Ice Cream Man, Vol. 2
This critically acclaimed series of not-so-sweet singular stories continues with four more tales of woe, redemption, and unlimited toppings.Collects ICE CREAM MAN #5-8

Ice Cream Man, Vol. 2 Details

TitleIce Cream Man, Vol. 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 18th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534308763
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Horror, Dark, Fiction

Ice Cream Man, Vol. 2 Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Vultures feast on corporate executives’ innards, knife-wielding psychos in bird masks torture random strangers, a cowboy battles a demon, paramedics get high and drive around ignoring injured peeps, a clown commits suicide, and everything’s on fire - it’s the 2018 state of mind Ice Cream Man is back with a second volume: Strange Neapolitan! Annnnnd the series is still just ok. Like most anthologies, the quality varies. The opening story of nihilistic office chaos is entertaining for its unpredic Vultures feast on corporate executives’ innards, knife-wielding psychos in bird masks torture random strangers, a cowboy battles a demon, paramedics get high and drive around ignoring injured peeps, a clown commits suicide, and everything’s on fire - it’s the 2018 state of mind Ice Cream Man is back with a second volume: Strange Neapolitan! Annnnnd the series is still just ok. Like most anthologies, the quality varies. The opening story of nihilistic office chaos is entertaining for its unpredictability and goriness, but feels gratuitous. We are introduced to the cowboy character though who’s on a mission, so there’s a hint of an overarching storyline finally emerging as opposed to just aimless tales of horror. One story riffs on the ice cream theme where a man eats some Neapolitan and then lives three different lives. Another features a girl with an imaginary friend – or is she? And the final story is like the first in being unbridled, disconnected madness. I wouldn’t say any of the stories were brilliant though none of them were boring or unimaginative either. I liked the office chaos story the best followed by the paramedics’ tale, both for their over-the-top craziness. The Neapolitan story was clever but meh and the imaginary friend story was kinda dull, though we find out more about the Ice Cream Man and the cowboy so it was worth it for that. W. Maxwell Prince is slowly building his world with characters from the first book reappearing in the background here: the junkie on the park bench, the cops from the first issue, the music guy in the diner, and of course the Ice Cream Man himself. Martin Morazzo’s art remains decent and the swatch designs are amazing. On the one hand I’d like more of a cohesive narrative tying all these stories together but I also like the grab-bag approach as, if I’m not enjoying one story then I might prefer the next, and the content always remains unpredictable. Maybe the creative team will manage to find a better balance in the next one? At any rate, Ice Cream Man continues to be a decent horror anthology series with this ok second book.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY SHIT! Talk about a upgrade. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed some of volume 1 of Ice Cream Man but some of the stories didn't do much for me. This one? Goddamn, every story hit me hard. So what is Ice Cream Man? It's basically a bunch of stories broken up, and sometimes slightly connecting, but all centered around this evil entity known as Ice Cream Man. He's always in the background, or the main threat in each story. In this title we have the first story of a man jumping off a building HOLY SHIT! Talk about a upgrade. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed some of volume 1 of Ice Cream Man but some of the stories didn't do much for me. This one? Goddamn, every story hit me hard. So what is Ice Cream Man? It's basically a bunch of stories broken up, and sometimes slightly connecting, but all centered around this evil entity known as Ice Cream Man. He's always in the background, or the main threat in each story. In this title we have the first story of a man jumping off a building and as he falls he begins to question his life. The next one is about a man's life, or journey through life in three different life choices. One meeting his wife, one taking care of a dog, and the last being kidnapped and tortured. The next story is about a little girl who claims she can still see her friend, who has passed from cancer. Last but not least is a story of two EMT drivers on a night out and every horrible moment around the city with them driving. Good: Talk about hard hitting stories that catch you on an emotional level. I especially felt a strong sadness reading the story about the little girl who lost her friend. Dealing with death is never easy and by the end you see childhood coming TO a ending. It hits hard. I also thought the EMT story, despite how dark it was, showed the true nature of humanity. The last two stories are very enjoyable even if not as good as the others, but that's okay, because all 4 are engaging. I'd also like to note the artist here hits the nail on creepy tones and atmosphere. Bad: TOO SHORT!!! Overall, a EXCELLENT volume of Ice Cream Man. While volume 1 was good, with moments of greatness. This whole volume sucked me in from the start. A 5 out of 5.
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    As good as the first, maybe even better!So far the Ice cream man has done a nice job of keeping a creepy pace. Its still an anthology and you dont even really need to read the first to know whats going on. Multiple lives, real imaginary friends and creepy clowns are just a few things we take on this round. The art continues to amaze and daze. Really, my only complaint is that we havnt found out a little more about the Ice creams origins or what that cowboy wants from him. hopefully the next vol As good as the first, maybe even better!So far the Ice cream man has done a nice job of keeping a creepy pace. Its still an anthology and you dont even really need to read the first to know whats going on. Multiple lives, real imaginary friends and creepy clowns are just a few things we take on this round. The art continues to amaze and daze. Really, my only complaint is that we havnt found out a little more about the Ice creams origins or what that cowboy wants from him. hopefully the next vol will answer some questions.
