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Ice Cream Man #33

80
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 2 critic ratings.

NEW STORY ARC

“THE KIND OF STORY I WANT TO WRITE”
There’s the kind of story I want to write—and then there’s this story.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
Language
English
Price
$1.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BGT8HVFN

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2 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    Writer W. Maxwell Prince places himself, or at least a facsimile of himself, at the center of Ice Cream Man as the narrators contrasts the sorts of stories he wishes he could tell with those he does. The issue is visually styled in a fashion similar to “Goofus & Gallant,” with the top half of each page presenting an optimistic tale in bright, lively colors by Chris O’Halloran while the bottom fades into dull drudgery. These reflected narratives follow a few weeks in the life of Brad as he goes to work, encounters a new romantic partner, and arrives at a moment of crisis. The former is optimistic and inspiring, while the latter is cynical and saddening. Yet both lie flat on the page as Brad is made to be an opposite of himself allowing no space for nuance, and Ice Cream Man has always been a comic book interested in the nuances surrounding its dark subject matter. This approach makes clear the protagonist is not Brad, but Brad’s storyteller – the writers and artists who create him. So the focus of the story is upon what sorts of stories we choose to tell and what drives us to tell them. In this way the reflections reveal a false question and encourage readers to consider why they seek out stories like this. It’s a deftly executed maneuver in an another ambitious issue, and one capable of delivering something far more interesting than the stereotypically bland competition between hope and despair, as life lies somewhere in between.

  • 90

    COMICON

    Why do horror writers create dark, terror-filled worlds instead of telling happy stories? That question is haunting the narrator in this great story. There may not be a lot of action, but it’s a fascinating exploration of a writer trapped him his own creation – and his own success.

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