After a stunning six issues, Jeff Lemire’s Gideon Falls has returned; now in it’s second arc, “Original Sins,” Gideon Falls, having already established itself as one of the industries best and most unique Horror titles, promises to pull readers deeper down the rabbit hole, answering questions while simultaneously inspiring new ones.
Publisher’s Summary: “ORIGINAL SINS,” Part One After the mind-blowing events of the first arc, Norton digs deeper into the mystery of the Black Barn, and secrets of his past begin to come to light. Meanwhile, Father Fred does some digging of his own and learns the hard way that some secrets should just stay buried. Picked up for TV by Hivemind after a multi-studio bidding war. Established in 2018, Hivemind is the new production entity from long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg, and former Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.
Gideon Falls #6 was, without a doubt, the most intense and disorienting issue in the series thus far; Lemire and Sorrentino pulled readers into the
Black Lodge Black Barn and offered a glimpse of the horrors that await those who pass through its doors. Having read this issue, I was expecting a change of pace in Issue #7, I was expecting Lemire to slow down in order to establish a new arc, and while the pace did let up some, in comparison to its predecessor’s pace, Gideon Falls #7 continued to generate momentum without sacrificing depth-of-story or further characterization.
Additional players are added to the game come issue’s end, and while it isn’t clear exactly how large of a role they are destined to play in this supernatural narrative, their motivations are clear and their ties to the Black Barn are unsettling.
Lemire’s script is, as one could have guessed, filled with authentic dialogue and mood-setting language that, when teamed with Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork, creates a haunting and immersive reading experience. Telling a tale that is set simultaneously in the past and present is something of a challenge, and few writers can keep their scripts sharp enough for readers to easily distinguish between then and now while remaining entertained; Lemire accomplishes this feat with ease.
Speaking about Sorrentino’s artwork, after having read Gideon Falls #6, is something of a challenge; in Issue #6, Sorrentino produced an issue that teemed with visually impressive mind-benders, and comparing Issue #7, which works visually, to that beautiful beast of a comic is simply unfair. Thus, Sorrentino’s work in Gideon Falls #7 complements Lemire’s script and it is his use of space that is, perhaps, the element that sets his work apart from that of his contemporaries.
The Bottom Line: Gideon Falls is a stunning supernatural tale that offers a reading experience that is both haunting and immersive. Now in it’s second arc, it is clear that the series will continue to impress. Gideon Falls #7 may not be an accessible jumping-on point, but does have the potential to generate the interest necessary to inspire new readers backtrack and get themselves up to speed.