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  • Anna Heidick
    January 1, 1970
    This volume felt like a step up in story quality from the first volume. It's very well done. This Ice Cream Twilight zone is starting to get interesting. The fifth issue (first in this volume) was meh, but the rest was pretty good.
  • Kazima
    January 1, 1970
    There is this scene in Sandman, in the first volume, where Doctor Dee is in a diner with a buch of people and they (along with the rest of the country/world(?)) start unravelling into madness and horror. That scene made a huge impression on me when I first read it at a young age, one of my first glimpses into horror as a genre. I was facinated by how intreaging and captivating it was, despite being so horrible. There was never any relief from the pain and awfulness, but it was so thrilling at th There is this scene in Sandman, in the first volume, where Doctor Dee is in a diner with a buch of people and they (along with the rest of the country/world(?)) start unravelling into madness and horror. That scene made a huge impression on me when I first read it at a young age, one of my first glimpses into horror as a genre. I was facinated by how intreaging and captivating it was, despite being so horrible. There was never any relief from the pain and awfulness, but it was so thrilling at the same time. This reminds me a bit of that, although elongated from a scene into a whole comic, in that these are small anicdotes of peoples lives that are just horribly wrong and magically twisted.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    While Volume 1 was clever, edgy and creepy this one just didn't do it for me. The stories were not very interesting and the ridiculous plot holes and overly convenient rescues were annoying. There's also a lot of animal death for no reason other than to be awful which I realize is one of the aims of this comic but it felt gratuitous and pointless. I give it two stars for the art and colouring but the stories get little love from me.
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  • Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the first volume of Ice Cream Man was great, but Strange Neapolitan blew me away. I was absolutely struck by the creativity, art style, and underlying horror. This volume features four separate issues, but the main issue called Strange Neapolitan is a masterpiece. I don't believe there is any dialogue, but there may be in the strawberry panel. The comic is split into three sections like a classic Neapolitan ice cream: strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. It fractures off into three sepa I thought the first volume of Ice Cream Man was great, but Strange Neapolitan blew me away. I was absolutely struck by the creativity, art style, and underlying horror. This volume features four separate issues, but the main issue called Strange Neapolitan is a masterpiece. I don't believe there is any dialogue, but there may be in the strawberry panel. The comic is split into three sections like a classic Neapolitan ice cream: strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. It fractures off into three separate scenarios of a young man's life if he made certain choices. It includes his wife, a dog, and something off kilter. It was very subtle and increasingly jarring to see each panel happen. I can't recommend this series enough and it may blow you away like it did for me. The Ice Cream Man is not what he seems and you have been warned.
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  • Norman
    January 1, 1970
    This volume feels a little more grounded than the first volume - like there’s some underlying story brewing. Of course, that isn’t to say it’s not a whacky presentation. Still short stories, vignettes about people becoming something they might otherwise not be - or maybe they’ve always been that way - and this Ice Cream Man guy is the “devil” apparently? Or does he represent the inner darkness within us all? I read all these issues multiple times, which almost never happens in comics for me. I L This volume feels a little more grounded than the first volume - like there’s some underlying story brewing. Of course, that isn’t to say it’s not a whacky presentation. Still short stories, vignettes about people becoming something they might otherwise not be - or maybe they’ve always been that way - and this Ice Cream Man guy is the “devil” apparently? Or does he represent the inner darkness within us all? I read all these issues multiple times, which almost never happens in comics for me. I LOVED #5, #6, and #8. #7 felt a bit too positive, almost like a filler just so we can see the man in the hat, but still good. #5 is the falling one, #6 is the drug addicts, and #8 is the ambulance. Just so I remember..
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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    Although I still feel like this is a pretty effective horror series, this volume definitely leans pretty heavy on the art, which keeps knocking it out of the park. The plot, though, starts to introduce serialized elements and mythology, which isn't going all that smoothly as that part of the book feels both too sparse (a page or two per issue) and way too rushed at the same time (the confrontation in issue 7 and the "twist" in issue 8 feel like particularly grievous offenders).I'd hope that volu Although I still feel like this is a pretty effective horror series, this volume definitely leans pretty heavy on the art, which keeps knocking it out of the park. The plot, though, starts to introduce serialized elements and mythology, which isn't going all that smoothly as that part of the book feels both too sparse (a page or two per issue) and way too rushed at the same time (the confrontation in issue 7 and the "twist" in issue 8 feel like particularly grievous offenders).I'd hope that volume 3 turns things around again and keeps the pace more enjoyable but, honestly, as long as the art stays pleasingly demented and the great individual issues such as #5 and #6 still pop up - I'm keen to read further.
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  • Drucilla
    January 1, 1970
    There are a couple of standout stories here, but because all of the stories (both in this volume and the previous one) take place in the same town, it's probably best to read them back to back. It's just cool to actually recognize the cameos and connections.
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