Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Steve Wands
Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino ended the first arc of Gideon Falls on a high note. There was so much that went on in this issue and left a lot of threads to pull on for future arcs. The first five issues were amazing and this issue was just the cherry on top for the first arc.
Clara and Father Wilfred finally enter the barn, and boy was it a trip. The first five issues had been building to this, and it was nice to see it pay off nicely. It seems as if he has to face some of his past mistakes the further he goes into the barn. Lemire does an excellent job of showing his past transgressions and the impact it has on one of the decisions Father Wilfred makes while traversing through the barn. Father Wilfred may be a flawed character, but Lemire makes him really relatable. He isn’t perfect, far from it, but deep down he is still a good person when it’s all said and done. It’s Father Wilfred’s humanity that allows him to navigate the black barn and doesn’t succumb to its power like Reddy. Of course Sorrentino brought his “A” game to this issue, and this issue may be some of his best work to date.
Sorrentino put his best foot forward with the black barn sequences. Soon as Father Wilfred enters, it’s like his face is cascading down into tiny pieces and comes to completion once he fully enters the barn, and that’s just the beginning. He makes the black barn feel like a funhouse of horrors for Father Wilfred. Clara talks to Father Wilfred with a slit throat, an old lover appears, and crucified Jesus is talking to him as well. These are just a few of the things that appear, and rest of the images that show up are just as trippy. Sorrentino flexed all of his artistic muscles in the issue, and it was a pleasure to see.
The first arc is a wrap, and it wrapped up with a nice little bow on top. The wait to finally enter the barn was worth the wait. There are other things going on in this issue besides Father Wilfred going through the barn, but it was the focal point of the issue. Dr. Xu and Norton make an appearance, but what they are doing has more to do with next arc because they are trying to rebuild the black barn. Clara believes her brother is still alive and will be searching for him. Lemire left a lot to explore for future issues and can’t wait to take that journey in the upcoming issues.
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