Title: Gideon Falls #10
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino
Colors: Dave Stewart
Publication Date: January 16, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: ORIGINAL SINS,” Part Four. The past finally catches up to the present when Doc gives Father Fred a rather gruesome history of Gideon Falls. And if finding a needle in a haystack is impossible, what chance does Norton have of finding one in a giant garbage dump?
“By Christmas, twelve men and women had been butchered, their bodies left like trophies. There was a witness to the eleventh murder, but the only description that man gave of the killer was of a ‘smiling man.’ Two days later, this witness hung himself, but it didn’t end there…”
Ah, the Smiling Man; now I know what to call the thing that lurks in the back of my mind, reminding me to reach my hand in and turn on the light before entering a dark room.
In my review of this issue’s predecessor, I commented on the fact that the lines that separate Norton from Father Fred were blurring; really, what was happened, what was made apparent here, was that the line–the single line–separating them was actually being made more clear. So clear, in fact, that in Gideon Falls #10 we readers are shown what that line is, and where it falls. Exactly why, and how, the two are separated has yet to be answered, but their connection has never been more obvious; it’s only a matter of time before all is revealed.
Having reviewed the last nine issues of this series, I find myself wanting not to repeat what’s already been said, but failing to compliment both Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s work would mean doing them a disservice. So, here we go again…Ten issues in, and with Gideon Falls, Lemire, Sorrentino, and Stewart have consistently produced creative work that has redefined the genre while simultaneously elevating the medium.
I am still unsure where this series is heading, but I’m as excited as ever to remain steadfast on this journey into darkness.
The Bottom Line:
Gideon Falls, a masterwork of modern visual storytelling, remains strong and impressive as this journey into darkness continues to intensify.