this definitely give it a chance. I’ll be posting my full review here once it goes live on my blog.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dany

    I had all the intention to love this, as I loved the cover, the synopsis and the general idea... but this was a mess... and didn't quite feel the horror or that the stories were that original.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* I had no idea what to expect with this graphic novel. What I got was an adult Goosebumps comic, pretty much. There are four different stories in this book. They each involve the Ice Cream Man, but in different ways. The juxtaposition of the classic ice cream truck and the gruesome deaths gives the book a modern, creepy feel. The first story involves a boy and his pet spider. The second deals with dr *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* I had no idea what to expect with this graphic novel. What I got was an adult Goosebumps comic, pretty much. There are four different stories in this book. They each involve the Ice Cream Man, but in different ways. The juxtaposition of the classic ice cream truck and the gruesome deaths gives the book a modern, creepy feel. The first story involves a boy and his pet spider. The second deals with drug addicts. The third focuses on a has-been one-hit-wonder and features a lot of trippy rock references. The last story is pretty creepy and involves a funeral. I give this graphic novel a 3/5. The art was great, but the gory stories didn't have enough depth for me. It's definitely original, though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Imogene

    That was actually totally scary. It pulls out and shows the darkest parts of the characters. I can’t wait to read more, and to figure out WHAT THE FRICK FRAK IS GOING ON. Plus, who on earth is the man in Black?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chad Jordahl

    I'm not really sure why I liked this. I guess it's the writing? Because normally this type of weird story and the style of art would not appeal to me. I liked it beyond expectations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Great little vignettes of horror.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    3.5 This one uses anthology-type storytelling to follow the (mis)deeds of a ghoulish character wreaking havoc on a small town by using their own vices against them. Intriguing premise, but not terribly cohesive. It ends with the promise of a larger picture so I'm intrigued...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Four stories from a Twilight Zone smallsville that have to feature an ice cream seller. They're fine to a certain extent – quick and interesting little genre pieces – until the last one, which isn't really up to much, beyond a quirky narrative twist, and kind of disturbs the balance of the whole book by thrusting an antagonist and an on-going arc onto things. Still, whatever is going to come certainly looks interesting on this evidence – I just wish the book could have stuck to its convictions a Four stories from a Twilight Zone smallsville that have to feature an ice cream seller. They're fine to a certain extent – quick and interesting little genre pieces – until the last one, which isn't really up to much, beyond a quirky narrative twist, and kind of disturbs the balance of the whole book by thrusting an antagonist and an on-going arc onto things. Still, whatever is going to come certainly looks interesting on this evidence – I just wish the book could have stuck to its convictions and remained an anthology of self-contained tales. Three and a half stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I'm not normally a 'horror' type of gal - I prefer rhinestones and glitter to blood and guts, and if I'm forced to watching a scary movie, I read the entire synopsis online before it starts, so I know exactly what to expect. With that being said, this absolute pansy LOVED Ice Cream Man Vol. 1! I don't know that I would even really classify it as horror - but then again, is "creeping dread" a genre? As someone who pretty much exclusively buys collected editions, I can see myself adding this to a p I'm not normally a 'horror' type of gal - I prefer rhinestones and glitter to blood and guts, and if I'm forced to watching a scary movie, I read the entire synopsis online before it starts, so I know exactly what to expect. With that being said, this absolute pansy LOVED Ice Cream Man Vol. 1! I don't know that I would even really classify it as horror - but then again, is "creeping dread" a genre? As someone who pretty much exclusively buys collected editions, I can see myself adding this to a pull list - each issue is its own contained story, set in the same universe, and with the same menacing Ice Cream Man handing out scoops to his unsuspecting playthings. Some stories are better than others, however - I didn't really love the psychedelic dream-world of story #3 - I think it took something away from the world the stories are set in. Stories 1 and 2 are both fantastic, and got me hooked right away! Story #4 is a heavy hitter - it's almost hard to read in places because it is so heavy, but it felt like a good wrap-up to the book. Can't wait for Volume 2!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    This is an anthology series where each issue is a self-contained story with different characters. What pulls them together as a collection is that they all feature the Ice Cream Man. While one of the stories was decidedly horror as a whole I'd rather call them weird tales. The first was the best of the four contained here. After that, they decreased in interest for me and I found the entire gimmick got old fast. I'll say that each story does have a bit of a thrill to make it a decent enough way This is an anthology series where each issue is a self-contained story with different characters. What pulls them together as a collection is that they all feature the Ice Cream Man. While one of the stories was decidedly horror as a whole I'd rather call them weird tales. The first was the best of the four contained here. After that, they decreased in interest for me and I found the entire gimmick got old fast. I'll say that each story does have a bit of a thrill to make it a decent enough way to spend a quick half hour. The illustration art is unimpressive.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    *Galley received from Image* I'm struggling with how to rate this one because--while I don't know how much I "enjoyed it"--this collection of episodes is well-written and darkly fascinating. It's quite strong for a collection of loosely linked stories--all connected by the enigmatic and threatening character of the Ice Cream Man. The art works well as each bright, disturbing, curious tale unfolds. And the conclusion of vol. 1 holds its own mystery and hints at more to come. I'll give it this much *Galley received from Image* I'm struggling with how to rate this one because--while I don't know how much I "enjoyed it"--this collection of episodes is well-written and darkly fascinating. It's quite strong for a collection of loosely linked stories--all connected by the enigmatic and threatening character of the Ice Cream Man. The art works well as each bright, disturbing, curious tale unfolds. And the conclusion of vol. 1 holds its own mystery and hints at more to come. I'll give it this much--I'm definitely intrigued.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    This book reminds me of my nightmares. Ice Cream Man is an anthology of different stories ranging from extreme loss, drug addiction, human depravity, and straight up horrifying terror. The Ice Cream Man seems to be the purveyor of suffering; his ice cream, a special flavor served up to special people, takes them to their darkest, most horrifying places. Definitely a great pick for adult readers who like horror titles. I received the ARC from Image Comics.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Drucilla

