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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


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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

30 review for Ice Cream Man, Vol. 3: Hopscotch Melange

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Not sure why this volume was part of Hoopla's free borrows instead of volume 1, but whatever. I was on the fence about reading this stuff, so I figured if this one piqued my interest I'd go back and read the 1st one. Anyway. Yeah. Ok, this was weird, but especially considering that I started with vol. 3, Hopscotch Melange wasn't too bad. I guess the stories are loosely connected by these two dudes who show up over and over all across time and space playing out this odd little dance of death with e Not sure why this volume was part of Hoopla's free borrows instead of volume 1, but whatever. I was on the fence about reading this stuff, so I figured if this one piqued my interest I'd go back and read the 1st one. Anyway. Yeah. Ok, this was weird, but especially considering that I started with vol. 3, Hopscotch Melange wasn't too bad. I guess the stories are loosely connected by these two dudes who show up over and over all across time and space playing out this odd little dance of death with each other. I did think it was kind of pretentious that a good chunk of the 1st part of the 2nd story was in Spanish. It said there was a 'cheat sheet' you could look up in the back, but that's just not something that I would ever take the time to do for a story I'm not terribly invested in. I've done that before for other comics and I've always regretted it because it seems as though authors get a kick out of making readers translate the most mundane, useless shit they can think to write. If this was the final issue of Saga, I'd spend an hour translating every word. <--this isn't Saga. Besides, I had just enough Spanish under my belt to get the gist if not the nuances. Alright. Other than that, this was ok. Obviously, I must have missed out on the part where the evil guy was an actual ice cream man in the earlier volumes, because there was nothing but sort of nods to that with little musical notes and whatnot in this one. I may go back for the other stuff when I'm looking for something horror-y around Halloween.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    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 long And the night is enormous. But I look up; The stars write. Unknowing, I understand I too am written, And at this very moment Someone 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.0 Stars As a collection of horror short stories, I have been quite mixed on my feelings towards this graphic novel series. Some of the stories have been amazing… and some have not. In this collection, I only really liked one of the stories and found the other ones to be bland. I absolutely loved one that turned classic reality tv shows (cooking shows, dating shows, etc) into horror stories. I was most frustrated by the second story because it required so much Spanish translation that I could no 3.0 Stars As a collection of horror short stories, I have been quite mixed on my feelings towards this graphic novel series. Some of the stories have been amazing… and some have not. In this collection, I only really liked one of the stories and found the other ones to be bland. I absolutely loved one that turned classic reality tv shows (cooking shows, dating shows, etc) into horror stories. I was most frustrated by the second story because it required so much Spanish translation that I could not actually enjoy the story. I appreciate the diversity of it, but it made it impossible to get immersed as an English speaker.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Newly Wardell

    I hate reality tv and they get it. Its still disturbingly good. There is nothing else like it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Ahhhhhh damn, after an amazing second volume, I was really excited for this. This is again 4 different stories that do not connect completely, just a bit. With the first story being of the past and we find out a bit of history between the ice cream man and the cowboy hunting him. Next up are two stories that really are super depressing, including one about a man stuck through a TV program. Last, and probably my favorite story, is a man going into space, landing on a planet, and guess who is ther Ahhhhhh damn, after an amazing second volume, I was really excited for this. This is again 4 different stories that do not connect completely, just a bit. With the first story being of the past and we find out a bit of history between the ice cream man and the cowboy hunting him. Next up are two stories that really are super depressing, including one about a man stuck through a TV program. Last, and probably my favorite story, is a man going into space, landing on a planet, and guess who is there? The motherfucking ice cream man. The first and last story are the strongest. I think they capture the feel of the ice cream man series and give plenty of great story beats. I love the art too still. The middle issues are decent but nothing very memorable. Overall a good volume but not great like the last. 3 out of 5.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    2.5 stars The art is still cool for the most part. The stories, however? A big swing and a miss for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    15/7/19 It amazes me how this comic manages to keep the same tone in every issue, yet at the same time give such a unique and refreshing spin to it! I am thoroughly astounded and I love how the relation between Riccardo and Caleb was more pronounced here - I like how these characters serve as the connective tissue between the issues and I can't wait to see how their story will progress in the future :) 11/7/19 I bought this the other day online, since I'm a fan of this comic series!! :D You can find 15/7/19 It amazes me how this comic manages to keep the same tone in every issue, yet at the same time give such a unique and refreshing spin to it! I am thoroughly astounded and I love how the relation between Riccardo and Caleb was more pronounced here - I like how these characters serve as the connective tissue between the issues and I can't wait to see how their story will progress in the future :) 11/7/19 I bought this the other day online, since I'm a fan of this comic series!! :D You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

