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‘Gideon Falls #13:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Jeff Lemire continues the sort-of origin story of the Laughing Man in Gideon Falls #13, and two things are happening for me. One: More questions are cascading to the surface with very few answers. Two: It doesn’t matter. It’s the questions, the mystery, the unknown that drives the horror of this series – the sense that there’s something greater than our minds can even begin to fathom happening in the world of Gideon Falls. You can feel that frustration in our main characters who press ahead, fighting even though they have no idea what they’re up against. This series is a constant existential crisis ready to explode. It’s quantum mechanics being used as a weapon.

We’ve left our usual leads behind to jump into the past, or the future, or an alternate reality, or… well, the priest, Father Burke, we’re following right now is confronting Norton Sinclair, or what was once Norton Sinclair, while being ripped from one parallel universe to another. One can begin to make guesses as to what’s going on, but I’m hoping I’m wrong. The evil that the Laughing Man represents is worth far more than a simple, straightforward answer.

What really continues to work here is artist Andrea Sorrentino’s commitment to presenting this ever-shifting world-scape through a kaleidoscope of modern abstract art. It keeps the reader off balance. Dave Stewart’s colors are a beautiful onslaught of psychological terror. The shadows feel alive on the page; the reds like your worst fears coming after you. Gideon Falls is a visual and visceral masterpiece. It’s is a rabbit hole in which I don’t even think Alice would be able to keep her sanity after falling into. With that in mind, I’m not sure how these characters are going to fare in the end, but I’ll be there every issue of the way.

Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (story), Andrea Sorrentino (art), Dave Stewart (colors), Steve Wands (letters), Will Dennis (editor)
Publisher: Image Comics
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