    I really liked the art and I liked each individual story, but I felt that, as a whole, the stories were all over the place. I never really felt a connecting theme. Maybe I'm missing something. I'm still picking up the second volume, though. The last few pages promise quite an interesting continuation.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Juan

    This was crazy weird. On one hand it feels like a modern day Tales from the Crypt despite not entirely being a horror series. This volume was only 4 issues but there is the mysterious character of the Ice Cream Man himself. What is he? I want to read more and get some answers. Who was the man at the very end?? Now I want some ice cream...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Woowott

    This reminds me a bit of Petshop of Horrors, except Count Dee isn't human but is basically an eco-terrorist. I'm not sure what Rick is, besides apparently a werewolf? So we'll see. I liked the first story because tarantulas, and I liked the others well enough, but the beginning and the end are the only stories that really move the plot forward.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Norman

    Woooo. Something sweet... Surprise hit! Little vignettes, short stories. Sorta horror-y, surreal. Steeped in the horrors of reality and human nature though even if it seems to be supernatural. None of these stories follow any sort of story-telling form, which I appreciate. Kind of just unravels into a mess of things. Lickety split!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    A completely insane series of loosely connected stories that shift from sci-fi to horror to existential dread with each issue. While there are hints of a bigger plot, it's kind of delightful just how crazy and unexplained things are. If you've been itching for a new demented spin on Tales from the Crypt/The Twilight Zone, this is a pretty good choice.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Richards

    This was just terrible. It didn't make any sense, was predictable, boring, silly, not scary, random and dropped the ball narratively. The art is good, and the last story was at least a nice character study - but even that didn't make any sense as it didn't match the rest of the stories in the book. I have no idea what the point of this book is.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stir

    I am almost crying. Everybody is suffering and then cuts to the candy bitch sorry respect whatever about to eat ice cream and guys, the captions from the beginning about him spreading happiness to all and bitch, he was spreading happiness, he is spreading happiness to himself because he bitch lives in a fucking ice cream truck. LIVES. probably. Hold me tony danza. catcha qhat

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Whaaa..? Did I enjoy the concept? Absolutely. But the execution was so scattershot that it was hard to understand exactly what was going on a good portion of the time. This graphic novel reminded me of those various TV horror anthologies that try to be great but just end up loping along, directionless.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fiction State Of Mind

    Coyer Summer Bash This is a triply little volume of stories. A local ice cream man becomes a catalyst in the outcomes of several people’s lives: a desperate junkie, a one hit wonder song writer, a young boy with a deadly pet. There seems an unworldliness about the ice cream vendor and maybe a touch of evil. This series is part of Gerad Way’s imprint Young Animal for DC comics

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Well, this was a creepy little collection of stories. I like how the bright pastel colours contrast with the dark, dark subject matter. My favorite was the first story "Raspberry Surprise." I really don't enjoy spiders but how can you not feel some love for Rupert?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Lopez

    Really weird, freaky tales. The first couple of stories were the better ones.

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