Hitting the streets from Image Comics this week is the first issue in the horror anthology, Ice Cream Man. Each issue will center around a different cast of characters all dealing with different terrors. These tales all seem to have the common thread of the local ice cream man. The first issue written by W. Maxwell Prince with artwork Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran does a decent job of introducing readers to the story without shoving the concept down their throats.
This first issues see a young boy, Byron getting ice cream as his life gets turned upside down. As the tale continues, we see the ice cream man appear in many different forms throughout the writing. Candy coated references made by Maxwell are woven into the storyline, keeping the theme alive. The interior artwork is vintage style, but on many levels complements the idea of the old fashioned “ice cream man uniform” donned by the demonic candyman. The variant cover by Frazer Irving would be the one to get, as it is trippy and disturbing all at the same time.
By the end of Ice Cream Man #1, I felt like I was reading Willy Wonka meets The Howling, which would honestly be one of the most epic mashups in comics. Maxwell does an excellent job of unfolding the story, while introducing the series without being over-the top. The reader is left wondering who and what the demonic purveyor of ice cream will encounter next. Ice Cream Man #1 is on sale January 17th.