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"Ice Cream Man #12" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by W. Maxwell Prince
Illustrated by Martin Morazzo
Colored by Chris O'Halloran
Lettered by Good Old Neon
2019, 40 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 8th, 2019

Review:

You never know what to expect with Ice Cream Man and this issue is no different. This time around we're taken into the not-too-distant future out into the stars. Noah Smith is flying the Archival Recivilization Capsule (A.R.C.) through space looking for a new seed-world. The ship's computer chronicles his thoughts and emotions as the navigational MapBot b0b provides assistance as necessary.

There is something so very unsettling about being alone in space. Anything could happen to Noah out there and no one would really know. While he has a robot to talk to, he has no real human interaction and that can be maddening.

There's a stillness throughout the early pages of Ice Cream Man #12. It's a peaceful yet eerie feeling, like something terrifying is going to happen at any moment. Of course, something does and the tension does not let up from that point on. There's an abrupt shift in tone, signaled by Chris O'Halloran's colors. We go from a sterile, metallic grey and blue to a bright red of danger as he encounters Space Spiders.

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The designs for these creatures are like spider versions of Xenomorphs. Their body resembles the head of the Aliens and they have eight long legs spiraling out. This is creepy on its own, but then they open their mouth or rather, unhinge the bottom half of their body to reveal rows of sharp teeth and multiple slashing tongues.

That's just the beginning of the scares in Ice Cream Man #12. Artist Martin Morazzo balances these monstrous elements with those of pure human terror. You can see the fear on Noah's face as he's trying to figure out what to do next. He's facing certain death, not only of himself, but of his precious cargo.

We get updates as to Noah's mental condition thanks to b0b's notes. Letterer Good Old Neon shows these like pop-up windows in bright orange bubbles. These contrast with the chilling nature of the story as Noah descends into madness.

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Of course, it wouldn't be an Ice Cream Man comic without some twists and turns and this issue definitely delivers them. You start to get a sense as to what you're in for in the second half before writer W. Maxwell Prince rips the Band-Aid off and reveals everything.

Ice Cream Man works like a great episode of The Twilight Zone. Although there are some ongoing elements that long time readers will appreciate, you can jump into this book at seemingly anytime and get a creepy story that's sure to send a shiver down your spine. This comic is consistently weird and disturbing.

Grades:

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Overall: Fourstars

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