"Gideon Falls #6" 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
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 15th, 2018
Father Fred has entered the Black Barn. What he finds there is unlike anything he’s ever encountered. Meanwhile, Norton, armed with unlocked memories from his youth, zeroes in on some answers he’s long been searching for. How do Norton’s visions of the Black Barn correspond with Fred’s experiences? We’re about to get a much better idea.
I’m going to put this right up front. Gideon Falls #6 is an absolutely incredible comic book. While the story is great and it’s certainly very scary, artist Andrea Sorrentino steals the show. His work here is nothing short of astonishing, stretching the boundaries of what the comic book medium is capable of.
|Click images to enlarge|
This comes through in the scenes with Fred in the Black Barn. It’s almost tough to describe what this bizarre world entails. Reality bends and twists. The laws of physics don’t apply. Fred is confronted with horrifying visuals that force him to question is very existence.
The sheer amount of detail that went into this issue is amazing. There’s a double-page spread with nearly 50 panels on it. The majority focus on specific details, like a bullet flying through the air or a bloody hand hitting the ground. Some of these may feel unnecessary in terms of understanding the story, but every one adds some additional weight to the scene. Plus, Fred’s new perspective on these events allow him – and by extension, us – to pick apart every facet of this traumatic experience.
Aiding in this awesome read is colorist Dave Stewart, who goes from the grim and gritty look of the real world to the multi-colored explosion of the Black Barn. The reds particularly pop off the page. They feel alive, pulsing with energy. This contrasts so much with Norton’s setting, which is nothing but dingy city life. There is no hope here.
|Click images to enlarge|
Fred’s experience is made all the more frightening with Steve Wands’ letters. The word balloons have this scratchy quality, which matches up to the artwork. The font feels real, like this is a normal handwriting which translates into normal speech. These are real people sucked into something horrifying.
Gideon Falls #6 is easily one of the best comics of the year. This is an experience like no other, delivering on not only a unique and mind-bending read, but an unsettling story that elevates everything that’s come before. You’ll want to go back and re-read the previous issues again after the startling revelation on the final page. Writer Jeff Lemire has jumped into the horror genre and made one helluva splash.