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"Gideon Falls #13" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Steve Wands
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 15th, 2019


The mystery of the Black Barn intensifies as Father Burke continues his search for the Laughing Man killer. He is not prepared for what he finds, as this journey takes him through various iterations of Gideon Falls across time and space. The killer is always one step ahead of him, but that's not stopping Burke.

Gideon Falls has always been an unsettling comic, but this arc has taken that feeling to new heights. It is so incredibly creepy. Add to that the unpredictable nature of the story and you've got a pretty tense read. Every time you think you've got it figured out, writer Jeff Lemire takes a big turn and changes everything.

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While the story is top notch, it's artist Andrea Sorrentino that steals the show in Gideon Falls. I have never seen a comic like this. Sorrentino stretches the boundaries of the medium, creating unique perspectives and some of the best visuals in the business. He seamlessly guides your eye through each panel in such a way that pulls you in completely.

Every page is gorgeous, but there's one sequence that I absolutely loved. Burke is chasing the killer through the darkness, at one point literally going down a spiral towards the villain's menacing grin. He's suddenly slashed across the face and the cut breaks through the panel itself. The right side of the image is broken out, as if it was framed in Burke's blood and it has escaped the confines of his face in a splatter.

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Colorist Dave Stewart brings out the disturbing qualities of the killer in Gideon Falls #13. It comes down to the eerie smile. There are no lips on this monster, so you just see these haunting red teeth staring at you from the shadows in a grin that is far too large for the face it sits on. The eyes are solid red as well, with no pupils, so you get this inhuman glare every time it appears on the page, sticking with you long after you finish the book.

Even the killer's speech is creepy thanks to letterer Steve Wands. His words appear in these scratchy red balloons with a ravaged font. This brings to mind a monstrous, otherworldly voice, which is a perfect fit for his shadowy appearance.

Gideon Falls continues to surprise and terrify me in new and unexpected ways. It will literally send shivers up your spine in the way that only the best horror stories can. This is a book that will have you sleeping with the lights on.


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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