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See here four more strange and sad stories of the critically lauded horror-adjacent anthology series, ICE CREAM MAN. See here a tetrad of atypical tales: a suppurating superhero satire; a lamentation of lost memory; a field guide for being a ghost; a rotten retelling of your favorite children's stories. See here some other confections, too. See here, see here! Collects ICE See here four more strange and sad stories of the critically lauded horror-adjacent anthology series, ICE CREAM MAN. See here a tetrad of atypical tales: a suppurating superhero satire; a lamentation of lost memory; a field guide for being a ghost; a rotten retelling of your favorite children's stories. See here some other confections, too. See here, see here! Collects ICE CREAM MAN #17-20


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See here four more strange and sad stories of the critically lauded horror-adjacent anthology series, ICE CREAM MAN. See here a tetrad of atypical tales: a suppurating superhero satire; a lamentation of lost memory; a field guide for being a ghost; a rotten retelling of your favorite children's stories. See here some other confections, too. See here, see here! Collects ICE See here four more strange and sad stories of the critically lauded horror-adjacent anthology series, ICE CREAM MAN. See here a tetrad of atypical tales: a suppurating superhero satire; a lamentation of lost memory; a field guide for being a ghost; a rotten retelling of your favorite children's stories. See here some other confections, too. See here, see here! Collects ICE CREAM MAN #17-20

30 review for Ice Cream Man Volume 5: Other Confections

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    "We all need stories, kids!" How long can this go on?! A sort of one-joke idea of a great longstanding summertime favorite turned to nightmare--an Ice Cream Man who is really a monster--that is a foundation for a continual spin-off of ideas for a horror comic. So we know there are insane killer clowns, but now there is anothe image of childhood innocence turned to nightmare as an ice cream man as (also forever smiling, as well) becomes a demon in various guises (and whew, I also just read The Sno "We all need stories, kids!" How long can this go on?! A sort of one-joke idea of a great longstanding summertime favorite turned to nightmare--an Ice Cream Man who is really a monster--that is a foundation for a continual spin-off of ideas for a horror comic. So we know there are insane killer clowns, but now there is anothe image of childhood innocence turned to nightmare as an ice cream man as (also forever smiling, as well) becomes a demon in various guises (and whew, I also just read The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, a thriller that reconfigures a snowman as nightmare prop for a serial killer). This volume includes four unrelated stories, each trying a different idea Prince has not tried before in the series. And if you did not know it before, Prince is way clever, an entertaining horror storyteller matched by the sweet crazy confectionary magic of Martin Morazzo's colorfully creepy illustrations. The first is okay, fun, a satire on Ice Cream Man as twisted superhero, sort of a spin-off of the Superman and Lois Lane story. In the end Prince wonders, jokingly, will this story "rescue" the series from its doldrums? I would say the answer is not quite, but it's a kinda fun opening. The next is a story of the horror of Alzheimers, of an older man losing his mind to the disease. How, after the superhero silliness, can Prince accomplish taping into true feelings that many of us have for loved ones, in the true horror of watching a mind grdaually lost, but this is successfully touching, overall. Life is a continual series of losses, over time. The third one I liked best. It's a How To, step by step, of how to be a ghost, in three stages as if written for kids, initially. In the first stage a kid wears a sheet and decides to become a ghost. Boo! Scary! He runs around, trying to become a ghost, but sees a man who is committing suicide, jumping off a bridge, landing right at his feet. He's dead, not just playing ghost, and the boy of course will never be the same. He in a sense becomes a kind of ghost, haunted himself by that death that is scarier than any pulp horror. As he grows up he gets married, gets a crappy job, and goes through the motions, losing his wife to an affair, just a ghost of a person. In the third segment, also a step-by-step story, he's an old man, moving toward death, then literally becoming that ghost, to meet up with the man who committed suicide in his youth! How does Prince do it? A terrific story. The fourth story is so, so fun, Ice Cream Man as replacement Dad reading horror revisions of children's books such as Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham to two little kids that are not at all kid stories. We all need stories and storytime, Ice Cream Man says as now driven-insane Mom floats in and out of the room. Where is Dad? Don't ask, but the kids have some realization that ICM is not really Dad. Fun stuff. So good.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars I have come to really enjoy this graphic novel series of horror short stories. Each story is so unique and, often, quite creative. Some stories are funny or satirical or even emotional. My favourite story in this collection was a step-by-step instructional guide on how to be a ghost. It started out quite silly, but ended with quite a heavy emotional gutpunch. I also enjoyed the first story, which satirized the superhero tropes. The last story was also quite funny with the absolute worst 3.5 Stars I have come to really enjoy this graphic novel series of horror short stories. Each story is so unique and, often, quite creative. Some stories are funny or satirical or even emotional. My favourite story in this collection was a step-by-step instructional guide on how to be a ghost. It started out quite silly, but ended with quite a heavy emotional gutpunch. I also enjoyed the first story, which satirized the superhero tropes. The last story was also quite funny with the absolute worst children's bedtime stories! While some stories were stronger than others, this volume is definitely worth the read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Ice Cream Man returns to its former glory with this volume. The first story ventures into a parody of a superman story but going into a very very very dark direction. This one was pretty solid, if not overly goofy at points. The next story is easily the best. A Man losing his memories due to a disease, or is it the goblin he keeps seeing in his mind? Every time he remembers the creatures takes it from him. This is a sad one but a really great one. The next is a weird story of a instructions like Ice Cream Man returns to its former glory with this volume. The first story ventures into a parody of a superman story but going into a very very very dark direction. This one was pretty solid, if not overly goofy at points. The next story is easily the best. A Man losing his memories due to a disease, or is it the goblin he keeps seeing in his mind? Every time he remembers the creatures takes it from him. This is a sad one but a really great one. The next is a weird story of a instructions like issue of a boy going through various stages of life. Pretty solid but weaker one. Last volume is another strong one of the ice cream man taking care of his "family" but the reveal is horrifying. This is easily the best volume since 2. The sadness in each volume hits hard and with the exception of the first story each gives a very real feeling to life. I think the art keeps improving and works well for this series, hopefully he always stays on. Ice cream man delivers another satisfying volume and hope it continues to do well. A 4 out of 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The only story I enjoyed was the last one. This just wasn't as good as the previous volumes, sadly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Keen

