Ice Cream Man, Vol. 3
Ice Cream Man continues with four more strange and sad one-shot stories.Plus: more is revealed about the mischievous Ice Cream Man and his history with the dark cowboy, Caleb.Collects ICE CREAM MAN #9-12

Ice Cream Man, Vol. 3 Details

TitleIce Cream Man, Vol. 3
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 18th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534312265
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Horror, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics, Fantasy, Weird Fiction

Ice Cream Man, Vol. 3 Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Ice Cream Pants begins its slide from a fairly mediocre series to a crappy one with Volume 3: Hopscotch Melange. None of its four stories were all that. There’s a cliched Latin soap opera-esque romance story about a couple of star-crossed lovers in 1919 Mexico where the woman is betrothed to a man she doesn’t love (and resembles the Ice Cream Man, Rick). It plays out predictably and doesn’t help that half of it is in untranslated Spanish - good luck if you can’t read it! Some guy gets trapped in Ice Cream Pants begins its slide from a fairly mediocre series to a crappy one with Volume 3: Hopscotch Melange. None of its four stories were all that. There’s a cliched Latin soap opera-esque romance story about a couple of star-crossed lovers in 1919 Mexico where the woman is betrothed to a man she doesn’t love (and resembles the Ice Cream Man, Rick). It plays out predictably and doesn’t help that half of it is in untranslated Spanish - good luck if you can’t read it! Some guy gets trapped in a series of reality shows. I didn’t get the point of it - they definitely weren’t entertaining. The space story was the worst of the bunch. Cliched as any space horror, it’s as obtuse as the opening western story and left me as cold as the vacuum of the cosmos itself. The opening western story was the only one that didn’t totally suck. It’s about the demon Rick and the man in black hunting him, Caleb. It’s odd in that we’re getting more info on these recurring characters but that it only raises more questions as to who they are and what they’re doing. Still, it was at least original and imaginative with parts of it being compelling. Martin Morazzo’s art is as consistently high quality as W. Maxwell Prince’s writing is inconsistently all over the shop. There’s not a lot of good stuff in Hopscotch Melange though and the third volume mostly misses far more than it hits.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Ice Cream Man, Volume Three, Hopscotch Melange, continues its tutorial into horror genres, this one including a western, a bilingual love story, a televised story within a series of twisted reality show stories, a space opera scratching at the eyes of the metaphysical possibility that everything in the universe may ultimately by meaningless. Yes, friends, we run the gamut from tutti frutti to existential horror: “This universe is on its last leg. The plants take root and speak to the dirt. The d Ice Cream Man, Volume Three, Hopscotch Melange, continues its tutorial into horror genres, this one including a western, a bilingual love story, a televised story within a series of twisted reality show stories, a space opera scratching at the eyes of the metaphysical possibility that everything in the universe may ultimately by meaningless. Yes, friends, we run the gamut from tutti frutti to existential horror: “This universe is on its last leg. The plants take root and speak to the dirt. The dirt in turn speaks back. And it’s saying: ‘Get Out. Quick.’”At the bleak scary center of this world you got yr Ice Cream Man (“Honey, I’ll be good to you”—Tom Waits) and his sidekick cowboy Caleb. You also have your writing by W. Maxwell Prince, your illustration by Martin Morazzo, sherbet-colored by Chris O’Halloran. The effect is kind of nauseating, a grinning carnival clown with a knife bathed in Pepto Bismol. We are in 1919 Mexico, then we are on reality tv, and then we are sometime in the future when the Earth is no longer. You want this little shop of horrors to make sense?! You want your questions answered about the identity of the Ice Cream Man? Well, keep on ‘a askin,’ pardner. The subtitle is Hopscotch Melange, so the narrative coherence you are lookin’ to find just may be jumpin’ around. But then again, in the bilingual story we have what Prince says is his favorite Octavio Paz poem:I am a man; I won’t last longAnd the night is enormous.But I look up; The stars write.Unknowing, I understandI too am written,And at this very momentSomeone spells me out.There’s a bit of wistfulness there, eh?And in the end, he leaves us this little crumb:Thanks for reading. Remember: In “lightning” there is “light.”Is he smirking here? Is this the equivalent of “it’s only a comic, honey,” just turn on the light? Is this then catharsis after the nightmare? Or just his jerkin’ our chain? Dunno. I guess that’s why you read the comics, man, to see where they go, and where the ball drops, nobody knows.
