Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Steve Wands
Gideon Falls is an eerie mystery that leaves the reader wanting to know more, and issue number four is no exception. At the beginning of the issue, Doc Sutton tells Father Tom that the Black Barn and Gideon Falls do indeed have a connection. As a matter of fact, the Black Barn goes as far back as 1794, and Doc Sutton is with a group called the Ploughmen, a group that stands against the Black Barn. If all this sounds too far-fetched, that’s because it is, and Father Tom feels that way as well. Father Tom wants to believe everything that Doc Sutton is telling him, but Father Tom’s own faith is wandering and just can’t find it within him to believe Doc Sutton. Lemire is doing a brilliant job with Father Tom because a priest usually is a strong man of faith, but Doc Sutton isn’t and is a flawed character. I’d be curious to see where Lemire ends up taking Father Tom’s character throughout the rest of the series. Another character who is also interesting is Sinclair Norton and more is learned about him in this issue.
Sinclair Norton is a very compelling character and more is discovered about him in this issue. Dr. Xu starts to go through his case file and discovers that Norton has had a hard life since he was a child. Dr. Xu finds herself confiding in Norton now because no one else will believe the things that she’s seeing. This is far cry from the first issue, and when they are last seen in this issue, they are seen hugging each other in the pouring rain. The dynamic between these two has shifted drastically, and it’ll be interesting to see if it will continue to change.
Of course this issue ends in a bloody mess, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Lemire and Sorrentino are building something mysterious and stunning with Gideon Falls. Father Tom keeps questioning his faith, Dr. Xu is losing her mind from what she has seen, and Norton may be the only one to help Dr. Xu. There’s a lot going with the town of Gideon Falls and can’t wait to see what the next issue brings.