Saturday, June 23, 2018

Gideon Falls #4 Review

Ploughman's Lunch

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Steve Wands
Publisher: Image Comics

There has been a real engagement among the comic book community with this title, everyone that I know who is reading it is really hooked on what will happen next with Gideon Falls!! So without any further pause, we'll have to find out what happened next in Gideon Falls!!!

Yeah, we have some really, really interesting developments in this issue. Looking back I think the most interesting dynamic is the new relationship (and trust) that has been forged between Father Fred and Sheriff Miller. Interestingly the bond is created through their discussion about the belief that exists in Gideon Falls around the Black Barn and the protective role played against its influence by the mysterious Ploughmen. Lemire writes this very well and it is great how he draws out the Father's lack of belief in the supernatural concepts around the Black Barn and the Sheriff drawing parallels with her own atheism. The Priest and the Sheriff look like they are going to make a formidable and interesting duo going forward.

Elsewhere the minor plot thread this issue is taken up by Xu and Norton, and Xu is starting to come around to Norton's way of thinking as she gets some startling insights into the supernatural dimensions that have been haunting him. This element of the story is very much subservient to the events around Gideon Falls this issue but the small part that it does play is very, very startling and Xu's conversion is dramatically rendered in the writing and art.

The art in this series from Andrea Sorrentino is tremendously interesting to look at and is complimented wonderfully by the Dave Stewart colors. Watch carefully the strategic use of red within this title to date. It is particularly important in my view. In this issue in particular watch how it is used to proclaim the drama of the Xu moments. Very dramatic stuff.

Bits and pieces

These issues give you loads of material to ponder and leave you hungry for a lot more in the next issue. Everyone is a winner with that formula as the fans keep enjoying each issue, and keep shelling out for the next issue. Money well spent. Keep em coming, Lemire.


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