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Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles

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Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, addiction, musical fantasy...there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery.

ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all o
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Image Comics
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Donovan
The best thing I’ve read all year. A sharp, funny, surreal, surprising nightmare. Like Grant Morrison meets Hitchcock. The Ice Cream Man is this bizarre trickster demi-god going around screwing with the mind space of a small unaware town. And beautifully illustrated. I’ll leave it that.
Sam Quixote
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Satan’s taken many forms in fiction: John Milton’s tragic fallen angel; the popular cartoonish red horned dude with cloven feet; Ned Flanders in that Simpsons Halloween episode; and now… an ice cream seller?! I don’t know exactly why they made that choice, other than some kind of playful juxtaposition with the innocence of childhood, but so it goes with W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo’s pretty decent horror anthology comic, Ice Cream Man.

There are four stories here in four issues, each wit
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
This is a weird collection of short and, sometimes, horrifying short graphic stories. The first story was my favourite. I didn't particularly enjoy the other ones, but the ice cream man was still very creepy.
Jordan West
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
3.5; a pleasingly offbeat, promising debut volume that gets a lot of mileage out of its enigmatic titular character, whose actions vary from mischievousness to pure malevolence, while the ending hints at the introduction of a larger mythology that is quite intriguing.
Blanka Rota
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
*I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*


A waste of pages.
Alex Sarll
Another story hovering on the borders of anthology from the writer of One Week in the Library, and this at least avoids one of the big problems there in that, unlike that library with no readers or borrowers, the linking figure here does sell ice cream to customers. Sometimes with a little extra something included... The art has a suitably queasy, vaguely Chris Burnham thing going on, but the stories don't feel distinct enough - the first two both have someone going out to get a taste of somethi ...more
Bookishrealm
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This comic was so freaking strange!!! I really enjoyed it though. The artwork was interesting and the stories...they were crazy. If you haven’t read this definitely give it a chance. I’ll be posting my full review here once it goes live on my blog.
Dany
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had all the intention to love this, as I loved the cover, the synopsis and the general idea... but this was a mess... and didn't quite feel the horror or that the stories were that original.
Paul Decker
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

I had no idea what to expect with this graphic novel. What I got was an adult Goosebumps comic, pretty much. There are four different stories in this book. They each involve the Ice Cream Man, but in different ways. The juxtaposition of the classic ice cream truck and the gruesome deaths gives the book a modern, creepy feel.

The first story involves a boy and his pet spider. The second deals with dr
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Imogene
That was actually totally scary. It pulls out and shows the darkest parts of the characters.
I can’t wait to read more, and to figure out WHAT THE FRICK FRAK IS GOING ON.

Plus, who on earth is the man in Black?
Erin
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great little vignettes of horror.
Kelsey
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5
This one uses anthology-type storytelling to follow the (mis)deeds of a ghoulish character wreaking havoc on a small town by using their own vices against them. Intriguing premise, but not terribly cohesive. It ends with the promise of a larger picture so I'm intrigued...
Theediscerning
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Four stories from a Twilight Zone smallsville that have to feature an ice cream seller. They're fine to a certain extent – quick and interesting little genre pieces – until the last one, which isn't really up to much, beyond a quirky narrative twist, and kind of disturbs the balance of the whole book by thrusting an antagonist and an on-going arc onto things. Still, whatever is going to come certainly looks interesting on this evidence – I just wish the book could have stuck to its convictions a ...more
Erin
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not normally a 'horror' type of gal - I prefer rhinestones and glitter to blood and guts, and if I'm forced to watching a scary movie, I read the entire synopsis online before it starts, so I know exactly what to expect. With that being said, this absolute pansy LOVED Ice Cream Man Vol. 1! I don't know that I would even really classify it as horror - but then again, is "creeping dread" a genre?

As someone who pretty much exclusively buys collected editions, I can see myself adding this to a p
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Nicola Mansfield
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is an anthology series where each issue is a self-contained story with different characters. What pulls them together as a collection is that they all feature the Ice Cream Man. While one of the stories was decidedly horror as a whole I'd rather call them weird tales. The first was the best of the four contained here. After that, they decreased in interest for me and I found the entire gimmick got old fast. I'll say that each story does have a bit of a thrill to make it a decent enough way ...more
Josh
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
*Galley received from Image*

I'm struggling with how to rate this one because--while I don't know how much I "enjoyed it"--this collection of episodes is well-written and darkly fascinating. It's quite strong for a collection of loosely linked stories--all connected by the enigmatic and threatening character of the Ice Cream Man. The art works well as each bright, disturbing, curious tale unfolds. And the conclusion of vol. 1 holds its own mystery and hints at more to come. I'll give it this much
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Elise
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book reminds me of my nightmares.

Ice Cream Man is an anthology of different stories ranging from extreme loss, drug addiction, human depravity, and straight up horrifying terror. The Ice Cream Man seems to be the purveyor of suffering; his ice cream, a special flavor served up to special people, takes them to their darkest, most horrifying places.

Definitely a great pick for adult readers who like horror titles.

I received the ARC from Image Comics.
Drucilla
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really liked the art and I liked each individual story, but I felt that, as a whole, the stories were all over the place. I never really felt a connecting theme. Maybe I'm missing something. I'm still picking up the second volume, though. The last few pages promise quite an interesting continuation.
Juan
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was crazy weird. On one hand it feels like a modern day Tales from the Crypt despite not entirely being a horror series. This volume was only 4 issues but there is the mysterious character of the Ice Cream Man himself. What is he? I want to read more and get some answers. Who was the man at the very end??

Now I want some ice cream...
Simon
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A completely insane series of loosely connected stories that shift from sci-fi to horror to existential dread with each issue. While there are hints of a bigger plot, it's kind of delightful just how crazy and unexplained things are. If you've been itching for a new demented spin on Tales from the Crypt/The Twilight Zone, this is a pretty good choice.
Jesse Richards
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was just terrible. It didn't make any sense, was predictable, boring, silly, not scary, random and dropped the ball narratively. The art is good, and the last story was at least a nice character study - but even that didn't make any sense as it didn't match the rest of the stories in the book. I have no idea what the point of this book is.
Peacegal
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Whaaa..? Did I enjoy the concept? Absolutely. But the execution was so scattershot that it was hard to understand exactly what was going on a good portion of the time. This graphic novel reminded me of those various TV horror anthologies that try to be great but just end up loping along, directionless.
Fiction State Of Mind
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Coyer Summer Bash

This is a triply little volume of stories. A local ice cream man becomes a catalyst in the outcomes of several people’s lives: a desperate junkie, a one hit wonder song writer, a young boy with a deadly pet.

There seems an unworldliness about the ice cream vendor and maybe a touch of evil. This series is part of Gerad Way’s imprint Young Animal for DC comics
Susan
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this was a creepy little collection of stories. I like how the bright pastel colours contrast with the dark, dark subject matter. My favorite was the first story "Raspberry Surprise." I really don't enjoy spiders but how can you not feel some love for Rupert?
Jenn Lopez
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really weird, freaky tales. The first couple of stories were the better ones.
Irene Lazlo
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
La mezcla del tranquilo ambiente de los suburbios y el terror sobrenatural es genial.
Brad T.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
This was seriously messed up stuff
Kell
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is really uncomfortable. i like it.

being an anthology, though, some stories are better than others; that's inevitable.
Michelle Doering
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm very confused, but I'm curious to see what this is building up to.
Candace Nicole
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
this kind of horror is both surreal and also kind of my jam. It's like, a twisted Ice Cream Man-version of It.
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