  9. 4 out of 5

    Keen

    We get treated to another dose of lovely art work, all rich colours and clever drawing, but there is one major problem in here and that concerns Border Story, and the terrible decision to write it half in Spanish, with the author’s recommendation of using an online translation service or consult the end section, where you have to keep flicking back and forth to get the dialogue etc. Needless to say this moronic gimmick made for awful reading and I have no idea why the creator would think this a We get treated to another dose of lovely art work, all rich colours and clever drawing, but there is one major problem in here and that concerns Border Story, and the terrible decision to write it half in Spanish, with the author’s recommendation of using an online translation service or consult the end section, where you have to keep flicking back and forth to get the dialogue etc. Needless to say this moronic gimmick made for awful reading and I have no idea why the creator would think this a smart move?... “You sit and laugh and call us names, but guess what: You’re still watching. Nineteen seasons and you still can’t look away.” But then with the very next story we get an almost stroke of genius in TV Story, which was really well done and a marvellous dig at reality TV and smart phones. “The flesh fades, but their little gizmos whir on, beeping endlessly into the void…”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dávid Novotný

    Another four stories, some background about Ice Cream Man, still to little to be able to see bigger picture and some sense (if there is one). Feels more like random critics of various problems of human kind. Reality show story was great. Hope next volume will finally bring some answers

  11. 5 out of 5

    Norman

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    (view spoiler)[ Summary for my reference: This volume focuses on Caleb (good) and Rick (evil) and their eternal battle across universes. Western Story (Chapter 9) - Sort of an origin story looks like, with Caleb battling monsters that Rick creates and sets loose on the world. They share an uncle who appears to be some kind of eternal being or keeper of knowledge or something. Rick ends up killing him, and they set off to another universe. Border Story (Chapter 10) - An American cowboy falls in lov (view spoiler)[ Summary for my reference: This volume focuses on Caleb (good) and Rick (evil) and their eternal battle across universes. Western Story (Chapter 9) - Sort of an origin story looks like, with Caleb battling monsters that Rick creates and sets loose on the world. They share an uncle who appears to be some kind of eternal being or keeper of knowledge or something. Rick ends up killing him, and they set off to another universe. Border Story (Chapter 10) - An American cowboy falls in love with a Mexican woman who is slave-wife to a general (a Rick incarnation or at least influenced by him). On the night he comes to rescue his love, the cowboy is killed by the general. The woman escapes and ends up at the cowboy's friend Caleb's house. TV Story (Chapter 11) - Not relevant to the other stories in this novel, but the most fun. A man is thrust through different violent versions of US tv shows. Despite his best efforts, he does die in the end. Horrific but hilarious. Space Story (Chapter 12) - A man is the last survivor of earth, which was destroyed. He's trying to recreate it or something using pictures/data. He follows a signal to a planet that is inhabited by Rick, who has been luring astronauts/space explorers in and killing them. The man tries to escape but is killed by Rick (Caleb makes a brief appearance, presumably trying to warn the man before he finds Rick's lair), who takes the ship to travel to another universe. Rick and Caleb seem to be immortal/eternal beings engaged forever in a chase, Rick causing chaos and Caleb trying to clean up his messes/thwart his sadistic plans. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    alyssa

