End of first story arc: Father Fred enters The Black Barn on a daring rescue attempt but nothing can prepare him for the horrors within. Meanwhile Norton and Angie delve deeper into Norton’s past and zero in on the secrets of the Barn.
I absolutely love it when a book leaves me struggling for a description. There is so much to unpack in Gideon Falls #6, I don’t even know where to start. We finally see the Black Barn, as Father Fred ventures into the sinister structure. Meanwhile, Norton and Dr. Xu make a startling discovery back in the city. This arc-wrapping chapter cements the connection between the dual narratives and establishes the roles that two key players will have to fill in order to overcome the demonic edifice.
This moment was set up beautifully. By the time we cracked open this chapter, Jeff Lemire gave just enough background on each of the principals to invest, while keeping the big reveal maddeningly out of reach. And, for as long as you’ve waited, that reveal doesn’t come until the very last panel of the very last page. Don’t look away, and don’t blink.
Andrea Sorrentino gets to finally let loose with the hysteria. He’s been hinting at what this book would bring, dropping little visual cues in previous chapters, but this installment goes full fractured reality. Bored, snarky Jesus has to be one of my favorite recent visuals. Colors by Dave Stewart dial up the discomfort. These dudes are intentionally creating a nerve-racking, disquieting, and stressful experience for your enjoyment.
If chapters one through five were the slow burn, Gideon Falls #6 is definitely the powder keg. That last reveal is such a game changing, mind blowing pop, it secures Gideon Falls’ place among the top psychological thrillers of the year.
Gideon Falls #6, published by Image Comics, released on 15 August 2018. Created by Jeff Lemire (script) and Andrea Sorrentino (art), colors by Dave Stewart, letters/design by Steve Wands.