    “See the dusty box of childhood mementos on the floor. See yourself as you were, all those years ago.” I am impressed as these guys have managed to keep up the quality and originality for five issues, which isn’t as easy as many would think. There is much to enjoy in this fifth instalment, from a wonderful parody/tribute to Dr Seuss as well as a superhero satire with a sinister twist or two. Overall this is a sumptuous offering, which successively marries traditional horror tropes with some highl “See the dusty box of childhood mementos on the floor. See yourself as you were, all those years ago.” I am impressed as these guys have managed to keep up the quality and originality for five issues, which isn’t as easy as many would think. There is much to enjoy in this fifth instalment, from a wonderful parody/tribute to Dr Seuss as well as a superhero satire with a sinister twist or two. Overall this is a sumptuous offering, which successively marries traditional horror tropes with some highly refreshing angles and playful experimentation adding up to a hugely enjoyable collection, which could sit up there with the likes of work down by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman or Grant Morrison.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    A very creepy and somewhat sad continuation to the series. Very curious to know where this is going.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    "FOR KIDS. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Three fish, four fish, have some more fish. Five fish, six fish—are you sickish? Seven fish, eight fish...it’s getting late fish. Nine fish, ten fish, everyone you love will die and life is pointless so why even get out of bed you little worm you sick little insect with your sad flailing arms and creepy-crawly legs my god I’ve never seen such a pathetic specimen how sad how truly tragic...red fish, blue fish." Great, I would like more of an "FOR KIDS. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Three fish, four fish, have some more fish. Five fish, six fish—are you sickish? Seven fish, eight fish...it’s getting late fish. Nine fish, ten fish, everyone you love will die and life is pointless so why even get out of bed you little worm you sick little insect with your sad flailing arms and creepy-crawly legs my god I’ve never seen such a pathetic specimen how sad how truly tragic...red fish, blue fish." Great, I would like more of an overall arc, after 20 issues I would like the ongoing characters fleshed out more, and some more Lore added, but still enjoying, still creepy, and still thought provoking...

  8. 5 out of 5

    alyssa

    Another 5 star review from me for this series, and as my past reviews have said...this series does just keep getting better. Cape Fear: this was probably my least favourite of the collection but it’s hard to pick a least favourite 5 star story. The concept was smart and the theme of the issue seemed to continue throughout the rest of the volume! also i liked the little creature genocide story, that was fun Watch as it all Recedes: FUN and SAD! i liked the gremlin’s design and i really liked the co Another 5 star review from me for this series, and as my past reviews have said...this series does just keep getting better. Cape Fear: this was probably my least favourite of the collection but it’s hard to pick a least favourite 5 star story. The concept was smart and the theme of the issue seemed to continue throughout the rest of the volume! also i liked the little creature genocide story, that was fun Watch as it all Recedes: FUN and SAD! i liked the gremlin’s design and i really liked the conclusion of this one as well as the way the story was being told. Haunting for Beginners: Possibly my favourite of the collection, i loved how this was set up in a “step by step” format and i loved how the story unfolded. For Kids: insanely creepy (arguably the scariest/creepiest of the collection) while also being SUPER fun. the artist clearly had a good time designing the scary versions of the classic kids books that we all know and love, and the story kept up to par with the art!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #17 | #18 | #19 | #20 Total review score: 3.13 Individual issue reviews: #17 | #18 | #19 | #20 Total review score: 3.13

