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The critically acclaimed horror anthology drives back into town, offering four new stories that zoom in on folks who are just barely scraping by--and willing to do anything to change that. Collects ICE CREAM MAN #13-16


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The critically acclaimed horror anthology drives back into town, offering four new stories that zoom in on folks who are just barely scraping by--and willing to do anything to change that. Collects ICE CREAM MAN #13-16

1 review for Ice Cream Man, Vol. 4: Tiny Lives

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    Ice Cream Man, Volume 4: Tiny Lives continues Maxwell’s horror comics run that is washed in pastels and ice cream and sprinkles. It’s in part nostalgia for a sweet happy American time that never was, like David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (or most suburban nightmare books and movies), that fine-trimmed lawn with evil worms just below the surface. This collection once again features Maxwell trying to do something different every time to scare you or creep you out, this time with four stories, one of them Ice Cream Man, Volume 4: Tiny Lives continues Maxwell’s horror comics run that is washed in pastels and ice cream and sprinkles. It’s in part nostalgia for a sweet happy American time that never was, like David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (or most suburban nightmare books and movies), that fine-trimmed lawn with evil worms just below the surface. This collection once again features Maxwell trying to do something different every time to scare you or creep you out, this time with four stories, one of them Live Evil, yes, a story palindrome that can be read backwards or forwards exactly the same, {that’s like a definition of palindrome, I know) featuring 17 actual palindromes that actually fit into the story, such as “Dennis sinned” or “bird rib.” A second story deals with a man lost in his life and language, obsessed with crossword puzzles. The third is about a mad family, and schizophrenic logic. Madness is a trued friend of horror, going back through Lovecraft to Poe. The fourth is a father-daughter story where the Dad reads her dairy and finds it is not just about her having sex, but also killing the boys she disdains. So the point is horror play. I keep getting the feel of Ray Bradbury’s small town America with a serial killer, or the invention of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. Or even Hitchcock, who makes you smile before he scares you. They don’t hide the fact that this is entertainment and some commentary about lost innocence and actual evil lurking under the surface of our happy lives.I’ll keep reading. The invention is great fun. flag 28 likes · Like  · see review Dec 21, 2019 James DeSantis rated it liked it Ice Cream Man is still going strong with its 4th volume. This is again, 4 different stories, with very loose connections. From a story about life being a circle, to crossword puzzles, to the raising of a child and loving them unconditionally. This series tends to fall into the depressing area, and these stories are no different. With the Ice Cream Man being in the background in most of these stories we focus on each unique tale. The first three issues are good. Not great but solid enough. I Ice Cream Man is still going strong with its 4th volume. This is again, 4 different stories, with very loose connections. From a story about life being a circle, to crossword puzzles, to the raising of a child and loving them unconditionally. This series tends to fall into the depressing area, and these stories are no different. With the Ice Cream Man being in the background in most of these stories we focus on each unique tale. The first three issues are good. Not great but solid enough. I enjoyed the crossword one the most out of those three. But the 4th story is easily the best story. It's about a father loving his daughter despite her growing up. At first he thinks it's all about her sex life but what it is really about is far far worse. Creepy and sad all in one. Overall a really solid volume. Not as good as 2 still but as good as 1 and 3. A 3.5 out of 5. flag 9 likes · Like  · see review View 2 comments Jan 24, 2020 Valéria. rated it really liked it Shelves: comics Neviem aký majú problém všetci s tým, že sú viacmenej oddelené hororové príbehy než niečo ucelené. Mne sa to tak vcelku páči, každé volume dostať štyri zaujímavé príbehy, jeden divnejší ako druhý. Síce musím uznať, že po predchádzajúcich zväzkoch je tento slabší, ale prvý a tretí zošit boli super a zvyšok tiež nebol na zahodenie (aj keď finále som čakala iné). flag 4 likes · Like  · see review Nov 22, 2019 Dávid Novotný rated it liked it Kind of a let dow after two pretty good volumes. Author should start work on some world building soon, as 16 issues of random creepy/horror stories with fluctuating quality and without proper connection to tight them together is kind of a lot. flag 4 likes · Like  · see review View all 4 comments Nov 25, 2019 Chris Greensmith rated it really liked it Shelves: ice-cream-man "That's another insidious thing about words, right?You finally start to feel like you've got the right ones...And then suddenly...you don't.The board clears and the grid is empty; the puzzle begins a new.Good luck trying to figure it a ll out"As good and creepy as ever. