Comic Review: Gideon Falls #5 (Image)

It’s another shuddering step forward, and a head-over-heels sideways tumble for Gideon Falls, with issue 5 from Image. It’s a parallel story of the Barn, the mysterious rural Barn. And […]

It’s another shuddering step forward, and a head-over-heels sideways tumble for Gideon Falls, with issue 5 from Image.

It’s a parallel story of the Barn, the mysterious rural Barn. And how it is enchanting and affecting.

Written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino (colors by Dave Stewart), this comic is simply amazing.

Issue 5, “We are all just soft instruments”, grabbed me from the very first panel (a sledgehammer, covered in blood, in someone’s right hand) to the very last. This is simply comics at its best; the dialogue, the grit of the subject matter coupled with the incredibly realistic/not realistic sense of the graphics, the coloring that enhances the mood and directs the eye. It’s a run-on comic, and I am full of appreciation for this creepy tale of the town that is chasing its tail; a sheriff investigating a murder, a mental patient and his psychologist, a priest, and a presence that pervades each and every panel.

Honestly, this is in the top tier of 2018 comics for me, and if you like Lemire’s work, you will love Gideon Falls. It’s got his strengths, and it’s yet another note in his concerto of well written titles. Fans of creepy suspense, check this one out for sure!

Image Comics, Gideon Falls #5, $3.99 for 24 pages of content, Rated Mature

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!