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikola

    Loving the experimentation of the format (especially the "How to be a true-blue apparition" issue 19), even though the message is kind of one-note.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liv

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ICM #5 continues with more stories of the demented Ice Cream Man entity with his too-sharp smile, warped sense of humour and tendency towards murderous games. It starts with a properly subverted version of Superman. While ICM as Superman is already fucked up, it does have a parallel to its inspiration and does make one wonder, just how selfless can one view Supe? If he's more powerful than the strongest human why does he spend so much time in the newsroom instead of saving lives? How are a pair ICM #5 continues with more stories of the demented Ice Cream Man entity with his too-sharp smile, warped sense of humour and tendency towards murderous games. It starts with a properly subverted version of Superman. While ICM as Superman is already fucked up, it does have a parallel to its inspiration and does make one wonder, just how selfless can one view Supe? If he's more powerful than the strongest human why does he spend so much time in the newsroom instead of saving lives? How are a pair of glasses and a change of clothes enough of a disguise? The second story is a bittersweet reflection on mortality and memory. The main character has sweet and sad memories that slowly fade as his dementia progresses. Finally, with his kids nearby he is able to let go. Next we get a guide to being a ghost, which is a bit sad but ultimately pretty sweet. Finally we get more subversion with the ICM reading entirely twisted versions of classic kids' books to children. The ICM versions include a few visual references to older ICM issues. The overarching story was mediocre. I find the trope of getting dragged for to a "home for the mad" quite tired. I will say though that I laughed out loud at how well the artist committed to parodying Dr. Seuss. Overall a fun read if you're into horror.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

    The horror anthology series Ice Cream Man continues in volume 5. The team continues to try to apply innovative formats to the one-shot stories, but the first 3 issues of this volume fell a bit short of the previous series' standard to me. Ice Cream Man himself is almost entirely absent until the final story. The stories here are more unnerving than horrifying and I felt the formatting surprises didn't make up for the weaker stories. The final issue contained in this volume is more up to the trad The horror anthology series Ice Cream Man continues in volume 5. The team continues to try to apply innovative formats to the one-shot stories, but the first 3 issues of this volume fell a bit short of the previous series' standard to me. Ice Cream Man himself is almost entirely absent until the final story. The stories here are more unnerving than horrifying and I felt the formatting surprises didn't make up for the weaker stories. The final issue contained in this volume is more up to the traditional Ice Cream Man quality. The take on Ice Cream Man through famous children's books is the kind of thing that's endeared me to the series to this point. I'm looking forward to volume 6 hopefully getting the series back on track.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    Threads of the overarching story (if there is one...) are starting to come back. But more than that, this volume is perhaps the most innovative and inventive so far, containing a Detective Comics riff, a bunch of children's book horror-spoofs, an exceptional capturing of dementia, and a handbook on being a ghost your whole life. All of them are form-breaking, all of them are perfect capsule stories that you can still read one after another... ICM is sad, it is heavy, it is scary, it is genius. I' Threads of the overarching story (if there is one...) are starting to come back. But more than that, this volume is perhaps the most innovative and inventive so far, containing a Detective Comics riff, a bunch of children's book horror-spoofs, an exceptional capturing of dementia, and a handbook on being a ghost your whole life. All of them are form-breaking, all of them are perfect capsule stories that you can still read one after another... ICM is sad, it is heavy, it is scary, it is genius. I'm glad that comics like this exist.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine Hernandez-g

    "Now you're ready to watch the sad show. Take note of how forlorn people are. See the woman crying to herself on the cellar stairs. Witness the man apart from his family. Know this: people are suffering, everywhere and in every way. The living are no more alive than you are. (You are a ghost you are a ghost you are a ghost.)" I love how this series is always sad and creepy at the same time! My favorite from this collection was "How to be a true-blue apparition". I'm looking forward to the next vo "Now you're ready to watch the sad show. Take note of how forlorn people are. See the woman crying to herself on the cellar stairs. Witness the man apart from his family. Know this: people are suffering, everywhere and in every way. The living are no more alive than you are. (You are a ghost you are a ghost you are a ghost.)" I love how this series is always sad and creepy at the same time! My favorite from this collection was "How to be a true-blue apparition". I'm looking forward to the next volumes (if there are some) even though this volume was a bit disappointing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anatole Jolly