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    Continues on in it's own weird way, with a few more connections between stories and characters. We get an issue that shows some of the history of "god-men" Caleb and Riccardus and the Old Man, their uncle, who is looking after the two of them. The two show up in various forms in the other stories in this volume, including the final one, a futuristic space-ark (or A.R.C.) story. The artwork continues to be topnotch throughout, with a distinctly European, "Heavy Metal" flavor to it. I just wish th Continues on in it's own weird way, with a few more connections between stories and characters. We get an issue that shows some of the history of "god-men" Caleb and Riccardus and the Old Man, their uncle, who is looking after the two of them. The two show up in various forms in the other stories in this volume, including the final one, a futuristic space-ark (or A.R.C.) story. The artwork continues to be topnotch throughout, with a distinctly European, "Heavy Metal" flavor to it. I just wish this would all resolve a bit and make more sense. It seems like Prince sets out each issue to come up with the weirdest idea he can and they don't always make a whole lot of sense.
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  • Juan
    January 1, 1970
    I almost feel like I am in the minority of folk that are willing to easily give this series a 5 star rating. I guess to help explain myself, I am totally the type of person that enjoys an anthology series. I read one person refer to a Twilight Zone type of feel. Maybe also like Tales from the Crypt or Tales from the Dark Side. I personally enjoy how the majority of the issues thus far have all been stand alone type of tales with the reoccurring appearances of Rick and Caleb, some type of "god-me I almost feel like I am in the minority of folk that are willing to easily give this series a 5 star rating. I guess to help explain myself, I am totally the type of person that enjoys an anthology series. I read one person refer to a Twilight Zone type of feel. Maybe also like Tales from the Crypt or Tales from the Dark Side. I personally enjoy how the majority of the issues thus far have all been stand alone type of tales with the reoccurring appearances of Rick and Caleb, some type of "god-men".So the end of Volume 2 shows us a world in chaos and the death of Caleb. We have soooo many questions that, unfortunately, many do not get answered. Volume 3 begins at a time and universe long ago, giving us some background on both Rick and Caleb. The take away is that there is the basic concept of good vs evil but are left with questions as to what these two beings are and how they fit into the universe as a whole. Each subsequent issue takes us to stories occurring at vastly different times. We get to see 1919 Mexico, contemporary reality TV based times, and come to end at some point in the distant future when the Earth has become an after thought. I will admit, there is some frustration with there being so many questions that remain unanswered since most of the short stories only show Rick and Caleb as supporting characters rather then progress their personal account, but I remain hooked on the series. The last panel of Issue 12 raises even new questions. "On to the next one, Rick"
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    Steady but frustrating. I really like this series. I loved the first issue and have had a blast at almost every issue since. Each one a new adventure into madness. However, by volume 3 I was hoping for just a little more info on who the Ice Cream Man really is. The last issue seemed to have tied in to other issues finally but not by much, I still have questions. Besides that the series still feels like an anthology. And theres nothing wrong with that! The art is still great, the stories are stil Steady but frustrating. I really like this series. I loved the first issue and have had a blast at almost every issue since. Each one a new adventure into madness. However, by volume 3 I was hoping for just a little more info on who the Ice Cream Man really is. The last issue seemed to have tied in to other issues finally but not by much, I still have questions. Besides that the series still feels like an anthology. And theres nothing wrong with that! The art is still great, the stories are still mind boggling. It actually feels more like a trip into the twilight zone, but that's also why I would like it to move forward. Its strong enough to stand on its own, I just wish it would take the leap. Excited to see what comes next still!
