Speaking of Andrea Sorrentino, his artwork is really beautiful here. The layout and paneling alone create an unexpected amount of unease. The world shifts from upside down, to upright, to sideways. You never feel lost, but you do start to feel disoriented in the best way possible, like an unseen force is affecting the world these characters preside in. Both we and most of the characters know this is the Black Barn, even if we don’t know who or what exactly is in the Black Barn.
That brings us to Jeff Lemire and the story of those individuals who, for some reason, are connected to the Black Barn. Lemire is a writer that likes to spend time with his characters. He likes to hear them talk and posit ideas. He likes to get their point of views on the page. He enriches them by giving them strong emotional attachments to things. They feel real and they feel lived in, even when we first meet them. That’s really what makes the horror of Gideon Falls connect. We believe these characters could exist, and we believe that something like the Black Barn could exist for them. At the same time, Lemire has built a foundation in which, because of the Black Barn’s existence, even the craziest thing feels grounded. He’s found balance between the fiction of the story and the lore of the story, like a teeter totter balancing perilously completely parallel to the ground.
All of these elements - the story, character, art, and coloring - give us the best issue of Gideon Falls so far and a cliffhanger that gave me serious chills.
Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (story), Andrea Sorrentino (art), Dave Stewart (colors), Steve Wands (letters), Will Dennis (editor)
Publisher: Image Comics
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