Title: Gideon Falls #3
Script: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino
Publication Date: May 16th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The bestselling team of JEFF LEMIRE & ANDREA SORRENTINO (Old Man Logan, Green Arrow) unleash their most ambitious story to date with this complex and mesmerizing new supernatural mystery series. Norton gets closer to the secrets of the Black Barn as Fred discovers a grizzly new crime in Gideon Falls.
Although we’re now three issues into this series, it still isn’t clear as to what, exactly, is going on in the small town of Gideon Falls. Here, Jeff Lemire continues to progress the story forward at a pace that allows for new details to unsettle more than enlighten, and while I applaud Lemire’s efforts, I’m unsure as to whether the pacing of this story is too slow for some modern comic book readers. Regardless of whether the comic book reading masses are willing to stick around long enough for this story to pay off, Gideon Falls #3 is another great issue that deserves to be read.
The doctor-patient relationship that Norman and Dr. Xu share is beginning to develop into something entirely different, and although the seeds of this development were planted in the two previous issues, the transformation becomes clear in Issue #3. By developing their relationship, and, in doing so, adding some credibility to Norman’s strange thoughts and visions and odd urges, Lemire adds balance to this end of the plot. Also, with this book’s ending, it becomes clear that, despite shared psychosis being mentioned, something terrible really is going on here and, perhaps, its roots runs deeper than initially thought.
The high-quality of Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork remains consistent, and, as this story progresses, I find myself growing eager to see Sorrentino capture to darker and more nightmarish aspects of Lemire’s scripts.
The Bottom Line:
As we dive deeper into this story and learn more about the mysterious Black Barn and the odd characters and events that surround the eerily dark and possibly evil structure, more and more questions come to mind. Here, in Gideon Falls #3, Lemire progresses the plot forward just enough to keep readers hooked, but not enough to leave said readers feeling satisfied or comfortable by what new details they’ve learned.