Advance Review: `Ice Cream Man’ #35 Gets Meta

The anthology series Ice Cream Man has never been afraid of being self-referential. When writer W. Maxwell Prince explores a certain character’s neuroses – whether it be an earworm or an irrational fear of spiders, you can’t help but think that he is really writing about his own “issues.” When they are at their best, the stories feel deeply personal.

This time, Prince goes meta, by writing about a would-be author who is working on the most important book in the history of the world – The Book of Necessary Monsters. In it, he describes such terrifying beasts and phenomena as the Gum Dream, the King Spider and the Time Suck. The creative team has already explored many of these monsters in the series’ previous installments.

We’ve all experienced something like these before, making these particular monsters all the scarier and more relatable. To drive the point home, artist Martin Morazzo created a main cover to this issue that is identical to the book in the story. In addition to the scenes in author Jacob’s house, Morazzo gives a simple, yet effective illustration of each of the monsters in the uber book.

In the story, Jacob is trying to avoid his wife and son so he can finish the book. He sees the tome as his life’s work and writes while in the attic, the bathroom and the cellar. Like most professional parents, he feels some grief for ignoring his son, whom – he repeatedly reminds us – has a problem with his jaw necessitating that his food be cut into small pieces.

Of course, this being Ice Cream Man, all is not as it seems. If you’re looking for a happy ending to each issue, try another series. But if you want quality writing coupled with unique and highly complementary artwork, keep coming back each month.

Ice Cream Man #35 will be available for purchase tomorrow.

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