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Feb 06, 2020 Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: 2020-read, graphic-novels A neat volume, but not as good as some the previous ones. The first comic is a palindrome and contains several phrases that are also palindromes – I thought this was pretty cool! The stories in this volume seemed sentimental to me and explore issues like parenthood, grief, and fear of losing your mind. Summary for reference: (view spoiler)[Chapter 13 – A palindrome, where a man who is grieving his lover’s death finds an open manhole near a familiar ice cream truck and ventures inside, presumably A neat volume, but not as good as some the previous ones. The first comic is a palindrome and contains several phrases that are also palindromes – I thought this was pretty cool! The stories in this volume seemed sentimental to me and explore issues like parenthood, grief, and fear of losing your mind. Summary for reference: (view spoiler)[Chapter 13 – A palindrome, where a man who is grieving his lover’s death finds an open manhole near a familiar ice cream truck and ventures inside, presumably visiting the underworld. Chapter 14 – A story about a broken married couple who grew distant and stopped trying when their child died during birth. The wife hallucinates some young men trying to kill her while the husband is forced to confront his feelings and actions as he completes a crossword puzzle. I thought this was going to be a shitty story where the woman dies because she’s a ‘nag,’ but I was surprised when the husband decides he’s not going to just hide in himself anymore and wants to make an effort in their marriage. A rare happy ending. Presumably, the wife would have died had the husband decided to remain in his bitterness. Chapter 15 – A woman with a strong personality is given the wrong coat at a coat check by our lead villain and takes it with her. As soon as she wears it, she starts seeing strange things, and eventually loses her mind and ends up in an asylum; people assume she came under the same mental affliction as her mother. A pretty sad story that touches on the fear of losing your mind when your parent has, of becoming like them.Chapter 16 – A single father struggles to deal with his daughter growing up. He reads her diary and becomes fearful when he thinks she is becoming very sexually active, but he eventually discovers that she is killing boys, not sleeping with them. He follows her one night and interrupts a murder; the intended victim calls the police, and to save his daughter from going to prison, he murders the boy and takes the blame for all the deaths. Kind of an exploration on the nature of parenthood and trying to figure out what you can do to help and what you can’t help. Kind of sweet, but mostly just sad. (hide spoiler)] flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jan 02, 2020 Kelsey rated it really liked it Shelves: 2020, comics-graphic-novels At least as good as Vol 1, not quite as good as Vol 2, but definitely better than Vol 3 and a "return to form" for the series. As a whole, this collection had the least amount of cohesion and seemed to have little to do with the Ice Cream Man at all (except as a very background driving force) and seemed to rely on our familiarity with him as a villain. Issues 13 & 14: 5/5Issue 15: 3/5Issue 16: 4/5 flag 1 like · Like  · see review Feb 07, 2020 Drew rated it liked it The Palindromes piece is an impressive one, but the other three installments of this volume were a little below-par. Aspects of each were definitely interesting -- but this whole installment really felt like it was biding time for something. Whither the larger narrative? Whence the actual Ice Cream? flag 1 like · Like  · see review Feb 10, 2020 Brenna Sydel rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novel Go hang a salami, i'm a lasagna hog! flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jan 01, 2020 Brianne Hofmann rated it it was amazing That ending, tho... flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jun 03, 2019 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: graphic-novels, image, horror, science-fiction Individual issue reviews: #13 | #14 | #15 | #16Current review score: 3.13 flag 1 like · Like  · see review Dec 23, 2019 Madeleine Hernandez-g rated it liked it Shelves: comic-books-graphic-novels, hoopla "That's the thing about words, right? It can be hard to summon the right ones. As we spin inside massive swirls of context and meaning and perspective... To find the perfect word is like solving an impossible riddle."This series is so unique!! It has a really sad tone to it and some of the situations the characters find themselves in are relatable. I love the art and the writing, but like the other volumes, this one is too short. Each issue is barely connected to the others. I feel like each "That's the thing about words, right? It can be hard to summon the right ones. As we spin inside massive swirls of