Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: GIDEON FALLS #22- Everything Costs Something!
Gideon Falls #22
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artists: Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart
Cover Artists: Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart, Jeffrey Alan Love
Publisher: Image Comics
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Oh, hey, Mom. I was just reminiscing about the very first review I did for Outright Geekery. I wrote it back on February 4th. I’ve been a freelance writer there for over four months now. My first review was Gideon Falls #21 and I’m getting ready to review Gideon Falls #22. That’s what made me think about it. Well, no, it still doesn’t pay anything. But at least I do get to read a few comics before they’re actually released to the public. That’s a pretty cool perk. Who knows, it might pay something down the road though. How long? I don’t know, four or five years. Hey! At least it’s a job! Wait a minute. I feel like we’ve had this conversation once before. Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
The last we heard of Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award Winning series, Gideon Falls, was when issue #21 hit comic back stands way back on February 5th. It has been much too long between issues thanks to the global pandemic, but the wait is finally over. Finally! It’s like having a family member or childhood friend you haven’t seen in years and giving each other a long heartfelt embrace or a strong gripped handshake that feels like will never end. Then immediately, you both pick things right back up like it was only yesterday. That’s what issue #22 feels like.
At the end of the previous issue, the Black Barn was destroyed, the multiverse was splintered, and the characters were scattered throughout. It looked like The Laughing Man was gone for good in all the various realities, but with the chapter of this issue named, “Wicked Worlds,” you know the evil is still lurking out there somewhere. This issue is setting the stage for the new five-part story arc. Nothing real action packed here, but we do get to see a lot of the characters in some really strange versions of Gideon Falls. And then we see, uh, what? What’s that? Are you serious? I can’t believe it! It’s, it’s, (nah, you’ll have to see that stunning revelation for yourself!).
I am so glad to see the return of Gideon Falls after it was put on hold because of the coronavirus. Jeff Lemire hasn’t lost his touch or gotten rusty because of the layoff. He just keeps getting better and better with his suspenseful and dramatic mix of science fiction, religion, good versus evil, and multiversal storylines. That storytelling rises off the pages with the right mix of light and darkness from artist Andrea Sorrentino, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer and designer Steve Wands. Here’s your chance to jump on this wild ride with this new story arc. Call your LCS and put it on your pull list today.
Why are you crying, Mom? You’re proud of me? Thanks. What? I’ve worked at a job longer than four months before. Yes, I have! Oh, boy.