Advance Review: Evil is Real in Gideon Falls #1
Gideon Falls follows two stories: the first follows Norton, a scavenger, of sorts – an apparent trash collector, but the pieces are far more than garbage. The second is a priest who arrives in the town of Gideon Falls. The former priest has died under odd circumstances and Father Fred has come to replace him. As the Norton’s and Fred’s respective faiths are tested, we see that there is far more going on. The two stories are very different, but also clearly mirror images. Once the pieces are put together, there’s sure to be a lot of blood.
Jeff Lemire really shines on his creator owned work. He has a distinct path in mind and, much like a surgeon, his cuts are precise and intentional. With that, Gideon Falls opens with a really, really unsettling first issue. It’s hard to tell what’s going on entirely at this stage. However, I’m absolutely hooked. Clearly, one or both of the men has correctly placed their faith in their faiths and I firmly believe that neither will be ready to have it tested. Lemire’s more notable independent works include Sweet Tooth, The Underwater Welder, and Essex County, and the mood of Gideon Falls is distant from any of those in the finest ways.
I was first introduced to Andrea Sorrentino’s work in I, Vampire from Joshia Fialkov (published by DC Comics). Since that time, I have always associated his work with being really creepy, especially when it comes to monsters and violence. There is no doubt in my mind (or Jeff Lemire’s, for that matter) that Sorrentino is the perfect fit for this book. Sorrentino’s art on this book is him at his finest – it’s distinctly creepy, it’s unsettling, and, combined with Lemire’s words, it’s disorienting. It’s damn scary, and that’s nothing less than how it should be.
Gideon Falls creepy is an understatement. I really don’t remember the last time I was so uncomfortable reading a comic this good, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. Lemire and Sorrentino have cooked up something truly disturbing and wonderful. HIGHLY recommended!