It’s a special thing when a comic book can fulfill the same value that another medium does. I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) from 12-Gauge Comics is the best action summer blockbuster film that I’ve read in a long time. It has all of the best chemical ingredients that make a great action film: guns, car chases, helicopter battles, rogue law enforcement officers and revenge adventures. I.C.E. is not the deepest or most complex story that I’ve ever read but it certainly provides action-packed fun.
Jose Holder’s zig-zag-line art style in I.C.E. is full of energy and dynamism that makes the action of the story that much more exciting. Holder continues to drive the pace of the book with smart panel placement that makes some scenes literally explode off the page. Michael Wiggam’s coloring on the book completes Holder’s art, making it pop even more. But it also uses the conventions of the comic book medium, making pages and page layout consistant in tone and resonance but also allowing for changes in time that are seamless. The art of I.C.E. embellishes every piece of the story.
Doug Wagner’s writing in I.C.E. is smart. Obviously he’s put together an incredible summer action blockbuster but most importantly, he makes it a near perfect representation of the formula needed. The only thing missing is the celluloid. Besides the above list of ingredients, Wagner’s writing also keeps the pace that is absolutely necessary to make the ingredients percolate and boil to the point of constant movement, not only keeping the reader engaged but also raising their heart-rates with anticipation from beginning to end. I.C.E. is a strong read with the perfect action formula.