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Ice Cream Man #35

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

“THE BOOK OF NECESSARY MONSTERS”

Herewith a bestiary of creatures unavoidable, ineluctable, and everlasting.

Publication Date
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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
32 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BW1VBZZ1

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Comic Watch

    With a little bit of humanity and a splash of one’s twisted, depressed imagination, Ice Cream Man #35 makes for a tale that on first go is engaging and thought provoking, but on a second will have you stopping to consider its well-laid themes of near disturbing importance.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 85

    COMICON

    The anthology series Ice Cream Man has never been afraid of being self-referential. When writer W. Maxwell Prince explores a certain character’s neuroses – whether it be an earworm or an irrational fear of spiders, you can’t help but think that he is really writing about his own “issues.” When they are at their best, the stories feel deeply personal.

    This time, Prince goes meta, by writing about a would-be author who is working on the most important book in the history of the world – The Book of Necessary Monsters. In it, he describes such terrifying beasts and phenomena as the Gum Dream, the King Spider and the Time Suck. The creative team has already explored many of these monsters in the series’ previous installments.

    We’ve all experienced something like these before, making these particular monsters all the scarier and more relatable. To drive the point home, artist Martin Morazzo created a main cover to this issue that is identical to the book in the story. In addition to the scenes in author Jacob’s house, Morazzo gives a simple, yet effective illustration of each of the monsters in the uber book.

    In the story, Jacob is trying to avoid his wife and son so he can finish the book. He sees the tome as his life’s work and writes while in the attic, the bathroom and the cellar. Like most professional parents, he feels some grief for ignoring his son, whom – he repeatedly reminds us – has a problem with his jaw necessitating that his food be cut into small pieces.

    Of course, this being Ice Cream Man, all is not as it seems. If you’re looking for a happy ending to each issue, try another series. But if you want quality writing coupled with unique and highly complementary artwork, keep coming back each month.

  • 80

    AIPT

    Image Comics’ Ice Cream Man anthology horror series has been a fan favorite horror comic since its debut in 2018, and writer W. Maxwell Prince and main artist Martin Morazzo have continued to bring terror to the pages of the series since. While Ice Cream Man #35 is not an ideal starting point for the brilliant series – it is not as engaging as some of the other comics because of it’s “companion guide” like writing and lack of active horror – it’s still a solid and creative addition to the catalogue, deepening the lore of the titular Ice Cream Man, Rick, in subtle ways.

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    Ice Cream Man #35 will not be everyone’s cup of tea, due to its prose-heavy writing and lack of active horror, but for the right reader this issue will be an ideal companion to prior Ice Cream Man stories, and could also be an enjoyable standalone horror short story for casual horror fans. Deftly weaving together the introspective thoughts on the essence of the Ice Cream Man in a creative way while also making prescient comments on many aspects of human behavior, Ice Cream Man #35 is brilliantly written and uniquely illustrated, making it a must-read for any fans of the Ice Cream Man anthology.

  • 60

    ComicBook.com

    Half of Ice Cream Man #35 is devoted to text pages detailing the idiosyncratic sorts of monsters readers have come to expect in the series. There are some familiar faces alongside a number of new ones related directly to the author of these text page’s current plight. While the concepts and designs are intriguing, they read slowly and in a familiar style that often makes them burdensome to the pacing. The story at the center of this issue, told between samples of the protagonist’s fictional text, boils down to a single twist that lands very well in the final few pages, but doesn’t develop much tension along the way. It’s a fun conceit but one that doesn’t earn an entire issue’s space.

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