    4.5/5 All in all this has been my favourite in the series so far, i love getting some good background. The art depicting the villain and the Gods were phenomenal, i adore the art in these books. Western Story: Loved it, loved the art, loved the background. I can’t wait to see more of Caleb. Content warning for animal abuse/death Border Story: i ADORED how this story was written partially in spanish to keep it realistic to the setting. TV Story: I ADORED this “chapter”. the transitions were super co 4.5/5 All in all this has been my favourite in the series so far, i love getting some good background. The art depicting the villain and the Gods were phenomenal, i adore the art in these books. Western Story: Loved it, loved the art, loved the background. I can’t wait to see more of Caleb. Content warning for animal abuse/death Border Story: i ADORED how this story was written partially in spanish to keep it realistic to the setting. TV Story: I ADORED this “chapter”. the transitions were super cool and it was creepy while staying fun. i feel like this issue perfectly encapsulates what people like about this series honestly. Space Story: In my opinion this was the weakest issue, but that could just be because i’m not a big space lover. I still really enjoyed it, however, especially the b0b parts, he’s neat.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    As strange, inventive, and disturbing as ever, Vol. 4 delivers one of the best single issues I've seen so far in this series while also providing significantly more insight into the Ice Cream Man, the dark cowboy, and their supernatural struggle against each other--with so many innocents caught in the crossfire. As strange, inventive, and disturbing as ever, Vol. 4 delivers one of the best single issues I've seen so far in this series while also providing significantly more insight into the Ice Cream Man, the dark cowboy, and their supernatural struggle against each other--with so many innocents caught in the crossfire.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    The foreground vignettes begin here to assume a secondary level of importance to the larger background story; or has that always been true? Still disorientingly pretty, sad, horrifying and true, this series has legs - often thousands of them, skittering away in darkness.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I think each volume is more disturbing than the last! Really enjoyed this but was quite creeped out at points! I'm glad that we got more background on the Ice Cream Man. Can't wait to read the next one. I think each volume is more disturbing than the last! Really enjoyed this but was quite creeped out at points! I'm glad that we got more background on the Ice Cream Man. Can't wait to read the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    RG

    I guess with this anthology series there will be ups and downs. I like the first issue and the last one but the others were a bit weird and meh. Im hoping theres a pay off down the track for this series

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kin

    One of those stories was great

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Vera

    Different and enticing stories for serial killer readers like myself. Good but not memorable for me yet. I hope his cousin kicks his ASS!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Okay, okay. I hated the first volume of this and yet I kept reading. I loved this one! It was great. It reminds me of Creep Show.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danni The Girl

    This volume was ok. This one is looking at more of the connection with the Ice Cream man and the Cowboy, which I did find intriguing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juan

    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"

  24. 4 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    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!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This strangely got a lot better. It's weird but it's entertaining at times. Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 Total review score: 2.69 This strangely got a lot better. It's weird but it's entertaining at times. Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 Total review score: 2.69

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This installment was pretty dull compared to the first two. It's a bit more like backstory, but it's not really a backstory I felt like I needed? The third issue (Chapter 11) was the best in my opinion: it kept the wacky dream-scape horror with witty black humor at the forefront. This installment was pretty dull compared to the first two. It's a bit more like backstory, but it's not really a backstory I felt like I needed? The third issue (Chapter 11) was the best in my opinion: it kept the wacky dream-scape horror with witty black humor at the forefront.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Sanchez