context and meaning and perspective... To find the perfect word is like solving an impossible riddle."This series is so unique!! It has a really sad tone to it and some of the situations the characters find themselves in are relatable. I love the art and the writing, but like the other volumes, this one is too short. Each issue is barely connected to the others. I feel like each story here is a "skeleton" because they have good ideas, but they never fully develop. My favorite story was "Tiny Lives", I wasn't expecting that twist! flag Like  · see review Jan 08, 2020 Owen rated it it was amazing Shelves: dark-fantasy, horror Holy moly! While the first book was good and the second was better, I mainly just considered this to be a mildly entertaining horror anthology. But the third book changed things. And this one? The fourth?With this book Prince and Morazzo and O' Halloran prove that they are matters if the craft.In this collection we have a comic palindrome. That story hit me in the same way that some works by Gaiman did. Works that simply would not work the same way in another medium.The other stories are great, Holy moly! While the first book was good and the second was better, I mainly just considered this to be a mildly entertaining horror anthology. But the third book changed things. And this one? The fourth?With this book Prince and Morazzo and O' Halloran prove that they are matters if the craft.In this collection we have a comic palindrome. That story hit me in the same way that some works by Gaiman did. Works that simply would not work the same way in another medium.The other stories are great, too. I'm particular the final one in this collection surprised me.All in all, I must say that I love Ice Cream Man, and I look forward to another taste. flag Like  · see review Jan 18, 2020 Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: 2020, graphic-novels, read_gn The Ice Cream Man stories are fun, especially if you're a fan of "Tales from the Darkside" or similar. The art is average at best but lends itself to the material. I was hoping this volume would advance the story of what is going on between the ICM and his antagonist, but nada. Maybe in the next volume? flag Like  · see review Jan 17, 2020 Hana rated it really liked it Shelves: comics Another creepy and chaotic addition to the series. This volume centers on four seemingly unconnected stories, tied together by the continuously elusive Ice Cream Man. The level of detail that goes into these stories is impressive, and I appreciate the creative team's continued attempt to take risks within the medium, such as with their palindrome issue. flag Like  · see review Feb 05, 2020 Alex McCullough rated it really liked it Shelves: read-comics Absolutely the most bleak, dark and depressing comic series I've ever read. It's not fun, like at all. I read all of the existing volumes in one sitting each, and my whole day was thrown off every time. But I can't stop reading it. I can't say I recommend it for everyone, but it's a fascinating read. flag Like  · see review Jan 11, 2020 Garrett rated it really liked it When these are connected, they're epic in scope and existentially awful on a gut level. When they're isolated, like these, they're more personal, more haunting, and the visceral quality is enhanced. And apparently, I have to wait for June for a 5th volume, dammit. flag Like  · see review Jan 03, 2020 Drucilla rated it liked it Shelves: graphic-novels I'm not a big fan of surrealist horror, but this series continues to surprise me with it's inventiveness. The very first issue is a palindrome. A PALINDROME! With palindrome dialogue sprinkled throughout as well. I mean, come on, now you're just showing off. flag Like  · see review Dec 31, 2019 Lisa rated it it was amazing I really enjoyed this series. As twisted as it was, it was well done, creative, and had enough humor to make it a fun read. What to read next... flag Like  · see review Jan 11, 2020 David Whalen rated it really liked it “Never odd or even.” flag Like  · see review Jan 17, 2020 Hazel Tyson rated it it was amazing Sooooooo dark! Love it! flag Like  · see review Jan 10, 2020 el rated it it was amazing It’s a palindrome... v v cool flag Like  · see review Jan 11, 2020 Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Shelves: comics, favorites This volume was astounding and it brings back to why I liked this series from the first volume. It perfectly combines horror and cleverness so well. These volumes featured a palindromic comic that could be read backwards, a comic with crosswords, and a general vibe of uneasiness. I was very satisfied considering how disappointed I was with the previous volume. Keep it coming, Ice Cream Man! flag Like  · see review Cinthya Brenes rated it really liked it Dec 17, 2019 Michael rated it really liked it Jan 03, 2020 frankie rated it it was amazing Dec 22, 2019 Rob Schamberger rated it really liked it Feb 19, 2020 Santiago rated it it was amazing Dec 19, 2019 Stephanie rated it really liked it Jan 14, 2020 The One Who Sees rated it did not like it Feb 19, 2020 « previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next »

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