"Gideon Falls #8" 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 November 14th, 2018
The mystery of the Black Barn continues and it's just as creepy as ever. Norton has been committed into a shady mental institution just as he was starting to put some pieces together. He's haunted by visions from his past and a creepy smiling figure hiding in the shadows. Meanwhile, Fred is having visions of his own and some involve Norton. How are these two men connected through time?
Gideon Falls wrapped up its first arc with an awesome revelation that Norton and Fred are in the same place, but in very different times. It was the equivalent of that Lost episode where they changed to a flash forward instead of a flashback. Now we're connecting the dots between them with a whole new set of eyes.
This is shown in some incredible ways from artist Andrea Sorrentino. There's a breathtaking double-page spread filled with images of Norton that combine to form a large mosaic shot of him. This hits Fred like a freight train. It's a huge download of information that nearly sends him to his knees.
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This is just the latest in the amazing visuals that Sorrentino has shown us throughout Gideon Falls. He stretches the boundaries of the medium to tell the story in such compelling ways. Sure, there are some traditional layouts in there, but even those are interspersed with smaller panels outlined in red to focus on specific details, adding some additional intensity to the sequence.
The creepy shadow man that visits Norton in his cell is pure nightmare fuel. If you've ever been scared of monsters in your closet, this is probably what was lurking in there. You don't see the full figure. Instead, there's this unsettling face with a smile that's way too large and glowing red eyes that pierce through the darkness. The eyes have no pupils but they still manage to stare right into your soul. This is an absolutely haunting image.
Colorist Dave Stewart adds to this with the glowing red. It's just a speck of color in an otherwise black and grey room that cuts right to the heart. Red is used sparingly throughout this issue and when it does, it makes an impact. It usually comes as a shock and accompanies pure, unbridled terror.
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Letterer Steve Wands adds one more bit of detail to this disturbing little shadow guy. Although the character speaks infrequently, it comes up in these scratchy red word balloons. You can imagine the weird, chilling voice that goes with that haunting, doll-like face.
Gideon Falls was already a horror comic that dug deep under your skin and made for some dread-filled reading. Writer Jeff Lemire has upped the terror and intrigue a thousandfold with this arc. This is not just a solid horror book it's now working on a whole other level. It's no wonder this is being developed for TV. If the producers can capture a fraction of the scares seen here on the screen, it's going to be a major hit.