Nowhere, No Place, No Time To Hide In Gideon Falls #8

by Brendan M. Allen

“Original Sins,” Part Two As the gossamer threads that appear to connect Father Fred and Norton across Space and Time become more entwined, Norton suffers a mental setback that could jeopardize both their investigations.

In the last chapter of Gideon Falls, things started coming together, but we learned there are more players involved in both timelines. This Joe Reddy fellow might have had something to do with Daniel’s disappearance on Father Fred’s end, and the creepy doctor that breached Norton’s door and took him hostage? Something’s off about that dude. Can’t quite pin it down.

Now, in Gideon Falls #8, Norton’s sedated in a padded room, rehashing his haunted childhood at Catholic School. Norton clearly has some deep rooted issues, and this awful place appears to be where the voices in his head started screaming. Father Fred starts having visions of his own that lead him to accompany Sheriff Miller to Joe Reddy’s house.

And then everything goes sideways again.

Every time I think I have Gideon Falls figured out, Jeff Lemire throws another insane twist in the mix that pretty much changes everything. Each of the layers he’s crafted works on its own as a twisted supernatural mystery. Then, when you start to see how all the pieces start fitting together, it’ll do your head in.

If the script weren’t enough to make you start questioning reality, those layouts by Andrea Sorrentino will certainly do the trick. There’s one spread in particular in this installment where Sorrentino must’ve drawn a thousand panels, then arranged them all into one of those photomosaics where all the tiny pictures make a larger picture. I’m viewing a digital copy, blown up about 700%. Those are all little frames. Every last one of them.

At this point in the story, I honestly don’t have any idea what’s going on. No clue whatsoever. Gideon Falls is designed to keep the reader on their heels and it fulfills that design beautifully. Layers upon layers, visions and voices. Somehow, the whole thing is connected, and we’re maddeningly close to knowing how.

Gideon Falls #8, published by Image Comics, released 14 Nov 2018. Created by Jeff Lemire (script) and Andrea Sorrentino (art), color by Dave Stewart, letters/design by Steve Wands.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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