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  • Chris Greensmith
    January 1, 1970
    ”This universe is on its last leg. The plants take root and speak to the dirt. The dirt in turn speaks back. And it’s saying: “Get Out. Quick.”” ,/b>The first part was a ‘mythology’ issue, seems like two warring agents, Caleb, the light/good one (though he wears black), and Rick the bad one. Rick tries to create chaos and Caleb tries to reign it in. That’s what we have seen them do with various people in the other issues and now we are finally getting some of their backstory, and I love it! ”This universe is on its last leg. The plants take root and speak to the dirt. The dirt in turn speaks back. And it’s saying: “Get Out. Quick.”” ,/b>The first part was a ‘mythology’ issue, seems like two warring agents, Caleb, the light/good one (though he wears black), and Rick the bad one. Rick tries to create chaos and Caleb tries to reign it in. That’s what we have seen them do with various people in the other issues and now we are finally getting some of their backstory, and I love it! The other stories were good, a brave move with the predominately Spanish issue. The reality TV one was pretty poignant with today culture. The last issue was OK, but it did make this volume end on a bit of a damp squib, I need a chronological timeline of when these things are happening, but I do get the impression that Ice Cream Man is like a benevolent evil, like Pennywise the Clown from IT...have I said this before?...3🌟
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  • Ondřej Halíř
    January 1, 1970
    Me to bavi porad, v prvnim sesite se podivame na trochu Loru ohledne Ice Cream Mana na Divokem Zapade, sesit prijemne odsypa a skvele jde ruku v ruce s dalsim sesitem ktery je ze stejneho prostredi a Ice Cream Man tentokrat vystupuje jako Guverner a tyka se to prakticky nestastne lasky. Nic originalniho ale skvela gradace spolu s tim ze polovina je ve Spanelstine (Preklad je u Bonusu) plus zase trochu Loru.Treti pribeh je ale genialni Satira na Reality Show a jak je dnesni spolecnost vnima, samo Me to bavi porad, v prvnim sesite se podivame na trochu Loru ohledne Ice Cream Mana na Divokem Zapade, sesit prijemne odsypa a skvele jde ruku v ruce s dalsim sesitem ktery je ze stejneho prostredi a Ice Cream Man tentokrat vystupuje jako Guverner a tyka se to prakticky nestastne lasky. Nic originalniho ale skvela gradace spolu s tim ze polovina je ve Spanelstine (Preklad je u Bonusu) plus zase trochu Loru.Treti pribeh je ale genialni Satira na Reality Show a jak je dnesni spolecnost vnima, samozrejme s hromadou goru, cerneho a bizarniho humoru. Posledni pribeh je Sci-Fi o tom jestli stoji za to obnovit nasi planetu nebo bude navzdy ztracena.Prince je mistr hororu, ktery s komiksem dela neskutecne kejkle a vyuziva ho na maximum. Pribehy jsou zajimave, atmosfericke, na postavach vam i pres kratky usek zalezi a je to radost. Pokud hledate Horor u ktereho se da premyslet, tak tady je.
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  • Norman
    January 1, 1970
    What I was really loving about this series is that it seemed to have no real purpose, no real sense of any grander idea than just freaky storylines presented in a cool way.This volume feels like it's trying too hard to maintain the theme of the demonic Ice Cream Man dude with his brother or something chasing after him. It's clearly still maintaining the whackiness, but it's just not nearly as compelling as the first volume or even the second one, which was a bit weaker. There was even an issue t What I was really loving about this series is that it seemed to have no real purpose, no real sense of any grander idea than just freaky storylines presented in a cool way.This volume feels like it's trying too hard to maintain the theme of the demonic Ice Cream Man dude with his brother or something chasing after him. It's clearly still maintaining the whackiness, but it's just not nearly as compelling as the first volume or even the second one, which was a bit weaker. There was even an issue that was pretty much mostly in Spanish, which was cool, but it didn't really do it for me. Hoping for better in the next one.
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  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    Prince is taking greater stylistic risks here, which I deeply admire and appreciate even when they don’t totally work (the space story, for example). But: revelations about Rick and Caleb’s past? Yes. An issue half in Spanish? Fuck yeah. (I’m imagining that there are plenty of basement-dwelling red-hat wearers who are pissed about that particular artistic choice.) I wasn’t sure I was going to come back to this run after Vol. 1 - but holy hell I’m so glad I did.
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  • Randi Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    I liked seeing the dynamic between Caleb and Rick be explored, but I would have preferred forward momentum
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. I can't wait to see what's next!
  • Hazel Potter
    January 1, 1970
    I just love them!So dark and gritty, more please!
  • Groovy
    January 1, 1970
    every story's wild and weird, but this particular volume feels a wee bit like filler compared to the last two
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    This strangely got a lot better. It's weird but it's entertaining at times.Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12Total review score: 2.69
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