    This one had strangely comforting stories (though still creepy, as always), about death, and crossing over and what is beyond. I'm not used to slow paced stories assembled as individual smaller stories, and after five volumes, I can say that it does work for me ! Not a huge fan of horror too (and I can't remember why I picked the first volume in the first place since I really don't read horror at all usually ? Anyway ...) but I love this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jayme Evans

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plot thickens like gelato with Ice Cream Man Vol. 5! More creepy tales and the feeling of being watched with this one. So over the first four volumes there's been a build up of insects throughout. Well, is there anything scarier than a large quantity of bugs? Yes there is: a sudden lack of bugs. There's still few, but you can count how many there are. Which (in my opinion) makes this volume more disturbing. Prepare for one heck of an ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Drucilla

    If you're not really a fan of horror, you should still read this volume for the chapter "Watch as it all recedes". I'd argue that, while you could call this "quiet" horror, it's almost more of a character study of someone who's suffering from something such as Alzheimer's or dementia and is on their death bed. The other stories are fine (and they're all amazingly different in terms of visual themes), but this one stuck with me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    CJ Juntunen

    This volume was again just an anthology without adding to the overarching series plot. The stories were good, but I’ve come to expect pure horror from these and was thrown off to find a couple of them were actually just existential and uplifting?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jay Dial

    This series is up and down, loved the 4th volume but this is another down for me. The stories aren’t bad but non of them blew me away like the 4th volume did. Still worth reading if you enjoy the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Devon Munn

    Ok i accidentally read the last issue of this volume yesterday so i decried to read all the other issues. Pretty decent series and some of the issues are very inventive (especially the apparition issue in this volume)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vince

    Tomorrow's just too late.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    I really love this series. Existential horror with art and recurring themes and little references to previous issues. It doesn't need to end?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    stop reading this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric Edwards

    Just so weird. The art is pretty amazing in this one, even riffing on some dr. Seuss style.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Germann-Mc Clain

    Best volume yet!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zachariah

    4.5 It has returned. Four great stories told in four unique ways. The highlight of my week.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Vahue

    This book came out this month and I was so delighted to see that Hoopla had it digitally available on release day! This is one of my favorite comic series from the art, strange vignettes, and the eerie feeling on every page. This had to be one of my favorite volumes. I wasn't that attached to the first story with Superman vibes, but the second story featured a small goblin that crept through the pages. You could see it moving panel to panel and vaguely in the background until he got his own extr This book came out this month and I was so delighted to see that Hoopla had it digitally available on release day! This is one of my favorite comic series from the art, strange vignettes, and the eerie feeling on every page. This had to be one of my favorite volumes. I wasn't that attached to the first story with Superman vibes, but the second story featured a small goblin that crept through the pages. You could see it moving panel to panel and vaguely in the background until he got his own extreme close-up. I wasn't focused on the story but I kept waiting for the goblin to pop up in the background. My favorite was the last story where childhood books were reimagined with the creepy Ice Cream Man twist. Books like Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, and Green Eggs and Ham all got makeovers to give you the shivers. I really enjoyed this and I have to patiently wait until the next volume in 2021.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This volume was enjoyable but I feel like it wasn’t as strong as past volumes. I did like “Watch as it all Recedes,” because it reached me on a personal level, but it also just made me sad. (view spoiler)[ Chapter 17: Cape Fear – A bizarre story where a suspicious journalist encounters superhero Ice Cream Man and searches for whatever is giving her that bad feeling about him. Chapter 18: Watch as it all Recedes – An elderly man experiencing memory loss watches all his memories fade away as though This volume was enjoyable but I feel like it wasn’t as strong as past volumes. I did like “Watch as it all Recedes,” because it reached me on a personal level, but it also just made me sad. (view spoiler)[ Chapter 17: Cape Fear – A bizarre story where a suspicious journalist encounters superhero Ice Cream Man and searches for whatever is giving her that bad feeling about him. Chapter 18: Watch as it all Recedes – An elderly man experiencing memory loss watches all his memories fade away as though they are being devoured by an imp-like creature. His adult children visit him in the hospital. This one was more sad than anything else. It reminded me of my dad, who passed away a few years ago from a brain tumor. It was kind of depressing/eerie because he likely went through something similar (though probably—hopefully—without the imp). Chapter 19: Haunting for Beginners – A man’s life from child to adult told as a step-by-step guide. Also sad. As a child, he witnesses a suicide, then as an adult he contemplates suicide. Chapter 20: For Kids – The Ice Cream man insinuates himself into a family and tells the children twisted versions of children’s stories. References to Dr Seuss and the Giving Tree. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Reckert001

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matt

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