Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: GIDEON FALLS #23 – The Laughing “Men” Return!
GIDEON FALLS #23
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart
Cover Artists: Andrea Sorrentino, Jaclyn Mathis
Publisher: Image Comics
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Oh, hey, Mom. I’m getting ready to review another comic book. It’s called Gideon Falls #23. It’s been a great series, so far. No, Mom, it’s not a series about famous landmarks or favorite vacation spots. Yes, I know Niagara Falls is one of your favorite tourist destinations, but this is totally different. By the way, how come I’ve never seen any pictures of your Niagara Falls trip? They’re in what drawer? This one? Mom, this is a whole drawer of rolls of film. What do you mean you never had time to get them developed? That trip was about 40 years ago! Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
Jeff Lemire keeps cranking out hit issue after hit issue of his Eisner Award Winning series, Gideon Falls, and issue #23 is no exception. This issue is part two of the five part “Wicked Worlds” story arc titled, “Neon Bible.” With the destruction of the Black Barn and the splintering of the Gideon Falls multiverse, things have gotten weirder. Yes, even more weird than usual. Not only in the macabre sort of way, but in the bizarre kind of way. It looks like we are in the distant future (for now) of Gideon Falls with the flying ambulances, sex cathedrals that were once actual churches, and the Buddhist temple hovering above the city. Money is no longer the choice of currency, you need credits to buy stuff now. Things are so out of whack at the moment that even the priest has upped his game on his use of profanity and middle finger flipping. There’s even a robotic pimp (funny and deadly!). Plus, we get to see the return of The Laughing Man (or men? Hmmm) and what a return it is (man, that was some creepy stuff right there! YUCK!). Nothing real action packed here until the end, but we do get to see a glimpse of what the future of Gideon Falls could or will look like. And that ending! What just happened? To find out, you need to call your LCS and grab this issue before it disappears into the future, or the past, or at least into the hands of someone else. It will fly off the shelf!
Jeff Lemire keeps painting a picture of different versions of Gideon Falls and it’s still brilliantly creepy. He just keeps getting better and better with his mix of suspense, drama, science fiction, religion, good versus evil, and multiversal storylines. Andrea Sorrentino, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer and designer Steve Wands continue to show why this is arguably the best series Image is producing today.
Oh, so you found some pictures of your Niagara Falls trip, Mom. Cool! Let me see. Uh, Mom, these are magazine clippings. Yes, they are! Oh, boy.