Friday, July 20, 2018

Gideon Falls #5 Review

A Family Affair?

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Steve Wands
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 18 July 2018 

Gideon Falls has been an intriguing read to date. It draws out a mysterious story and has allowed us to become attached to each of its central characters gradually but very thoroughly. It has given readers a stake in the future of the characters. This issue begins to develop things further and poses a number of interesting questions. Let’s see how it went. 

Firstly though let’s give some attention to the wonderful art in this issue. Increasingly in this book the art is a key element in unraveling the puzzle and in enhancing the sense of mystery around the book. I have pointed out before that there is a strategic use of red by Stewart and Sorrentino. Again this is very apparent in this issue. The lines are drawn across Doc’s wall to show the linkages in the search for his missing son, the scenes depicting Xu's hypnotism of Norton and the patterns it unleashes during the ending of this issue all hit the red option to the max. 

The story becomes so integrated into this issue. We get connections between Father Fred and Sheriff Miller, the Sherriff and Doc, and all three and the mysterious barn. Is there also a connection between the loss experienced by Doc’s family and the experiences of Norton? Without spoiling the plot, I think I can still legitimately raise the question of whether Norton is the same age as the missing son Lemire has relayed to us earlier in the issue.

Bits and Pieces:

Another fantastic issue of this series. After 5 issues we have been told a lot, and we have a lot to find out. It has been a beautiful book to look at, and this book probably tops what we have seen before. The series goes from strength to strength and remains on the must buy list.


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