Gideon Falls #5 Review

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Steve Wands

Lemire and company hit the ground running with this installment of Gideon Falls, and this may be the best issue of the series so far. The first seven pages of this issue are intense because there is big scuffle that occurs, someone dies, and someone disappears. That’s followed by Norton opening up to Dr. Xu about his childhood, and they begin to grow closer as well. The reader learns more about the characters each issue, and this issue is no different. Turns out Doc Sutton and Sheriff Miller are related, but not only are they related, Doc Sutton is Sheriff Miller’s father. This issue had a great pace, and so much more was learned about the people of Gideon Falls.

Lemire did a fantastic job setting up everything in this issue. It starts off with Joe Reddy, the creepy bus driver, just causing havoc. It was nice to see how he finally fits into all this because ever since the first issue you just knew he had a part to play. Sorrentino deserves all credit for the scenes between Norton and Dr. Xu in this issue. As Norton is describing his childhood to Dr. Xu, Sorrentino draws chilling and demented child artwork to go with it. It’s on a black background with red crayon with images of children hanging, children with evil faces, and the black barn. In the other scene where Norton is hypnotized and trying to remember things about his past, Sorrentino takes the reader on a real psychedelic journey through Norton’s mind, and it is definitely worth the trip.

Lemire and Sorrentino both shine as storytellers in this issue. Lemire did a phenomenal job with pacing and giving us more information on who knows what in Gideon Falls. Doc Sutton just wants his daughter to believe him about the dark past they may share with the black barn, but Sheriff Miller refuses to believe Doc Sutton.  Lemire does a superb job of setting up the conflict between these two, but who knows if it will be resolved after this issue’s cliffhanger. Sorrentino did flawless work in this issue and shows that he is a great storyteller in his own right. I’ve been a fan of his since his arc on Green Arrow from the New 52, and I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for Gideon Falls and their characters. A must buy this week.

10/10

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