Book Title: Ice Cream Man #25
Book Description: Ice Cream Man #25 gives the reader a first person perspective of what it’s like being aboard an airliner that is going down, with a twist that only Mr. Price could come up with.
A passenger named Harold seems to be the only person that’s aware of how grave the situation is. While he’s looking for a parachute the other passengers are knitting and playing on their iPads like nothing is amiss.
During the plane’s descent we see a myriad of different events from one life ending, to a life beginning, to people expanding their minds with the help of illegal controlled substances.
Throughout it all the pilots seem to have no sense of urgency with regards to their impending doom. Instead they’re having discussions about the death of a fellow pilot, the afterlife, and their love for one another. Right up to when the plane impacts with the ground.
When crews retrieve the black box we learn that the pilots were actually arguing with one another the entire time.
Book Author: W. Maxwell Price
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics
Illustrator: Martin Morazzo
The stories in Ice Cream Man have always been a little strange. Sometimes the story is a good kind of strange. Other times it’s the kind of strange that leaves the reader thinking, “that’s a bit messed up”.
To me this issue fell into the latter category. It was neat to revisit some of the stories from previous books, but that’s about where it ended for me.
The cover artwork on this issue is very intriguing. Seeing what appeared to be a creature with several rows of teeth I was expecting something far different than a story about a plane crash. That can happen with variant covers though.
There was a subplot about a group traveling across the border from Mexico into Texas. In the balloons the characters were speaking Spanish, which is completely understandable considering that is their native language. An editor’s note with translations would have been helpful for those readers who aren’t familiar with the language.
As a geek on a budget I would recommend passing on this particular issue. The cover says it’s an oversized issue. As the guy that dropped $5.00 on it I’m of the opinion the only thing oversized was the price.
Of course with Ice Cream Man stories are very hit and miss. Next month means a new issue with a new story and cast of characters so I already have it on my pull list and am eager to see if I am getting “good strange” next time.
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