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"Gideon Falls #23" 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
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 15th, 2020

Review:

When you mess with the Black Barn, reality itself could shatter. That's the situation Father Fred finds himself in as he tries to figure out where or when he is. Sure, the city is called Gideon Falls, but it's not the small town he remembers. It's a far future land full of depravity. He's going to have to face off against the monsters that lurked within the Black Barn if he ever hopes to see home again.

Gideon Falls is not an easy comic. It's a challenging one, but one that I love rising to. There are times where I have absolutely no idea what's going on. Writer Jeff Lemire weaves us into this ever-expanding supernatural mystery that forces us to question what is real and what's not as the fabric of space and time seem to bend and swirl. It's truly bizarre and yet I cannot look away. I have to see this through and get the full picture.

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That speaks to the riveting insanity that permeates through every page of Gideon Falls. It's a different kind of terror as you watch this poor man trying to do the right thing and struggling to keep his mind intact in the process. Think about this for a moment. Look at the world around you and take in everything you understand it to be. Now close your eyes. When you open them again, imagine you're a thousand years in the future in a land you don't recognize and with no idea how you got there or how to get back. That can shatter someone's mind.

Artist Andrea Sorrentino is a master of this unsettling mindset, showcasing some of the best work the comic book medium has seen. It's hard to convey some of these complex ideas, yet Sorrentino makes it look easy. You understand the madness facing Father Fred and how he's forced to question everything he knows to be true.

This uneasy feeling is everywhere in Gideon Falls (both the city and the comic). You're always on edge while reading it, waiting for the chaos to reach a crescendo, so when it does, it packs such a punch. Every scare is earned, not by cheap tricks and theatrics, but by pure unbridled terror.

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Letterer Steve Wands aids this with some great work with the word balloons throughout this issue. There are some that are uniquely red, like the sheen of recently spilled blood that brings such a creepy tone. It's perfect for scenario.

Letterer Dave Stewart rounds out the creative team and turns in the signature gritty palette that has come to define Gideon Falls. Despite this being set in some far-off future, there's still dirt under the fingernails of these people. You know how the Jetsons lived way up in the sky? Well, this is what the planet itself must look like. There are no bright, clean spaces. There are only dark, ominous alleyways.

There is nothing else like Gideon Falls on the stands today. While I don't always understand what's going on or where it's going, I appreciate every insane moment it brings. It's completely bonkers and I love every bit of it.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fivestars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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