    This is like a fever dream, or perhaps like flipping through television channels as each episode ends—so, a typical anthology. It features worlds where the rules and expectations of reality are different from the suburban setting of the previous volumes. The first feature is a standard western with alternate planet vibes and magic. Not much happens overall, but the characters get a chance to make an impact through dialogue and action and some shocking twists. The second feature is a standard “star This is like a fever dream, or perhaps like flipping through television channels as each episode ends—so, a typical anthology. It features worlds where the rules and expectations of reality are different from the suburban setting of the previous volumes. The first feature is a standard western with alternate planet vibes and magic. Not much happens overall, but the characters get a chance to make an impact through dialogue and action and some shocking twists. The second feature is a standard “star-crossed lovers” scenario made difficult for English speakers to understand since half of it is in Spanish, but good on the author for making the reader work to understand a different culture on their own ground. This chapter has some significant things to say about the nature of love and the consequences of it, but not necessarily something that is unique to this particular story out of thousands. It felt like a decent take on the doomed romance genre, and it develops its scenes with enough detail not to feel sparse and yet quickly enough to not feel slow. The third feature is the wildest and my personal favorite: it is a living nightmare of being trapped in a reality tv show. It is hilarious and simultaneously gruesome and existential. The main guy gets pushed around parodies of reality tv shows in a manic tug of war. I have a certain fear of how invasive this society that I live in is, and this issue features a bombastic lampoon of such fears. I feel better not being this hopeless guy pushed around mindlessly for the satisfaction of the unseen audience. The fourth feature is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic exploration. This is not all that philosophical like most sci-fi, but it does allow the reader the opportunity to get inside the head of the last survivor of a bygone era. No brands or pop culture references, just a man missing his family. This issue features an experimental way of creating the story: narrative boxes prefixed with organizational data. It acts like a summary of how the guy is composing his thoughts and expressions. I’m not all that interested because it seems kind of arbitrary, and it makes the story seem a little more robotic. This book, Ice Cream Man Volume 3 by W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo, overall was not as strong as some of the previous ones, but it still has strong pacing and emotional anchors that hooked my attention.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Volume 3 of this disturbing story finally gets a bit more into the backstories of the two opposing forces, and then continues right along with the insanity that makes this comic so good. Highlights: - "Western Story" highlights the story of Rick (our creepy Ice Cream Man) and his cousin Caleb (the cowboy we usually see opposing him. They both go to see "Old Man", who tells them they need to move on to a new area, as they are causing too much chaos in the same place. Rick's response? Kill "Old Man Volume 3 of this disturbing story finally gets a bit more into the backstories of the two opposing forces, and then continues right along with the insanity that makes this comic so good. Highlights: - "Western Story" highlights the story of Rick (our creepy Ice Cream Man) and his cousin Caleb (the cowboy we usually see opposing him. They both go to see "Old Man", who tells them they need to move on to a new area, as they are causing too much chaos in the same place. Rick's response? Kill "Old Man" , and do whatever he wants. - "Border Story" is very odd, in that the majority of the issue is written in Spanish. The translation (for those of us that don't speak it) is at the back of the book, which makes for an odd experience of reading. The story deals with some star-crossed lovers who find out the hard way that you don't stop "The General" (ICM in disguise) from getting what he wants. - "TV Story" is crazy (and stomach turning at times)! Telling the story of a man who seems to be trapped switching back of forth as he lives through demented reality TV Shows. Examples: Mannequin House, Family Autopsy, Chop'd, America's Got Intestines, Wealthy Family of Zombies, and Missing Parsons (Warning again.... this one is gross.) - "Space Story" has the battle between Rick and Caleb taking place on a moon that is covered in many dangerous stellar spider beings. When an astronaut lands there, will their battle lead to more death and destruction? This series is exactly what I've been looking for as far as horror fiction goes recently. I have a feeling that horror novels are very soon going to be read. Strong recommend on the whole series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    ”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! T ”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🌟

  30. 5 out of 5

    noemi [dogeatsreads]

    This was definitely my least favourite volume of Ice Cream Man so far but still an absolute gem! While this series still very much sticks to an anthology style the overarching story is certainly becoming more present, with 50% of this volume dedicating itself to elaborating on the nature of who the Ice Cream Man is and where he came from. One thing I forgot to mention in my volume 2 review that I loved and is also present here, is that the issues intersect each other in the form of Easter eggs b This was definitely my least favourite volume of Ice Cream Man so far but still an absolute gem! While this series still very much sticks to an anthology style the overarching story is certainly becoming more present, with 50% of this volume dedicating itself to elaborating on the nature of who the Ice Cream Man is and where he came from. One thing I forgot to mention in my volume 2 review that I loved and is also present here, is that the issues intersect each other in the form of Easter eggs being hidden in amongst them. Themes of loss, futility. loneliness and existentialism are also ever present in this series. If you are sleeping on this series What Are You Doing??

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