The stories within are probably the most real and hard-hitting yet. Most of this issue is about death, specifically the end of life either from suicide or old age. The first issue however gives us a bit more about how ICM works. It’s a superhero-styled comic with ICM being a superhero himself and a reporter who wants the big scoop on him. He invites her to his base and we get to see a lot of references to most of the issues thus far which is really cool and it’s not to get more of ICM on paper.
The second issue is back to reality. We get the thoughts of a dying man who is recollecting his life and the way he raised his two kids. As both, his son and daughter visit we see their flaws and how much life isn’t perfect after all. It’s really sad. Hits home in certain ways. And makes you question your own life. Of course, ICM’s antics are at play like always. Our third issue is experimental, but it actually tells a good and dark story. It’s told in black and white and is like a step-by-step how-to book. It’s interesting and tells the story of a man through his three stages of life. A trauma he experienced as a boy and how it affected him his whole life but also delves into your last thoughts as you die from old age.
Now the last issue is a little weak. It’s basically a one-shot type of comic that has ICM kidnapping a family and making them listen to his sick and twisted versions of kids’ stories such as Green Eggs and Ham, Goodnight Moon, and The Giving Tree. The pages are drawn in the same style as the books which is cool, but there’s no advancement of ICM’s story or a telling of anything that hits home. It’s pretty weird and sick, but that’s about it. Not even really gory or anything.
By issue 20 and five volumes in I really like Ice Cream Man. The sick and twisted individual stories tell real down-to-Earth problems that humanity faces daily and that some of us may have faced, and nothing ever has a happy and fun ending. I just want more of ICM’s story. All of these individual people he’s messing with tell great stories, but I want to know why.