Title: Gideon Falls #2 Review
Script: Jeff Lemire
Pencils: Andrea Sorrentino
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Steve Wands
Publication Date: April 11th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The brand-new supernatural mystery series by the acclaimed team of JEFF LEMIRE and ANDREA SORRENTINO (Old Man Logan, Green Arrow) continues. The mysteries of the “Black Barn” heighten as the reclusive Norton begins to unravel new clues just as a murder spree breaks out in the town of Gideon Falls. But how is it all connected?! The puzzle pieces begin to fall.
There is more to this game than initially thought; there are more players and moving pieces, there are more rules, although they haven’t been made clear as of yet, and there is more at stake now than there was last issue. New questions are being born faster than they can be answered, and with each door that opens, two more close. Stories like this one can be frustrating to read at times, but that’s part of the fun.
After making some additional developments, Lemire leaves readers questioning who and what to believe. Achieving this effect authentically is no simple feat. Simply misleading readers is as cheap as only scaring movie-goers with stinger scenes, but that’s not what Lemire is doing, Lemire is managing to release information in a way that leaves readers hungry for more–he’s scaring movie-goers by planting the kind of creepy thoughts that lead post-movie-viewing backseat and shower checking…
The script is solid, but Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork provides the series with an overall feel that haunts long after one’s reading session has come to an end.
I’m interested and I’m hooked and I’m planning on staying around until the very end of this tale, but the slower-than-normal pacing does have me feeling a little more than eager; I’m anxious to see where Lemire is leading me. I’m unsure of several elements, but, as I said, I’m willing to wait until they’re developed further. Gideon Falls is unique and it has the potential to be incredible. I’m confident that in an issue or two, this one is going to really take off as our two stories converge and become one.
Oh, and one last thing: Gideon Falls #2 ends with one of the creepiest comic book illustrations that I’ve ever seen. Thinking about it now, as I write this review, sends a shiver down my spine.
The Bottom Line:
The more that we learn about this multifaceted story and the ominous Black Barn within it, the more obvious it becomes that there is still so much left to learn; with each door that opens, two more close. Gideon Falls #2 is wonderfully mysterious and is deserving of great praise.