Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ice Cream Man #2 Review

Sister Morphine

Written by: W Maxwell Prince
Art by Martin Morazzo / Chris O'Halloran
Publisher: Image
Release Date: 21 February 2018
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

Do you need something to cheer you up in these last days of winter? Do you need something to set your heart aglow before those first green shoots of Spring make their appearance? Well my friend you have come to the correct place. Come with me while I tell you a story of Heroin addicts and a psychotic supernatural Ice Cream man...

This book changed direction from the previous issue quicker than you can say Lickety Split! Gone is the werewolf style Ice Cream man. In fact, we hardly see our devious purveyor of iced confectionery at all in this issue. Instead, the story is dominated by the tale of two junkies and their mutual dependency upon one another. We get the touching tale at the start of how they met, fell in love, and were gradually seduced by the lure of heroin to the extent where they would steal from the needy and vulnerable just to get money for their next fix.

So far, so similar to all the other tales of addiction out there. I heard Mr. Young sing about it. The needle and the damage done. The twist comes when the female addict, Karen, sees an ice cream van and decides to steal it to fund one last fix for her and her partner Jimbo. That all ends abruptly when she crashes the ice cream van leaving lives shattered in her wake.

When she hears the cops on the way she runs for it, leaving the crashed van behind and runs back into her home. Jimbo is still strung out comatose on the couch, but there is a visitor...I wonder who that was? Let's just say that Karen is given a tempting offer from this new arrival...

Bits and Pieces

Another good installment, and its clear from this issue and the level of distance it places between the story in issue one and this tale that the writers are going to be working across a wide canvas with this title. It was an enjoyable issue and continues a solid start to the series.


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