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"Gideon Falls #25" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Steve Wands
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 23rd, 2020


The Black Barn has terrorized Gideon Falls across time and space, but to what end? Where did this darkness come from? Just what the hell is going on? I will be the first to admit that Gideon Falls has gotten a little crazy, to the point where I wasn't entirely sure what is going on. That hasn't taken away from the enjoyment of the series, but I have to wonder where this is going. As we approach the end of this frightening comic, the pieces are really starting to come together, revealing the unsettling size and scope of what is to come.

There are some interesting concepts at work in Gideon Falls #25, although not unfamiliar to fans of Big Two comics. The difference here is that the center is the Black Barn and all the disturbing ideas that that entails. There's the phrase about looking into the abyss and something looking back. That is perfectly encapsulated in this book.

While we don't know exactly what the Black Barn is – and frankly, I don't think we really need to learn that – writer Jeff Lemire packs Gideon Falls #25 with enough information to put everything that's come to date into context. It reframes the previous issues, showing you just how far down the rabbit hole this thing goes.

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Artist Andrea Sorrentino continues to shine in this book. It is amazing what he can do with the medium, quickly throwing you off your guard at a moment's notice. You can't do something like jump scares in comics, but Gideon Falls is a great example of how to really terrify the reader, keeping them off balance from the first page.

This is done not just with disturbing imagery, like the infected folks with their giant grins that seem to break their faces in half, but with the layouts themselves. Just as the journey of these characters can be on uneven ground, shuffling from one version of Gideon Falls to another, so are we as readers, as the panels seem to shift and sway, depending on the action contained within. When the terror rises, the panels get thrown all over the place, like they're shifting across the page. This conveys actual movement and works so well in Sorrentino's hands.

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Red is used sparingly and to great effect in Gideon Falls #25. It signals danger, coming from the glowing eyes of the infected as they stare at their next victims. It shines in the background, like how spots cloud your vision after a blow to the head. It's frightening across the board and colorist Dave Stewart controls it in every image. This contrasts with the otherwise drab nature of this version of the town.

There's a desperation in the voice of the characters. Letterer Steve Wands captures this with some scratchy word balloons. They're not pure white. There are these little imperfections that provide a unique look and feel. The infected are a completely different story. They're confident and powerful yet slimy. The font has a smooth quality to it, like how a snake might sound if it could speak.

Gideon Falls is finally coming together and it was totally worth the wait. It set a high bar of terror from the beginning and it continues to surpass that with each chapter. That's an impressive feat 25 issues in. As we approach the grand finale, I cannot wait to see what is in store for us, especially if this chapter is any indication.


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Overall: 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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