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"Gideon Falls #14" 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 June 19th, 2019


Father Burke has been on quite a journey as of late. Every time he wakes up, he's still in Gideon Falls, just in different times. How has this small tone grown and changed so much over the years? And how is he flying through time? The questions bubble up in Gideon Falls #14, pulling us deeper into this chilling mystery as the threat of the Black Barn looms in the distance.

Gideon Falls freaks me right out. This comic has been consistently terrifying and this issue is no different. Now that we have a rough idea of the size and scope of this story, we're starting to put some pieces together as to where each version of this town sits within time. Burke even makes a map in this chapter to keep track.

We bounce between each era without much warning. This would be confusing under normal circumstances, however artist Andrea Sorrentino uses some clear indicators to distinguish each time period. We might not know exactly when each scene is set, but we have a rough idea as to where it fits in the timeline and which pieces come before or after it.

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This is just a fraction of Sorrentino's talents. He continues to use this medium in new and amazing ways. It's a visual tour de force, breaking up panels to show the fractured nature of the timestream and how Burke is spinning through each version of Gideon Falls. It's a trippy experience at times.

Unsurprisingly, Burke is often disoriented since he's popping around time. Letterer Steve Wands captures this feeling in the way Burke's dialogue is shown. He stutters over his words as he works to get his bearings.

Sorrentino often intersperses larger panels with smaller ones focused on key details. These range in size and work to heighten the overall tension of the series. They usually highlight a piece of a creepy image or break up a larger shot to create a kind of broken look. It's a great effect that works in the best way.

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Colorist Dave Stewart creates a dry and unsettling tone throughout Gideon Falls with lots of greys and browns. Regardless of when Burke shows up, the town always has this feel to it. The one exception is when red pops up, usually in a violent memory or unnatural experience. Something crazy happens every time you see red on the page. It's a harbinger of dread.

Gideon Falls has grown into a wide web of terror, spanning multiple generations. A dark cloud hangs over every page, like a dreary sense of foreboding. Every time you think you have this figured out, writer Jeff Lemire takes another turn and flips everything on its head. Looking back on the series to date reveals some very careful planning on his part, revealing just enough to keep the story shrouded in mystery. From the way this book is going, I hope it runs forever.


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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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