Ice Cream Man #2Title: Ice Cream Man #2
Publisher: Image
Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Martin Morazzo
Colors: Chris O’Halloran
Letters: Good Old Neon
Publication Date: February 21st, 2018

Publisher’s Summary: “RAINBOW SPRINKLES” The second installment of this syrupy series of singular stories! Here, the lives of two very different kinds of opioid abusers intersect. But at whose behest? (I think you know the answer….)

Review:

After being extremely satisfied with the debut issue of Ice Cream Man, going into my reading of this, the second singular issue in this exciting new series, my expectations were incredibly high and typically, when this happens, when I go into a reading with high expectations, one of two things happens: either I am yet again pleased and said comic finds a space permanently cemented on my pull list, or, I’m let down. While I am not terribly let down after reading Ice Cream Man #2, I wasn’t terribly satisfied either.

While both the quality of the writing and the artwork remained high, this story wasn’t as interesting as the first and didn’t have as much of an impact on me as the one found in Issue #1. The subject matter is relevant, and when I learned of the premise, I was excited to see how Prince would approach abuse. Again, the book is well written and well paced, but overall, this one just missed the mark. The book’s ending should have been satisfying, but something was missing. I was left wanting more; yes, creators typically want this type of reaction to be had by their reactions, but I was yearning for more from this issue.

I’m going to keep reading the series for at least another issue or so, but if Issue #3 isn’t better than #2, Ice Cream Man may not keep its spot on the pull list.

The Bottom Line:

Ice Cream Man #2 is a well-written and well-illustrated comic book that, despite my merely satisfactory score, is worth reading. Issue #2 simply doesn’t work as well or hit as hard as its predecessor. You can bet that I am going to read Issue #3; Ice Cream Man deserves a second shot.